“Lithuania’s capital city twinkles during Christmastime with delicate white and gold fairy lights strung across streets and cascading down building fronts in the Town Hall Square. Cathedral Square hosts the Vilnius Christmas tree, voted both the most beautiful and biggest of its kind in all the Baltic states”, UK’s online travel magazine Essential Travel writes.
Lithuania is mentioned among such countries as Brazil, Malta, United States of America, Japan, Australia (New South Wales), Colombia, Philippines, United Kingdom.
The article also mentions the elves-driven Christmas Train which transports locals and visitors to every charming corner of the city, and a magic 3D fairy tale animation on the wall of Vilnius’ Cathedral.
Without further ado, here’s your guide to Christmas in Vilnius 2013.
1. “Christmas Miracle” at Cathedral Square
During the Holiday Season, the wall of the side facade of the Cathedral is to become a screen for a wonderful Christmas Tale. In the 3D Christmas fairytale animation the fragments of Vilnius history are to intertwine with folklore, Christmas theme and modern motives. (When: 25 – 30 December)
2. TV Tower Lighting
It is a tradition to light a 6 km-long garland on Vilnius TV Tower – the tallest Christmas Tree in Lithuania – on Christmas Day. The start of the lighting is going to be marked by festive fireworks. (When: 25 December, 18:00)
3. Festive Walking Tours
Wonderful city of Vilnius invites you to the New Year celebration, which will flood the streets of the Old Town. Take part in walking tours and feel the festive mood! During the two-hour guided tour you will see the best that Vilnius has to offer. Languages: English and Russian. Price – 35 Lt. With Vilnius City Card – free-of-charge! Meeting point: near the Cathedral Belfry. Tickets are available at Vilnius Tourist Information Centres or at the Cathedral Belfry before the tour. (When: 28 December – 5 January 12:00)
4. New Year Celebration at Cathedral Square
Impressive festive fireworks will cheer up local people and city guests who will traditionally gather at the Christmas Tree in Cathedral Square to ring in the New Year. (When: 31 December, midnight)
5. Procession of the Three Kings
Traditional parade of the Three Wise Men – Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar – as well as other Biblical figures from the Gates of Dawn to culminate at Cathedral Square with traditional performance. The participants of the royal procession will wish to the city fertile and successful year and place their gifts in the Crib installed in Cathedral Square. (When: 6 January, 16:30)
6. “Farewell, Christmas Tree”
Merry holiday event for the whole family – various games, performances, blessing by the Three Wise Men and farewell to Christmas Trees and holiday season. (When: 6 January, 18:00)
Download the full program here.