Christmas Village. Christmas beliefs and miracles through centuries.

  • Adult fee 12 €

    Discount fee 10 €

    Family fee 25 €

December 14-15, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


After Christmas Village visitors can enjoy a video and light performance WINTER SOLSTICE WEDDING with the same ticket. 


Christmas celebrations have changed over the centuries. Pagan traditions have got mixed with Christian ones and, old folk traditions have been influenced by more recent western practices. During different times, people have expected their ancestors’ souls at Christmas Night; they have performed rites to bring good luck, told stories about Baby Jesus and waited for Father Christmas or elves.

People have believed in Christmas miracles. In the Christmas Village at the Open Air Museum you can get into Christmas spirit and find out about Christmas beliefs and traditions throughout time.


1) Sassi-Jaani farm – Christmas elves game and Holiday buzz

Today’s Christmas buzz of shopping malls, flashing Christmas lights and constantly playing carols have made their way to the Christmas Village. They serve as modern ghost lights. Sassi-Jaani farm is decorated for the holiday and some Christmas elves (päkapikud) have been hidden away there.  Find them and you will get some sweets from Mother Christmas.

Beautiful Estonian handicraft items can be bought at the fair held inside the farmhouse. Friends of the Open Air Museum serve hot tea in the summer kitchen. 


2) Köstriaseme farm – Christmas in the sacristan’s family

For centuries, Christmas has been celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. Köstriaseme household has a meek and quiet spirit. A sacristan living on this farm is preparing for the Christmas sermon. You can listen to the stories about Baby Jesus, the true message of Christmas and Christmas miracles.

Straw decorations are made in the kiln-room.


3) Härjapea farm  „Father Christmas is on the way…“

During Soviet time Christmas as a religious holiday was in disgrace and celebration of Christmas was even restricted by law; Christmas Eve was just a regular business day. Due to this, many families celebrated New Year’s Eve instead. At Härjapea farm there is excitement in the air – the family has gathered; Christmas tree is decorated; the table is set and sparkling wine is already in the fridge. The only one missing is Father Christmas...


4) Nulli-Maie sauna – beliefs of dark midwinter night

To get warm at crisp Christmas Eve, a poor cotter’s family is heating a sauna and telling exciting and a bit scary stories about midwinter. You can hear about Old Nick, ghosts and evil spirits, who as well are around during the holiday.


5) Pulga farm – Christmas in the old barn-dwelling

The kiln-room is heated warm, the Christmas crown is attached to the ceiling and the Holiday table is set. The Pulga family has brought straw to the room to cover the floor and they are ready to celebrate winter holidays with dignity. Here you can learn about old Christmas traditions and find out how to protect your family from evil. 


6) Kuie School – first Christmas tree in 1887

The newly appointed schoolmaster at Kuie School has organised a Christmas party for the poor of the village to bring a little Christmas joy for the people in need. Together they sing Christmas carols, decorate the Christmas tree and exchange gifts. This evening is like a miracle for the poor.


7) Lau shop – time for gifts and good wishes

By the 1930s, preparing gifts had become common in both villages and cities. The salesladies at the Lau village shop display new Christmas goods and give good advice on what to get for your loved ones. As a novelty, beautiful holiday cards have arrived and, furthermore, a post office has been set up for the visitors. In the living room, you may also make your own Christmas card, fill it in with kind wishes and post it straight away. 


8) Sepa farm – if one only knew what the coming year will bring…

Long holidays and especially Christmas Eve and midwinter night is a good time to tell fortune and influence the future. The daughters of Sepa farm are known in the village for being good fortune-tellers, they have learned a bit of witchcraft from their mother as well. They will share their knowledge with the curious who dare to enter their house. The master of Sepa farm does not succumb to the womenfolk, as he invites everyone to cast molten tin in the smithy.


9) Sutlepa Chapel

Beautiful Christmas carols in the museum’s small chapel.



12.00 Tallinn French Lyceum children's choir

13.00 Crede chamber choir

14.00 Nõmme Oral History School (Nõmme Pärismuskool)

15.00 Estonian Academy of Arts chamber choir


12.00 Tallinna Saarlaste Segakoor mixed choir

14.00 St Lucy’s Day programme by Tallinn Bethel Congregation chamber choir 

15.00 Christmas sermon conducted by Toomas Paul


10) Kolu Inn

You can rest your feet and try tasty holiday dishes at Kolu Inn.


11) Setu farm and Russian house from Peious celebrate Christmas according to the old calendar on 6th and 7th of January. You can get to know their Christmas traditions on January 4th at the Estonian Open Air Museum. For more information: Seto and Peipus-Russian Christmas celebration.




 After Christmas Village visitors can enjoy a video and light performance WINTER SOLSTICE WEDDING with the same ticket. 





By car: free parking at the main gate of the museum.

Public transport: buses No. 21 and 21b stop at the main gate of the museum (stop Rocca al Mare). Bus No. 22, 42 and 43: get off at the Zoo stop and walk along the seaside road for around 15 minutes. Buses No. 41 and 41b take you back to the city centre. See timetables:



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