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Christmas adventures await in Vilnius 

Where do Santa’s elves live? Where can you find the most beautiful Christmas tree or be tempted by a fabulous ice rink? The streets of Vilnius will be brimming with Christmas cheer starting on 26 November. The season we’ve all been waiting for is here, when the city turns into a festive fairy tale.
Count down the days until Christmas and do something meaningful and memorable every day – Vilnius has prepared oodles of entertainment so that you can create new holiday traditions and set out for adventure. Christmas in the capital is special, because everyone gets a miracle here. So go into town – after all, it’s always more fun celebrating together! For more information on Christmas events visit https://www.kaledossostineje.lt/en/.
Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Cathedral Square
26 November 2022 – 8 January 2023.

Christmas in Vilnius begins with the most beautiful Christmas tree around! It will leave you speechless and create a festive atmosphere throughout the Christmas season. 

Christmas Market

Christmas Market

Cathedral Square and Vincas Kudirka Square
26 November 2022 – 1 January 2023

Santa’s elves live in Vilnius at the Christmas market, under the gorgeous Christmas tree. Shop for fun souvenirs, warm up with a cup of festive hot chocolate, and share the joy. 

Christmas Train

Christmas Train

Vilnius Old Town
26 November 2022 – 8 January 2023

Santa Claus travels by sleigh, but you can travel around the Vilnius Old Town by train! This one is decorated and plays Christmas music, making everyone who sees it smile. 

Christmas in Vilnius Communities

Christmas in Vilnius Communities

1–30 December 2022

All of Vilnius is celebrating Christmas! Every community in Vilnius has its own traditions and is giving locals a variety of entertainment to make the wait more enjoyable. Join in on the community events and celebrate together. 

Vilnius Ice Rink

Vilnius Ice Rink

Lukiškės Prison 2.0
1 December 2022 – 28 February 2023 

Keep on skating! In this incredible environment surrounded by the Lukiškės Prison ensemble, you’ll feel like you’re in a winter fairy tale or a film. 

International Christmas Charity Fair

International Christmas Charity Fair

Vilnius Town Hall 
3 December 2022  

By purchasing Christmas gifts, you can help others celebrate the holidays as well. Come to the fair to learn about the holiday traditions, taste special dishes, and purchase gifts to support those who are having a harder time this season. 

Christmas Run

Christmas Run

Vincas Kudirka Square
10 December 2022 

Is the holiday marathon beginning? Challenge yourself and run through the streets of Vilnius with other enthusiasts and even Santa Clauses! Crossing the finish line will be a gift that you’ll remember for a long time. 

“Create a Christmas Mood in Vilnius 2022” Competition

“Create a Christmas Mood in Vilnius 2022” Competition

14–21 December 2022

Take a closer look around the streets of Vilnius and find the city’s most festive window display. Maybe you’ll see a fairy tale in the window, or maybe you’ll be greeted by magic at the door. You can also contribute to selecting the winner of the competition, so look for your favourite! 

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass

Vilnius Cathedral
21:00, 24 December 2022

Take part in one of the most distinct Christmas traditions and celebrate the birth of Jesus at midnight mass. Remember the meaning of Christmas and start the celebration in a meaningful way. 

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve

Cathedral Square
31 December 2022

Ring in the New Year with the Cathedral bell tower clock striking midnight. This has already become a Vilnius tradition – it’s like one big party filled with hope and joy. What will the New Year bring?  

Three Kings

Three Kings

Gate of DawnCathedral Square
6 January 2023

Wave to the Three Kings – Balthazar, Caspar and Melchior – and receive a blessing for the coming year. Join the procession to see off the winter holidays and celebrate the return of the sun. 

More Christmas ideas

More Christmas ideas

The Mystery of Vilnius’ Christmas Tree
The Mystery of Vilnius’ Christmas Tree

The Christmas trees of Vilnius are famous for their original themes.

The Miracle of Christmas Gifts
The Miracle of Christmas Gifts

When looking for holiday gifts, don’t forget the local creators.

Top 10 Restaurants in Vilnius to Dine at this Holiday Season
Top 10 Restaurants in Vilnius to Dine at this Holiday Season

Winter in Vilnius is the feast for the eyes and stomach! Be sure you’ll get tempted on every corner. Explore traditional seasonal delights in Christmas markets, unique flavours at a tasting dinner, gourmet trips around the world on your plate, and desserts that take you to heaven. It’s nearly impossible to choose from, so just try as many flavours of Vilnius as you can.

Everything You Need to Know About Christmas Fairs in Vilnius 
Everything You Need to Know About Christmas Fairs in Vilnius 

Choosing the perfect Christmas gift is an art, but Vilnius makes it easy and fun.

Tasting Christmas One Dish at a Time
Tasting Christmas One Dish at a Time

There are over 100 Lithuanian Christmas Eve dishes.

Sights that’ll make your eyes light up
Sights that’ll make your eyes light up

Make sure your camera is fully charged because you're in for a treat in Vilnius!

Winter activities in Vilnius
Winter activities in Vilnius

You say it’s gloomy, cold and dark outside during this winter period? Then we say there’s no need to be sad, because you can find oodles of outdoor and indoor activities in Vilnius that will lift your spirits and give you all the energy you need!

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