THE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

On Cathedral Square (Šventaragio Street)
26 November 2016

Lighting the Vilnius Christmas Tree is an annual tradition for us in Lithuanian capital, and a sign that the festive season has truly arrived in our city!

The 2016 Vilnius Christmas Tree will be lit on Saturday, November 26, at 19:00, on Cathedral Square in the heart of the city’s UNESCO award winning Old Town, and will be followed by a live warming Christmas concert.

The tree will be in place untill January 6, meaning there is plenty of opportunity for you and your loved ones to enjoy the Christmas spirit here with us in Vilnius!

THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN

Tours around festive Vilnius Downtown
26 November 2016 – 8 January 2017

The Vilnius Christmas Train has become somewhat of a Christmas tradition in the Lithuanian capital, and we would love it you were to join us for a ride around festive Vilnius! The train “station” is located next Cathedral Square, and will take you along the following route.

Monday – Friday:

Odminių Square – Rotušės Square –
V. Kudirkos Square – Odminių Square.

12.00 – 21:00

Weekends and Holidays:

Odminių Square – Bernardinų Gardens –
V. Kudirkos Square – Odiminių Square.

11:00 – 21:00

There is 34 seats in the heated
Christmas train.
The cost of travel – 2 EUR. Children under 7 years – free of charge.

More info:
www.delfi.lt/projektai/kaledu-traukinukas

THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

On the Cathedral Square
(Šventaragio Street)
26 November 2016 – 29 December 2016

Christmas Town is the bustling Christmas Market on Cathedral Square, and is sure to get you into the festive spirit! With over 50 market stalls decorated as cozy wooden houses, we are certain that you will be able to find a special Christmas gift here for your loved ones. While you’re here, we’d be happy if you tried our local apple chees or if you do not have a spice laboratory in your kitchen, go on and take a little piece of Christmas with you!

Working hours:

I        12.00 – 21.00
II-IV   11.00 – 21.00
V–VI  11.00 – 22.00
VII     11.00 – 21.00

24 December   12.00 – 17.00
25 December   12.00 – 22.00
26 December   12.00 – 22.00

THE BERNARDINE GARDEN

3 December 2016 – 8 January 2017

The Bernadine Garden is one of the prettiest green spaces in Vilnius, and it’s made even more wonderful when Christmas comes to town! The entire park will be lit up in Christmas lights, and the carousel is brought back to life for children and big kids alike! Christmas officially starts in this park on December 3, and will end on January 8.

Working hours:

I-VII    7.00 – 23.00

THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS CHARITY BAZAAR

Vilnius Town Hall (Didžioji Street 31)
3 December 2016

The 14th International Christmas Charity Bazaar, which has become a tradition, will be held in Vilnius City Hall. In this bazaar you will be able to buy handicrafts, Christmas decorations, sweets and various souvenirs made by wives of foreign ambassadors residing in Lithuania, embassy staff and representatives of public organizations. At the same time, the Christmas Tree will light up and a cozy town of embassies inviting to take an interest in national Christmas recipes and meals of residing countries, will be located in Rotušės Square.

Entrance – donations starting from € 1.

We invite you to share a festive mood and kindness!

Working hours:

12.00 – 18.00

More information: www.iccb.lt

THE CHRISTMAS CHARITY FAIR
“For a Safe Lithuania”

On Simonas Daukantas Square
4 December  2016

Non-governmental organizations from across Lithuania will present their projects at the now traditional fair to help and support the needy, the handicapped and the disadvantaged. Hand-made Christmas gifts and crafts will be sold for charity, useful information about volunteering and joining assistance programs will be available at stands. The money raised will be used to create a brighter Christmas for those who need it the most.

Working hours:

 13.00 – 16.00

THE CHRISTMAS DESIGN SQUARE

On V. Kudirkos Square
15-23 December 2016

The Christmas Design Square is one of the trendiest occasions of Christmas in Vilnius! Already a firm favourite with local designers, locals and guests alike can purchase Vilnius-made gifts for their loved ones, plus meet the brains behind these creations that are unique to our city!

Working hours:

I-V, VII    11.00 – 20.00
VI            11.00 – 22.00

More information:
www.facebook.com/dizainoskveras/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

THE VILNIUS CHRISTMAS RUN

18 December 2016

The Vilnius Christmas Run has been part of our festive season traditions since 1975! An event for all the family, you can choose between 3 kilometres, 6 kilometres, or if you’re feeling really brave, you can opt in for the 12 kilometres. For our little runners (or the chronically unfit), we also have a 200 metre run. 

The Starts:  from 9.30

More information: www.kaledinisbegimas.lt

THE CHRISTMAS EVE MASS

In Vilnius Cathedral (Šventaragio Street)
24  December  2016

The Christmas Eve Mass will take place inside the Basilica of Vilnius Cathedral, and we invite you to come and experience one of the most important religious events on the Lithuanian calendar!

Beginning:  21.00

THE 3D FAIRY TALE

On the Big Wall of Vilnius Cathedral (Šventaragio Street)
25-29 December 2016

17.00 – 17.15
18.10 – 18.25
20.00 – 20.15

The 3D Fairy Tale is the biggest Christmas attraction in Vilnius, and attracts over 120,000 visitors each year. A unique 3D projection of a Christmas Fairy Tale called “Sophia’s Star Map” is projected in all its vivid colours on the main outside wall of Vilnius Cathedral, and Sophia  invites the all of you to come and join her for a magical journey on Christmas Eve.

Come and become a part of the Christmas fairy tale in the Capital city!

THE FAREWELL TO HOLIDAYS

PROCESSION OF THREE WISE MEN
The Gates of Dawn (Aušros vartai)
6 January 2017

The end festive season in Vilnius will start at 16.30, with a Day Of The Kings – Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar – parade from the Gates of Dawn, and will end with traditional performance by placing a Crib on Cathedral Square.

The final event of Christmas period will be marked by saying goodbye to the Christmas Tree in the courtyard of the Teachers’ House (Mokytojų namai, on Vilnius Street) at 18.00.

The occasion is not just a way of bidding farewell to one of our city’s best loved Christmas icons, it’s a way to celebrate the end of the festive season, and a sign for all of us to get on with the new year.

We’d love it if you would be able to join us!