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6.12.2012 | Culture

Christmas in Tartu

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Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Tartu, a city with an abundance of holiday cheer! This year, get festive at a choral concert in St. John’s Church, partake in one of the many celebrations in the Town Hall Square, or ring in the New Year at the impressive Vanemuine Concert Hall. For more details on the holiday season in Tartu, see: http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee

2.12 19:00 The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra play “Golden Classics” at the Vanemuise Concert Hall. www.concert.ee/tartu

4.12 19:00 Get into the spirit with the concert “Christmas Time,” in St. Paul's Church. www.plmf.ee

4.–19.12 Eat Estonian Christmas food & treats, see farm animals, visit with Santa Claus, and take a sleigh ride in the park at The Estonian Agricultural Museum, during their program “Waiting for Christmas.” www.epm.ee

08.12 Alatskivi Castle Christmas Fair www.alatskiviloss.ee

8.12. 20.00 – 24.00 Lõunakeskus Shopping Centre “Imede öö” (The Night of Wonders) Deals and discounts, and the best prices of the year. Enjoy an ice show as well! www.lounakeskus.com

8.12 12:00 – 17:00 The design market “Clockwork,” at the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries, is a great place to find unique gifts. www.lmk.ee/eng

2.-06.01.2013 Tartu Christmas City: a series of events for all ages, held in and around the Town Hall Square. For more information and a schedule of events: http://joululinn.tartu.ee

15.12 11.00-17.00 The Christmas Fair, located in Tartu’s Town Hall Square and along Küüni Street, is a great place to find gifts while enjoying folk dancing, games, traditional Christmas food and more. http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee

15.12 13:00 4th Tartu Winter Dance Festival, held in the Town Hall Square. http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee

15.12 17.00 An advent concert by the Estonian Mixed Choirs’ Association at St. John’s Church. www.segakoorideliit.ee

16.12 17:00 A free performance of Christmas carols in Finnish and English at St John's Church. http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee

16.12 19:00 Ivo Linna, Ott Lepland, and Noorkuu perform spirited Christmas music at the Vanemuise Concert Hall. http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee/

18.12 19:00 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra perform Haydn’s “Te Deum.” www.concert.ee/tartu

19.12 19:00 “Christmas Bells” in St. John’s Church, by a vocalist from the Estonian National Opera, with oboe and percussion ensemble. " www.concert.ee/tartu

20.12 19:00 Young musicians from Tartu’s Arsise Kellade School offer a concert with Christmas flavour at St. Peter’s Church. http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee/

22.12 18:00 The Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra advent concert at St. John’s Church. www.vanemuine.ee

22.12 19:00 Annely Peebo, Dave Benton and the ETV children's Christmas show at the Vanemuise Concert Hall. http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee/

23.12 19:00 “Silent Night” performed by the Estonian National Male Choir at Vanemuise Concert Hall www.concert.ee/tartu

23.12 19:00 St Peter’s Church hosts a performance of “Jõuluöö Tähed” (Christmas Eve’s Stars) by opera singers Maria Listra and Jassi Zahharov, accompanied by piano. www.kontsert.ee

26.12 19:00 Christmas music with the Arsise Kellade Ensemble and Estonian National Opera soloists, performed in St. John’s Church http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee

27.12 19:00 “Christmas in the Heart” concert at St. John’s Church http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee

27.12 20:00 Liisi Koikson’s Christmas Concert at the Athena Centre. http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee/

29.12 15:00 Hortus Musicus perform at St. John’s Church. http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee

30.12 19.00 The Vanemuise End of Year Ball, an annual event featuring various artists and performers (tickets 26€, after 1 Dec 40€). www.vanemuine.ee

TEXT LISA AND KRISTEN DOBBIN, PHOTOS JAAK NILSON

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