If you’re after a classic Christmas experience, follow the locals to some traditional holiday season events. Taste the treats at the town’s Christmas markets, get some last minute gifts and let the concerts in town lift your spirits.
Visit the Vilnius Cathedral at 9pm on December 24 to experience the start of winter’s biggest holiday. The mass is held in Lithuanian, but it’s a great experience for all – the serenity of the evening will warm you heart.
Running from early December up until January 7 on Cathedral Square and Town Hall Square, these markets are a great place to shop for gifts and snap a photo with Santa. Drop by for Christmas staples like warm drinks and sugary snacks, and enjoy the colors of the Vilnius’ two main Christmas trees.
On December 2, this traditional bazaar will take place in Vilnius Town Hall. This is where you’ll be able to buy Christmas treats and decorations made by the wives of other countries’ ambassadors to Lithuania, staff of the embassies in Vilnius and representatives of public organizations.
Where do the locals gather in Vilnius when the clock strikes midnight? Cathedral Square. With sparklers in hand, everyone exchanges wishes and looks up at the town’s main firework display. Get here a little earlier to secure a good spot – you want to be looking in the direction of Gediminas’ Hill.
Every year on January 6, three metre tall figures of the Three Kings are carried through town in a festive procession. The Kings march from Gates of Dawn to Cathedral Square, where they leave gifts at the nativity scene and the whole event marks the end of the holiday season.
Vilnius’ Christopher Festival holds special concerts during the holiday season. You can get a chance to hear music from iconic films, captivating pieces for various instruments and great musicals, all carefully selected to put you in a festive mood.
To escape the cold and enjoy some music, peek into Vilnius churches or check the event calendar at the Vilnius Philharmonic. Christmas is when attendance is high and concerts are a popular way to spend an evening, so make sure to buy your tickets in advance (check bilietai.lt and tiketa.lt).
Plan your Christmas season in Vilnius – find more about the Christmas markets, Christmas events and other things not to miss here.