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Vilnius to celebrate its birthday with the Second Annual Festival of Lights

Vilnius’ second annual Festival of Lights will be celebrating the city’s 697th birthday with 30 light installations from 24 to 26 January. The international festival will concentrate on the courtyards of Vilnius Old Town, bringing a bit of warmth to the cold mid-winter, drawing attention to the city’s architecture, and inviting people to explore some of its most stunning hidden corners.

The first Vilnius Festival of Lights was well-received, attracting more than 130,000 visitors to the 26 light installations set up by artists from 8 countries – everyone was especially surprised by the illuminated sword of the Gediminas statue at Cathedral Square. This year, the festival will highlight the work of Lithuanian artists. From the courtyard of the Arts Printing House to the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, this year’s installations, which will include depictions of various symbols of Vilnius, promise to delight and surprise. Check out the route at or just walk around the Old Town and follow the glow of the installations.

The Vilnius Festival of Lights is one of the highlights of the capital’s birthday celebration in the run-up to the city’s 700th anniversary in 2023.

When: 24-26 January
Where: various locations
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Price: free

Join free excursions

Fall in love with Vilnius, be it at first sight or at second glance – it’ll be the greatest birthday present for the city celebrating its 697th anniversary. Discover the city on a free guided tour of the key historical sites that are most important to the founding of Vilnius. In just a few hours, you’ll learn all about old legends and fascinating stories, and hear about day-to-day life in the city throughout different periods. Also, enjoy the Vilnius Festival of Lights along the way – visit the special courtyards where you will be greeted by impressive light installations.

No need to register for the tour in advance; just come to the Tourist Information Centre (Pilies g. 2) for an evening of adventure.

Tour times:

24 January at 18:00 and 19:00

25 January at 18:00 and 19:00

26 January at 18:00

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

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