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First advent candle to be lit on Raekoja Square Christmas tree this Sunday

First advent candle to be lit on Raekoja Square Christmas tree this Sunday

Tallinn's Mayor, Mihhail Kõlvart, and Tallinn’s Dean Jaak Aus will light the first advent candle on the Christmas tree at Raekoja Square on Sunday, December 3, at 4:00 PM.

The traditional candle lighting ceremony will be accompanied by Christmas songs performed by a united choir from the congregations of the Tallinn Deanery. Participants include the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir Canorus of the EELK Tallinn Kaarli Church, the mixed choir and chamber choir Aktiva of Jaani Church, the Chamber Choir of the Holy Spirit Church, the mixed choir Laudate Dominum of the St. Mary's Cathedral, the chamber choir of Peeteli Church, the Mission Choir, and the Tallinn Chamber Choir.

This year, Tallinn's most important square is adorned with a lush 14-meter-high spruce tree, which was brought from Nabala village in Kiili parish and put up on Raekoja Square on November 23.

On December 1, at 6:00 PM, Tallinn's Christmas market will open, remaining accessible until January 7th. The opening remarks will be made by Monika Haukanõmm, the governor of City Centre, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree. The opening ceremony concludes with music, featuring Estonian singers Ott Lepland and Tanja Mihhailova-Saar, along with the Valge Gospel Choir. In line with environmentally sustainable practices, this year's Christmas market will utilize reusable dishes with a deposit of two euros. The deposit is refunded upon returning the dishes to the collection point.

As part of the European Green Capital project, from December 1-3, light shows will be presented in five locations in the old town: "Imagine" at 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM in the Commandant's Garden; "Raba" at 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM on Harju Hill Park; "Mets" at 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM in Hirvepark; "Blossom" at 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM in Toompark; and "Maakene" at 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM in the Towers' Square (Tornide väljak).

For more information on the Tallinn Christmas Market and its program, visit the website at