Christmastime in Vilnius

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas town and christmas tree in Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania

Sorry for the two Christmas posts in a row. I'm just excited about the season and looking forward to seeing Vilnius this decked out again.

Other than the springtime, the Christmas season is the most beautiful time in Vilnius. Lights are strung across the main streets, Christmas trees are set up in the main squares, and the sweet smell of roasting nuts wafts from the Christmas village.

This year the Christmas trees will be set up this Friday (November 29) in both the Town Hall Square and the Cathedral Square. The Charity Bazaar will take place in the Town Hall from November 29 through January 11. The Christmas market (I'm hoping there will be more crafts this year!) will begin on December 5 and run until December 30. For kids, there is the Christmas Tram, which takes you from Town Hall Square to Cathedral Square from November 29 through January 11.

Christmas market in Vilnius, Lithuania

Christmas lights and snow in Vilnius on Vilniaus gatve



I've written about shopping in Vilnius before; however, I thought it was time for a refresher in case you happen to need to pick up last minute gifts in Vilnius.

shopping guide for Lithuania




Click here for more about the Vilnius Christmas Market. Visit this page for more about shopping in Vilnius.

What is special to where you live? Any local gifts that you love?

18 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful from your photos! x

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to everything being decked out this weekend.

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  2. Ah it looks absolutely lovely!!
    Whenever I go home for the holidays, I am always required to bring typical Dutch treats - stroopwafels, speculaas, Sinterklaas candy ... otherwise I would be shunned :P

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    1. Oh yum! I would love to try Dutch Christmas treats! In Lithuania the treats are usually little gingerbread cookies that are decorated and shaped. So delicious!

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  3. That coffee sounds amazing! And I love this time of year, all the walking areas in Moscow have those similar little booth full of outrageously expensive but awesome holiday goods.

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    1. The coffee is so good! I'd love to see photos of the Moscow Christmas markets and decorations :)

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  4. Oh my gosh -- I miss Christmas markets so much! They are just so magical! :) Vilnius looks enchanted! :)

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    1. They are really wonderful. Last year was my first experience with Christmas Markets. I'm really excited about seeing a few more of them this year!

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  5. What a beautiful collection of local artisans and christmas traditions. The centre looks so pretty, I LOVE Christmas lights in old historic towns, this post just made me long for a trip there!

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    1. It is beautiful here during the holidays. I can't wait for the lights to get turned on. I'm hoping that there are more local artisans in the Christmas Market this year. There are so many great artisans during the summer festivals and Easter Market, but last year the Christmas Market was mostly food.

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  6. So beautiful! I wish they had more christmas markets like that here in the US. Or maybe they do and I've never looked into it.. :)

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    1. I've not found many in the US either. I just know of the one in Bryant Park, NYC. I wish there were more in the US too!

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  7. oh man. I SO miss a good European Christmas market! you can post allllll the Christmas posts you want..I don't mind one bit ;)

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    1. Last year was my first experience with Christmas markets and I love them too! I'll be posting some from the Budapest Christmas market as well :)

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  8. ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!
    This reminds me of a Christmas village we visited somewhere in Europe when I was a child :)

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    1. Vilnius is really beautiful at Christmastime! I'm so looking forward to the Christmas Market coming up this weekend.

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  9. I'll be in Vilnius at Christmas..Thanks for the Christmas market tips.

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    1. Great! The Christmas Market opens this weekend. If you have any questions when your in Vilnius don't hesitate to contact me!

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