Festive reasons for a Christmas shopping spree in Tallinn
Why not combine Christmas shopping with an unforgettable short break in the Estonia capital, Tallinn?
The fairytale magic of the old town is guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit and the glitzy department stores and shopping centres have everything you need under one roof. Enjoy a shopping spree in Tallinn this winter and you’ll be quickly absorbed into the romance of it all. With temperatures of between 2°C and -3°C, you may be lucky enough for it to snow during your visit. If it does, you’ll feel like you have just stepped into a snow globe. If you love the magic of Christmas, the atmosphere of the old town markets and boutiques will charm you. Tallinn also offers world-class shopping and international brands so you can be sure your Christmas gift will all be in place before you return home, leaving just the wrapping of presents to do.
Fairytale Christmas markets
In pride of place, outside the gothic Town Hall, you’ll find a quaint village of markets stalls with the impressive Christmas tree taking centre stage. They are open daily between mid-November and January so there is plenty of chance to browse, sample tasty treats and soak up the atmosphere. As you wander around the snow-capped cabins, mulled wine in hand, you’ll be mesmerised by the range of gift ideas. Baltic amber, knitwear, handmade crafts, sheepskins and the local Tallinn Liqueur are just some of the products to purchase here.
Boutiques, crafts and design
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In and around the architecturally stunning old town, alleyways and narrow streets will lead you to a range of independent boutiques and souvenir stores, as well as craft and design shops. This is the perfect place to pick up unique presents. Don’t forget to stop for a coffee and take in the magical atmosphere or do a spot of sightseeing while you are here.
Glitzy department stores
If you are looking for designer fashion brands, beauty products and cosmetics, accessories, interior designs, food and electronics then visit Kaubamaja Tallinnas or Stockmann department stores. Both, located in the heart of the city, are the perfect shopping venue as you can simply step from one brand or department to the next. Enjoy the festive vibe as you shopfor treats for family and friends.
Everything under one roof
If it’s time for some serious shopping, head a little out of town for two of the best shopping experiences in the country. Leave the winter chill outside and shop until your heart’s content under the warmth of one roof. Rocca Al Mare is located 6km from the centre of Tallinn. Ülemiste Centre is located 3km away from the city centre, close to the airport. It is worth the trip because once you reach Estonia’s largest shopping centre, you’ll find yourself in retail heaven.
Both centres have over 160 stores and food outlets to choose from. You’ll find many of your favourite high street brands in fashion, shoes, sporting gear, toys, home and electronics, and Christmas gift ideas here for even the most difficult people to buy for.
Tallinn is a shopper’s paradise but during the lead up to Christmas it becomes that little bit extra special. The streets are illuminated with festive decorations and the stores welcome you with seasonal cheer. The atmosphere is hard to put into words. Book your pre-Christmas break with the Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn Hotel and find out for yourself how it is to experience the Estonian capital this winter.