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.
The biggest Christmas market in Vilnius will be centered around the Christmas tree at Cathedral Square. The tree will be lit on the evening of 1 December, which is also when the market will open its stalls. Vendors here typically sell seasonal staples like herbal teas, mulled wine and pastries, but you can also pick up gifts and Lithuanian souvenirs to take home with you. And since 2018 is the Year of the Dog, rumour has it that one of the vendors will be selling special treats for canines.
Traditionally, this market has been a welcome refuge from the crowds at Cathedral Square. Town Hall Square is lined with picturesque houses, making it great for photos. The market, which will open here on 4 December, will follow a similar concept as the one at Cathedral Square. It will be a little smaller and offer a more modest selection of goods focusing on holiday gifts and local foods.
As a little bonus, we’re also listing some of the hip markets that will be open in town:
A one-day event focused on handmade and vintage items – ceramics, jewellery, cozy sweaters, and more. The market will take place on the ground floor of the business centre on Lvovo Street 25.
One of the top charity events in town brings together representatives of more than 30 international communities selling specialty goods from their corners of the world. If you don’t feel like buying anything – drop by for the lottery, which offers fabulous prizes in exchange for a donation to the beneficiaries of the bazaar. The event traditionally takes place at Vilnius Town Hall.
The organisers of this market promise to help you experience stress-free Christmas shopping. Make your way to the corner of Arklių Street 6 and Etmonų Street 3, where you’ll find bars open on the ground floor and the market one floor above. The event will focus on local designers and creatives. .
The Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO will host a fair that aims to offer the widest variety of Christmas essentials under one roof. The vendors will be grouped in different areas, making it easy to find what you need – food, gifts or fresh ideas. Santa Claus will drop by too.
The number one destination for people who want to buy products made by Lithuanian designers. Open for six days at Vinco Kudirkos Square, this market is loved by both locals and visitors, offering excellent bargains on thoughtful Christmas gifts.
For two days, Vilnius’ old Palace of Trade Unions on V. Mykolaičio-Putino Street 5 will come alive with Christmas lights and a large crowd of visitors and vendors offering gifts from all corners of Lithuania. Drop by if you’re someone who loves knowing how the products you buy are made – the vendors will be happy to explain and may even invite you to one of their workshops.
For two days, Club Kablys, known among locals for its quality parties, will host a pop-up Christmas market. It’ll bring together over 70 well-known Lithuanian brands that sell fashion items, accessories, cosmetics and food. Drop by even if just out of curiosity – the address in Kauno Street 5.
The town’s favourite event space – Loftas, on Švitrigailos Street 29 – will host this last-minute Christmas market to lend a hand to everyone who’s a gift or two short. Alongside local designers and craftspeople, it will also offer street food and a good soundtrack that’s free of Christmas clichés.