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Top 10 Instagrammable Spots in Vilnius this Christmas

Visiting Vilnius for the Christmas holidays is a great idea, but making sure your phone is fully charged before leaving your hotel once you’re here is just as clever. Because wow, are you ever in for some surprises! Photo ops are around every corner, but now we’re making it even easier to get the best shots of your trip. Check out this list of the coolest places to take your photos. Stay on top of your Instagram game this holiday season and don’t forget to use these hashtags: #govilnius #vilniuschristmas #visitvilnius

  1. Christmas Tree

Cathedral Square

30 November – 7 January

Best time for pictures: after dark

Get ready to see one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in the world! For the best view, stand next to Grand Hotel Kempinski or Amberton Hotel. You’ll tick all the boxes: the sparkling tree, the snowy white cathedral, and the iconic symbol of Vilnius – Gediminas Tower. Bingo!

  1. Cathedral Belfry

Cathedral Square

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Price: EUR 5

Best time for pictures: any time

Walk up the steps of the Belfry and voilà…you’re above Vilnius Old Town! This is the only chance you’ll get to see the magnificent Christmas tree from a completely different point of view while listening to the ringing bells. Absolutely. Unforgettable.

  1. Gediminas Tower

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Price: EUR 5

Best time for pictures: any time, but especially at sunset

Capture all of Vilnius Old Town at your feet! Historic buildings will serve as a stunning backdrop for the glistening Christmas tree at sunset. Even if you don’t climb the tower itself, you can still take an impressive #picoftheday with the iconic symbol of Vilnius up close.

Free with Vilnius Pass.

Vilnius in Winter

  1. The Hill of Three Crosses

Opening hours: 24/7

Best time for pictures: any time

Climb the hill at different times of the day and your pictures will be completely different. Get there in the morning and you’ll enjoy the quiet scenery of the snowy treetops; come during the day and you’re in for an out-of-the-box picture of Gediminas Tower on the nearest hill; and the sunset will give you a golden opportunity to take a photo of Vilnius Old Town. And once the night settles in, you can go on an adventure to take a photo of the Three Crosses illuminated by light.

  1. Hotel Pacai Courtyard

Didžioji St. 7

Opening hours: 24/7

Best time for pictures: any time

www.hotelpacai.com

You don’t have to be staying at one of the most beautiful hotels in Vilnius to enjoy some of the perks it has to offer. It’s a well-hidden gem away from the busy street; just go through the gate and you’ll enter another world – a quiet courtyard with modern art installations. Take you time and get into the festive mood with a coffee and snack in the hotel’s brasserie while you’re at it.

  1. Town Hall Square

Didžioji St. 31

Opening hours: 24/7

Best time for pictures: any time

Christmas means Christmas trees and Vilnius won’t let you down! Add to your Christmas tree photo collection at Town Hall Square. It’s one of the nicest trees in the city and is surrounded by beautiful geodes that serve as Christmas market stalls. Grab some hot chocolate and get into selfie mode.

  1. Sugamour Restaurant

Vokiečių St. 11

Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Best time for pictures: any time

www.sugamour.lt

Treat yourself! You simply cannot miss it. This cafe looks like is straight out of a book of Christmas illustrations. The golden clock inside the cafe counts your time till midnight. The Christmas decorations are perfectly matched with heavenly pastries and cakes on your plate. Bonus: you don’t need a private jet to take you to Paris for a couple of hours; visit Sugamour and you’ll feel like you’re there.

  1. Panama Food Garden

Vykinto St. 17A

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Best time for pictures: any time, especially after dark

FB: panamafoodgarden

Here’s something we bet you haven’t seen before! Dinner in a garden might not be that impressive, but dinner in a greenhouse…that’s some winter wonderland stuff. Enjoy fresh comfort food with a view of the snowy trees lit by soft fairy lights. If that photo doesn’t take your Instagram to the next level…no, that’s impossible.

  1. Grand Hotel Kempinski

Universiteto St. 14

Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Best time for pictures: any time

www.kempinski.com

A warm fireplace, a cosy armchair, and some mulled wine –timeless Christmas traditions await at this 5-star hotel. It looks amazing in pictures, but it feels even better in real life. Hint: this is probably the most impressive indoor Christmas tree you’ll see all season.

  1. Vilnius Train Station

Geležinkelio St. 22

6 December – 1 January

Best time for pictures: all the time

Looking for something unexpected? You have to see it to believe it. A train station might not be at the top of your list when it comes to Christmas festivities, but it should be in Vilnius. The train station area is the epitome of contemporary Christmas: hip markets, modern music, food served in train cars, and art exhibitions make for a unique festive atmosphere. You won’t find it anywhere else, we promise.

  1. Augustas ir Barbora. Love Story Cafe

Stikliai St. 7

Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Best time for pictures: any time

FB: augustasirbarbora

Snow outside, blooming trees inside! Step into summer and visit what is probably the most romantic corner of Vilnius. This striking cafe is filled with pink blossoms that will melt your heart. Celebrate the season with a glass of Champagne and some of the most unexpected Christmas photos.