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.
Aside from the traditional Christmas markets in the central town, Vilnius will host a few that offer more than just the staples. On 9 December, The Great Christmas Fair will take place at Litexpo, and promises to meet all of your Christmas shopping needs. Next, the Design Square will pop-up at Vinco Kudirkos Square on 12 December. For six days, this will be the number one place to shop for gifts made by Lithuanian designers.
After that, Kablys will host its Christmas Pop Up Market on 16 December with clothes and accessories, interior design items, artwork and food all under one roof. And finally, LOFTAS will present its Uptown Christmas – a last-minute market full of quality designs and unique gifts that will be open from 21-23 December.
To bring back something special from your stay in Vilnius, visit one of the many shops that stock products made by local designers. LOCALS.LT is a good place to start – you’ll find a number of Lithuanian designers and brands all in one place. Baltas Miškas follows a similar concept, but also offers items created in other Baltic states. BALTAI is a Lithuanian ethno-inspired fashion brand that creates clothes and accessories with a truly local feel. Seek out Smells Like Spells if handmade natural candles and home fragrances sound like a great gift idea. And finally, Aukso Avis will help you find eye-catching handmade jewellery or home decor elements.
For the convenience of having many shops under one roof, you can’t go wrong with choosing one of the town’s shopping centres. Europa and VCUP are positioned close to each other and stock a wide range of brands – from the affordable to the upscale.
If you’re looking to experience the town’s shopping streets, you won’t even have to leave the centre. Go to Gedimino Avenue to see its festive lights and step into the many shops that line it. Pilies Street is an excellent place to pick up souvenirs and handmade gifts like mittens and hats. For a different experience, wander through the narrow streets of Savičiaus and Stiklių – even if only for a little window shopping. The small stores you’ll find there sell everything from second-hand to upscale Lithuanian brands.