A travel magazine declares Tallinn’s Christmas market one of the best in Europe

An American travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, has declared the Tallinn Christmas market as one of the best in Europe.

In its 2017 “The Best Christmas Markets in Europe” list, the magazine listed Tallinn as number two, saying the market’s highlight is its Christmas tree that “the city has been putting up in front of its town hall since 1441 – making it the first Christmas tree to ever be displayed in Europe”.

“In addition to Estonian Christmas dishes like black pudding and sour cabbage (it’s better than it sounds, we swear), Tallinn’s market also has a Santa who arrives by reindeer-pulled sleigh,” the magazine adds, somewhat weirdly as what it calls “sour cabbage” is commonly known in the English and German-speaking world as “sauerkraut” – something that at least in the US, where Condé Nast Traveler is based, is commonly available and a well-known ingredient in sandwiches and hot dogs.

The list also features the Christmas markets in Prague, the Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Dresden, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Nuremberg, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Strasbourg, France; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Salzburg, Austria.

Condé Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine published by Condé Nast, an American media company that also prints magazines like the New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

The Tallinn Christmas market will be open until 6 January 2018, daily from 10AM to 8PM (hot Christmas drinks are served until 11PM). The cultural programme will run on Fridays from 5PM to 7PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM to 2PM. Father Christmas can be found at his house every day from 3 December, from 12PM to 6PM.

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Cover: The Tallinn Christmas market from air (image by Kaupo Kalda).

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