Construction of Tartu's festive ice rink started this week and will open on November 27, the first Advent Sunday, the same day as the Village of Light.
This year the base will be constructed from wood which can be reused in future years.
In previous years, the base was made using 800 tonnes of sand.
Tartu City Council said this new method is more economical both for the council and the environment.
The rink will be built on Raekoja plats around the statue of the Kissing Students.
Tartu will also host its annual Village of Light on the square this year, which will include glass-walled pavilions and the usual Christmas tree.
The Village of Light will be open from November 27 to January 8.
Editor: Helen Wright