The mayor declared Christmas peace

At noon on Christmas Eve, the Mayor of Tallinn, Mihhail Kõlvart, proclaimed Christmas peace, traditionally reading a historical Christmas peace message to the townspeople from the Town Hall window.

The practice of declaring Christmas peace dates back to the 17th century and belongs to the common rule of law of Estonia, Finland and Sweden. The tradition began during the reign of Queen Kristiina of Sweden in 1632-1654.

The proclamator of Christmas peace is either the Mayor or the City Secretary, the place is the city where the archbishop's cathedral is located and the venue is the balcony of the civil building. The time of announcement is traditionally minutes before and after noon on Christmas Eve.

See also: the Mayor´s seasonal greetings