Christmas Jazz Festival 25.11 - 13.12.2016 Christmas Jazz is an intimate and serene-sounding international festival at the end of November and beginning of December each year. The Festival organises numerous concerts with varied programs at churches, clubs and concert halls. In 2016 the event is headlined by ten-time Grammy winner American vocal sextet Take 6. The headliner’s concerts are to be opened by Estonian Voices, one of the favourite vocal groups among locals. Christmas Jazz is organised by Jazzkaar, the largest jazz festival in the Baltics, held in Tallinn since 1990. In addition to the Christmas Jazz festival, Jazzkaar also organizes an annual Jazzkaar spring festival. More info on the programme and tickets is available at www.jazzkaar.ee/en
Christmas Hike in South Estonia 25.12.2016 On Christmas Day, 25 December, every year, a group of enthusiasts conquer the 20 highest peaks of Southern Estonia. Now let’s be frank – Estonia is not known for its mountainous terrain. The highest peak, Suur Munamägi, is a towering 317 meters in height (with a relative height of just 65m, since it is located far from the sea and does not rise from sea level). However, all of Estonia’s modest hills offer some great walking opportunities. The 7-to-10-hour Christmas Day walk, on a 25km trail, gains new friends every time. For the past few years the participant count has reached over 200 people. It is a truly wonderful ‘outside the box’ option with which to spend one of the darkest days of the year. The first Christmas Hike, organized by Tartu University Student’s Nature Protection Circle, first took place in 1998. There were 30 participants back then who, instead of walking, cross-country skied along the trail. The modern event is free, and to participate you do not need to register. Simply meet up with the other hikers at Haanja Suusabaas on 25 December, 2016 at 9 am sharp. Make sure to dress according to the weather of course, which usually means warm clothes and a coat as well as a hat and gloves, put on some waterproof hiking boots and bring your own headlamp & extra batteries for the dark afternoon & evening hours.
Tallinn Christmas Market 18.11.2016 – 08.01.2017 The fairytale atmosphere of the Christmas market which is held in the Town Hall Square in Tallinn every year, makes anything possible! At the heart of it all – apart from Santa and his (real live!) reindeers, who are perennial favourites with the kids – is Estonia’s most famous Christmas tree, surrounded by little huts selling their wares. Here you will find handicraft specialists and their work, Estonian food and drink, both non-alcoholic and more medicinal, of the season, snow sculptures and a mini-zoo for the little ones – including rabbits, goats, lambs, ponies and geese. A cultural program is held as part of the market every weekend and on other special days, with performances by song and dance groups and choirs from different counties around the country.
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