Seto and Peipus-Russian Christmas

  • Adult fee 6 €

    Discount fee 4 €

    Family fee 12 €

January 7, 2016 at 12:00-17:00

Majority of the Slavs and Orthodox Setos celebrate Christmas according to the Old Calendar on January 6 and 7. The whole period of Christmas time – svjatki – lasts until January 19, the christening day. During this time people don´t work but overjoy for the birth of the Christ and go announcing the important occasion to their neighbours.

For the second time we celebrate Seto and Russian Christmas at the Estonian Open Air Museum  in addition to the Estonian Christmas.


Peipus-Russian dwelling

Festive day rye bread and vatrushkas are baked, chicory coffee is boiling on the oven.

It is believed that future can be seen during Christmas time and so we are foretelling future at the back room of Peipus-Russian dwelling.  


Seto farm

Setomaa Christmas dishes are cooked. Children can make rag dolls.


At the barn of the Seto farm

12:00 Song games from Setomaa lead by Ülle Paltser.

13:45 Preparations for caroling.

14:00 – 16:00 Concert of songs and dances introducing the winter solstice customs.


On the village green between the dwellings

Kolu Inn offers hot soup and other delicacies.

Everybody can participate at traditional folk games.

Tasting tea boiled in a samovar.

Skiing and sledding if the weather is appropriate.


The rear gate is opened in addition to the main gate (about 1 km from the main gate, in the direction of Kakumäe). Bus nr 21 from the city centre stops in front of the museum’s main gate (stop Rocca al Mare) or in front of the rear gate (stop Õismäe raba).