Christmas Village at the Estonian Open Air Museum
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
Yuletide is the time for rejoicing, long-awaited by both children and adults. Everyone is longing for white Christmas, candlelight and a Christmas tree; everyone is waiting for the time to dress up and take a seat at the holiday table. Yet above all one is looking forward to the whole family to arrive home from far and near. It is only then that Christmas has truly come – by rejoicing and enjoying the Christmas spirit together.
Despite the cold and darkness of winter the flickering candles on the windows show you the way home and invite you to the Christmas celebration of our ancestors. Step over the threshold to observe holiday preparations of bygone days when postcards were still written by hand with a pen and ink, straw was brought to the room instead of a Christmas tree and Christmas sausages were still made at home.
Sassi-Jaani farm – Decorated Christmas trees throughout the past century.
Härjapea farm – Striving for beauty in the 1930s. A seamstress is sprucing up a party dress, while children can give a fling in fashion design with the help of paper dolls.
Kuie School – Singing of Christmas carols together with the schoolteacher. You can post your holiday wishes and let the photographer take a picture of you as a remembrance.
Sepa farm – Every nation has its own Christmas customs, the Setos (Orthodox Estonians from the south-eastern part of the country) are preparing for their winter holidays.
Köstriaseme farm – St. Thomas’ Day (December 21). The old housewife is making a ‘Sooty Thomas’, a straw doll symbolizing dirt and laziness. St. Thomas’ beggars visit the house to taste beer, freshly brewed by the master himself.
Pulga farm – Holiday preparations in an old farmhouse. The family is preparing tasty Christmas dishes and reminds you of traditional Christmas games.
Kolga farm – Coming home for Christmas! The family is cheered up by a soldier who has just returned home from the Russo-Turkish war.
Aarte farm – Holiday bustle in the fisherman’s family. The housewife is waiting for her husband with a home-made fish pie and freshly roasted coffee.
Sutlepa chapel – Concerts of choral music at 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00 o’clock.
Traditional Christmas dishes are offered by Kolu Inn. Sleighing or horse and carriage rides.
Admission: Adults 95 EEK / Concession 45 EEK / Family ticket 190 EEK
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