Tallinn, Estonia has been named ‘Best Christmas Destination’ in Europe by more than 208,000 voters in the ‘European Best Destination’ awards. The awards, ran in partnership with 300 European tourism offices and the EDEN Network, have been created by the European Commission to showcase the very best that destinations in Europe have to offer.
Thanks to Tallinn’s festive authenticity, the Estonian capital has taken first place ahead of other well-known, traditional Christmas destinations across Europe, including Strasbourg, Zagreb and Vienna and Budapest. The appeal of its impressive Christmas tree – a tradition that goes back to 1441 when the city was one of the first trees to be displayed in Europe, and the pastel-toned wrap-around of gabled houses, dominated by an impressive town hall, have all contributed to its charm.
As one of the oldest capitals in northern Europe, the city has one of the best-preserved medieval town centres in the world which is filled with cabins selling handicrafts, mulled wine and festive souvenirs and is visited by over 200,000 visitors each year. The traditional market also boasts Estonian Christmas dishes like black pudding and sour cabbage as well as a visit from Santa arriving by reindeer-pulled sleigh.
Running until 7 January 2019, the Christmas market is open from 10am – 8pm daily. For more information on Estonia please visit: https://www.visitestonia.com/en