22.10.2020

A wider-than-usual Christmas program awaits all citizens in Old Town this year

This year's Christmas season offers more than usual in Tallinn, because besides the traditional Christmas market in the Town Hall Square, there will also be different activities available for all the citizens and visitors throughout the city.

The Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart said, that this year’s Christmas will be filled with versatile culture and activity program and that the Christmas spirit will be created throughout the city. „Despite tha fact that our long-time partner and organizer of the traditional Christmas market suggested that this year’s market should be canceled, the city is currently working on developing a broader concept and cultural program for the Christmas time. This means that the activities will not only be limited with the Christmas market in Town Hall Square, because Christmas is actually much more than just trading,” added the Mayor. „Most likely trips that were planned for school and winter holidays will be canceled this year and this is the main reason why we still want to offer exciting program and many different activities for our citizens. We also would like to make sure that they Christmas spirit is created throughout Tallinn and not only in the Old Town.”

The city's winter and Christmas lights will be switched on by the first Advent, to which new and exciting lighting solutions will be gradually added in the urban space in December. This year, several new illuminated objects will be added to the customary winter lighting. The traditional and central city’s Christmas tree will arrive in the Town Hall Square on November 19.

District governor of DownTown  Monika Haukanõmm pointed out that this year’s Christmas program in the heart of the Old Town will this time be born in cooperation. „In order to be able to offer exciting moments and interesting activities to the citizens and other visitors, we have come together with different entrepreneurs in the Old Town as well as cultural and educational institutions. Defferent museums and the Town Hall open their doors for visitors and many exciting excursions, various workshops, Christmas performances, etc. are taking place during the Christmas period,” said Haukanõmm. „In addition to the city's most beautiful Christmas tree in the Town Hall Square, everyone can admire other bright Christmas trees all around the city. Also enjoy dancing, singing and even fairytale reading shop windows, and other art and light installations. Therefore, it is worth coming with your friends and family, and experiencing a genuine and a bit magical Christmas feeling, that is offered by the medieval heart of Tallinn.”

As the organizer of the Tallinn’s Christmas Market, 5+ Capital OÜ, submitted a request to the Government of the City Center to temporarily suspend the concession agreement for the organization of the Christmas market this year, the city decided to start looking for alternative solutions. A three-year concession agreement with 5+ Capital OÜ was signed last summer by the Covernment of the City Centre which indicated that 5+ Capital OÜ will be a co-organizer of the yearly Christmas Market. The organization was responsible for providing daily trading activities during the Christmas market and in addition to that, was also obligated to offer a cultural program during the weekends, that was in coordination with the Government of the City Centre and Tallinn’s Town Hall. The organizer also needed to ensure the security and cleaning services in the Christmas market and organize the presence of the Santa Claus.