This winter, warm festive lights will shimmer through some of the longest nights of the year in Vilnius. Though sunshine may be scarce, there will be more than enough holiday spirit to make up for it. Catch the year’s first snowfall, seasonal treats and the unveiling of the town’s rather unusual Christmas trees this December – enjoy Christmas 2017 in Vilnius.
What to see? Where to eat? ? It takes just a little bit of planning to enjoy your magical Christmas in Vilnius. Here are some local recommendations for a memorable trip with fun activities, must-taste foods, and, of course, best photos.
You can be the greatest Santa this year! Combining your Christmas shopping with sightseeing is a breeze. Check out the best spots to get contemporary souvenirs, trendy clothing, unique jewellry, natural cosmetics, and interesting food. From pop-up designer markets to Christmas fairs – here’s everything you need to know.
Christmas markets smelling of candied nuts and filled with unique finds are a big thing in Vilnius. For the traditional Christmas entertainment, visit two main Christmas markets in city’s main squares. For modern and trendy Christmas filled with local designers and handmade gifts visit the smaller pop-up markets.
Maybe Vilnius is not the first city that pops into mind for New Year celebration, but it’s your chance to boast you found it before it was cool. Start the 2019 with experiencing something new – join the locals, taste unusual cuisine, meet new friends, and party all night.
Discover hidden gems and hear breath-taking stories about Vilnius in an unusual guided tour. Learn some Lithuanian Christmas magic, check out 100 years of Lithuanian independence, or descent into the catacombs only to emerge onto the street for an artisan coffee tour. You’ll have exciting stories to tell over the Christmas dinner.
Starting December 1st it’s Christmas around every corner in Vilnius. Get ready for one of the most beautiful Christmas Trees, a ride on a Christmas train, traditional Christmas markets, and a city lit with fairy lights. See the full programme of events and activities during a Christmas season in Vilnius.
Treat your taste buds with unique foods in acclaimed restaurants or food markets. Learn more about the craft beer culture and get your energy from the best coffee in town. Here are some thoughts on what to look for in the Vilnius’ food scene.
It’s easy to take a good look on a Christmas tree from above. Take a rare chance and get a memorable look at a snowy Vilnius from a hot air balloon or get a cocktail at 165 meters high. Check out the highest spots to get to and enjoy a different perspective of the city.
Christmas season in Vilnius is not only carols. Explore the contemporary cultural scene and join a local tradition of seeing a Nutcracker ballet, listening to the national orchestra performances, or visiting the newest modern art museum opened in October. See Vilnius filled with action in the Christmas season.
Come to Vilnius with children and show them the magic of Christmas. The streets and squares are filled with wonders and sightseeing can be easily done in a special Christmas train. See the best events and activities.
In Lithuania, Christmas Eve is one of the most peaceful holidays of the year. It has always been a time when the whole family gathers at the dinner table. Tradition has it that all disagreements must be settled before Christmas Eve dinner so that the upcoming year may bring peace and joy. This little list will help you experience Christmas Eve in a very Lithuanian way.
Christmas Day marks the end of the fast that precedes this major holiday. Hence, most traditional food consumed during December and on Christmas Eve dinner don’t include meat. You can find the most popular Christmas dishes at Vilnius’ restaurants and supermarkets from late November – here’s our pick of what to search for.
As Vilnius’ concert halls fill with festive music and the town’s streets come alive with markets and fairs, find an event that sounds just right for you and step outside. With some luck, you may even get to experience the year’s first snowfall.
Tourist Information Centres’ working hours:
THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN
1 December 2018 – 7 January 2019. The train “station” is located at a special stop opposite Cathedral Square.
SHOPPING IN VILNIUS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES IN VILNIUS OVER CHRISTMAS