For an authentic Christmas market, Tallinn is hard to beat. But it’s not the only reason to go

Snow is falling in Tallinn’s Town Hall Square and at its dinky Christmas market a blonde woman in furs sits beneath a food stand, tucking into black pudding and fried potatoes. Dean Martin’s White Christmas echoes over the wooden chalets, and at the grog hut there’s a queue for hot, rum-based Vana Tallinn liqueur.

Christmas market season is here, and for authenticity Tallinn pips its European rivals. Added to that, tourists are thin on the ground – though maybe not for long: Lonely Planet recently tipped Tallinn as the best-value destination for 2018. Then there’s the appeal of its impressive Christmas tree – a tradition that goes back to 1441 when the city’s was one of the first trees to be displayed in Europe. The setting is fabulous, too: a pastel-toned wrap-around of gabled houses dominated by an impressive town hall.

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Source: The Guardian

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