The magic of Christmas in Tallinn

I know it. Looking at the cover image of Tallinn and its Christmas market in the Old Town, one would want to run to the airport and leave immediately! At least to enjoy the fresh air, the snow of Estonia and the atmosphere of its capital.

I remember a Christmas in Tallinn a few years ago. A truly special and particular city: The absolute silence of some streets broken only by the “cracking” of the snow under the boots that alternates with the more crowded streets of other areas of the center. Tallinn has a very special charm that will captivate you, especially during the Christmas period, when lights, snow and colors make this already magical place even more enchanted.

The Christmas tree

It is said that the first Tallinn Christmas tree was brought to the city as far back as 1441 by the Brotherhood of the Blackheads. If this were true, the Tallinn Christmas tree would be the first Christmas tree to be placed on the square in a European town. The event became of great interest for business and the nobility, so much so that during the installation of the Christmas tree of 1711, Peter the Great, the Great Emperor of Russia, was attracted.

Every year in Estonia there is a competition to decide the most beautiful fir that will go to Town Hall Square in Tallinn during the Christmas holidays. Here it will be covered with lights and decorations produced by the Adam Decolight factory in Rapla, Estonia, which creates lights for the tree but also for roads, airports and shopping centers all over the world.

The Christmas markets

You can see it from the aerial photo of the cover but, the Tallinn Christmas markets are a real splendor. All around the Christmas tree in the town hall square of the medieval center are the wooden houses with many flavors and aromas of the Estonian capital.
If you happen to run into Santa on his way south, don’t be too surprised. Who knows he doesn’t stop around here to let the reindeer rest!


Source and cover photo: Visit Estonia

Christmas in Odense

Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense in 1805 in modest conditions as the son of a shoemaker. What better time, if not Christmas, is there to dream of becoming a famous person despite the fact that life has not been favorable to us from the beginning? In 1867 HC Andersen was made an honorary citizen and Odense welcomed the news by organizing a torchlight procession in his honor.

In the magical atmosphere of Christmas, thinking of starting your visit to the city right from the yellow house of one of the most famous writers in the world, can be an idea to fully enjoy the period and the Nordic feeling that this special place can give you.

While Odense is well suited to families, it is also true that children will go crazy with joy when they can admire rare pieces of Danish railways in the Odense Railway Museum, which is located near the center (look for Danmarks Jernbanemuseum on google maps).

During the dark season and the winter period, being able to enjoy the Christmas lights and fresh northern air is essential for strolling along the streets of Odense in December. On the last Saturday of November, the Flakhaven Christmas tree, the town hall square, lights up and there will be music, events and the presence of a very important character: Santa Claus.

The hot chocolate

If you think Northern Europe is just cold and ice, then you are missing out on a lot. I remember wonderful journeys with breathtaking views, but the pleasure of walking into a bar for a hot drink after spending a few hours out walking is priceless!
In Odense you will find a hot chocolate for every taste: walking around the city there are cafes that make many types of hot chocolate: if you are undecided between cocoa and hot chocolate, entering the FredosCoffeeright you will not know what to choose, as here they serve an infinite variety of chocolates, coffees and capuccinos. The Papas Papbar will drive you crazy! Here you can choose your chocolate and then you can decide which of the 600 board games to choose as you spend your time warming up with your hot drink in hand. If you are in company and fear the cold, perhaps this is the bar for you!
Is the chocolate plus alcohol option your favorite? The Receteria offers chocolates with Baileys or Cacao with Cointreau Rum and orange.
If all this is not enough to pamper you…

The Christmas markets

The first two weekends of December (4-5 and 11-12 December), Odense hosts the Christmas markets right in the historic center, the ideal setting for organizing a Christmas party with a unique atmosphere. Odense’s markets attract around 60,000 people and give the opportunity to find delicious food stands, small events but above all, that unique feeling of being in the heart of a colorful and fairytale city, as was its most famous inhabitant.

Source and photo: Visit Odense and visit Denmark

Il Natale in Norvegia

Natale a Tromsø ( foto copertina)

Il tempo buio che sperimentiamo può essere pesante per molti. Allora è bene che la città e la gente mettano luce e colore nel tempo che precede il Natale. Storgata ha il suo spettacolo di luci. La Cattedrale Artica è stata nuovamente illuminata di blu. Ad Alfheim è stato regalato un cuore rosso nella grande vetrata panoramica che dà sulla città, e in piazza si accendono le candele sull’albero di Natale. Tutto sommato, questo periodo oscuro e strano rende un po’ più facile superare tutto quanto...-

Il periodo che precede il Natale è un momento speciale in Norvegia. Le candele illuminano le case durante i freddi e bui mesi invernali. La maggior parte delle città norvegesi ha fiere e mercatini di Natale, concerti stagionali e spettacoli in questo momento. Il più grande mercatino di Natale di Oslo è quello del museo popolare Norsk Folkemuseum a Bygdøy. Bergen è famosa per la sua città di pan di zenzero che viene eretta ogni anno a Torgallmenningen. La città mineraria di Røros nella Norvegia orientale è un luogo davvero magico da visitare a dicembre e la Christmas House di Tregaarden a Drøbak è assolutamente da vedere come unico negozio di Natale permanente della Scandinavia.

Visit Bergen / Robin Strand – visitbergen.com

Il cibo tipico di Natale include ribbe (pancetta di maiale arrosto), pinnekjøtt (costole di agnello salate ed essiccate, a volte affumicate) e lutefisk (stoccafisso ammorbidito in acqua e liscivia prima della cottura).

Christmas in Norway

Christmas in Tromsø (cover photo)

The dark time we experience can be heavy for many. So it is good that the city and the people put light and color in the time before Christmas. Storgata has its own light show. The Arctic Cathedral was once again illuminated in blue. Alfheim was given a red heart in the large panoramic window overlooking the city, and in the square the candles are lit on the Christmas tree. All in all, this dark and strange time makes it a little easier to get through it all...-

The run-up to Christmas is a special time in Norway. Candles light up homes during the cold, dark winter months. Most Norwegian cities have Christmas fairs and markets, seasonal concerts and shows right now. Oslo’s largest Christmas market is that of the Norsk Folkemuseum in Bygdøy. Bergen is famous for its gingerbread town which is erected annually in Torgallmenningen. The mining town of Røros in eastern Norway is a truly magical place to visit in December, and the Tregaarden Christmas House in Drøbak is a must see as Scandinavia’s only permanent Christmas shop.

Visit Bergen / Robin Strand – visitbergen.com

Typical Christmas food includes ribbe (roasted pork belly), pinnekjøtt (salted and dried, sometimes smoked, lamb ribs) and lutefisk (stockfish softened in water and lye before cooking).