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Christmas in Vilnius 2017

Christmas in Vilnius 2017

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.

PLAN YOUR CHRISTMAS IN VILNIUS

There are a number of ways to celebrate Christmas in Vilnius. Whether it’s a merry little Christmas or something more grand you’re after, you’re sure to find events and activities that spark your interest. We’re starting off with a few ideas – be sure to check back for regular updates.

Christmas shopping in Vilnius

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN VILNIUS

Nothing can feel quite as exciting as buying a present that you know someone dear to you will love. But with everyone out shopping in December, it’s important to know where to go so you can save time. This little guide will give you a good feel of where Vilnius locals do their holiday shopping

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Christmas markets in Vilnius

CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN VILNIUS

This year, Vilnius will host two main Christmas markets in the centre of town – at two of the city’s main squares, which can easily be visited in one evening. But that’s not all – an array of smaller markets will pop-up all around the city. Come around for handmade gifts, special Christmas treats and warm drinks

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Celebrate New Year in Vilnius

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S IN VILNIUS

Vilnius may not be your typical destination for a New Year’s celebration, but that’s really just one more good reason to come. Forget about the crowds you have to elbow through and party into 2018 in the lively Lithuanian capital. So where’s the best place to be on 31 December and what do locals do?

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A CHRISTMAS WEEKEND IN VILNIUS

The streets of Vilnius in December are brighter than ever. The buildings are decked out in festive lights and when the town folk talk about the weather, the topic of first snow comes up. Join the locals in the holiday buzz and unwind in Vilnius during this Christmas Season

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DECEMBER EVENTS IN VILNIUS

As the year draws to a close, Vilnius will be teeming with activities and visitors from near and far. Join them and enjoy the town in December – the month has a special place in the hearts of many because of its festive mood

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COZY PLACES FOR A WINTER EVENING

There’s beauty to be found in Vilnius at any time of the year. However, exploring the town in winter also requires knowing about places where you can step inside to warm up and nibble on a little comfort food – this is your handy guide

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A HIP CHRISTMAS SEASON

The Christmas season doesn’t have to be full of traditional pastimes. In fact, Vilnius offers events that, at first thought, may not be your typical choice of Christmas activities. Here’s what’s in store this year

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A JINGLE BELLS CHRISTMAS SEASON

After a classic Christmas experience? Or would you rather have a holiday season that’s more hip? This year, Vilnius is bound to make both those wishes come true, and more. Whether it’s a heartwarming musical performance or a Christmas run you’re after – we’ve got you covered

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A CHRISTMAS SEASON FOR FAMILIES

It’s fair to say that no one is counting down the days to Christmas with more anticipation and excitement than kids. And when the holiday season will finally be here, take them to one of the special places in Vilnius that will make all of you smile

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CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN VILNIUS IN 2017

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.

All Christmas Events in Vilnius

Official Christmas in Vilnius Programme

CHRISTMAS IN VILNIUS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

OPENING TIMES

  • On the eve of a national holiday, museums always close 1 hour earlier. On Christmas Eve and Christmas, they are closed. Only a few museums will be open on January 1 – information on their working hours will be published between November and December.
  • Restaurants often close early on Christmas Eve, Christmas and January 1. But you’ll have no trouble finding a place to eat on the main streets of town.

Tourist Information Centers’ working hours:

  • December 24, Christmas Eve – two centers will be open: Vilniaus Street 10:00-16:00, Vilnius airport 10:00-16:00
  • December 25, Christmas – closed
  • December 26, Christmas – two centers will be open: Vilniaus Street 10:00-16:00, Vilnius airport 10:00-16:00
  • January 1, New Year’s Day – closed

THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN

1 December 2017 – 7 January 2018. The train “station” is located at a special stop opposite Cathedral Square.

SHOPPING IN VILNIUS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

  • On Christmas Eve, most shops in Vilnius close early.
  • Big shopping centers are often open on Christmas, but they may have special working hours. All major Vilnius shopping centers – Akropolis, Ozas, Panorama, Europa – post their holiday season opening hours on their websites.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES IN VILNIUS OVER CHRISTMAS

  • On December 24, 25, 26 and January 1 public transport will run to Sunday / holiday timetables – a little less often than usual. You’ll find exact times of departure on www.stops.lt