Chess Queen-like Christmas Tree Lit Up in Vilnius


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The Lithuanian capital has officially started the holiday season by lighting up the Christmas tree, which international travelers expect to be the most beautiful in Europe.

November 30, 2019: The traditional lighting of the Christmas tree in Vilnius attracted citizens and guests alike. The capital of Lithuania has received a lot of global attention over the years for its unique and stunning Christmas trees, and this year is no exception. This year, the decorated Christmas tree resembles the 14–15th century Queen figure from the game of chess, which was found by archaeologists in 2007.

Decorations adorn the already traditional 27-meter tall metal construction, which bears some 6,000 branches. The construction is specially designed to create a completely sustainable Christmas tree. All the actual tree branches used in the construction are defiled from the trees by foresters while carrying out the general maintenance of the forest. Therefore not only trees but even branches are not cut just for the spectacle.

The particular figure which served as a model for decorations was found during the archeological excavations around the Ducal Palace in Vilnius. Dating back to the 14th–15th century, the beautifully ornamented figure was made of spindle tree. Its middle part is carved with geometrical patterns and topped with floral ornaments. According to historians, the game of chess was played by the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the end of the 14th century.

The remarkable Christmas trees of Vilnius are a sight that the city guests appreciate more each year. Brussels-based travel organization European Best Destinations recently named Vilnius Christmas tree the most beautiful in Europe based on the expectations of more than 14 000 travelers from 82 countries.

No less attractive is the traditional Christmas market set up around the Christmas tree, along with another one located at the Town Hall Square. The markets will stay open from the 30th of November to the 7th of January. In these Christmas markets, one will be able to buy various hand-made gifts while staying warm and happy by drinking hot chocolate or hot wine and enjoying a variety of sweets such as waffles and traditional honey cakes.

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The organizers of “Christmas in Vilnius 2019“ invite businessmen to apply for trade in “Christmas Town”



Christmas Town’ 2018 / Saulius Žiūra photo

“Christmas Town“ in Vilnius is an exclusive space granting the Christmas mood which became a beautiful city tradition in the heart of the capital – the Cathedral Square, where over half a million Vilnius residents and city guests visit each year during the winter holidays. This year, the “Christmas Town” will delight its visitors for the seventh time and invite you to a festive bustle from 30 November 2019 to 7 January 2020.

The organizers of the Christmas Fair, in order to ensure the diversity, originality, compliance with the festive period style and visitor expectations in the “Christmas Town“, are inviting everyone who wants to offer original, exclusive, quality products and/or goods for this year’s “Christmas Town“ visitors to submit applications until 30 August 2019.

To fill in the application form of the participant, the organizers invite in the section APPLICATION of the website  until 30 August 2019.


Magic Christmas attracted more than 500 thousand guests to Vilnius


The organisers of the greatest winter festival “Christmas in Vilnius 2018“ are glad about the success: during the five weeks, more than 500 thousand guests visited Vilnius, over 200 thousand spectators saw the 3D Christmas tale, Christmas train made almost 10 thousand passengers happy, the pleasures of Christmas skating-rink were enjoyed by over 8 thousand skaters, thousands of people came to admire the fountain in Lukiškės square which turned into the wintry installation, and the New Year near the cathedral’s bell tower of Vilnius, decorated with a unique 3D view installation, was joyfully met by about 35 thousand of the citizens of Vilnius and the guests of the city. Stunning this year’s Christmas tree “Time“ of the capital was again appraised as one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in the world, and Vilnius was mentioned among 25 most beautiful Christmas cities.

“This year, we managed to realize brave and creative ideas, to create new involving traditions which cheered and surprised during the holiday period, and were positively appreciated by the citizens of Vilnius and the guests of the capital. We are grateful to the partners and sponsors of “Christmas in Vilnius 2018“ for collaboration, newly implicated initiatives, jointly created special moments and enchanting Christmas miracles. It is pleasant that every year, more and more citizens of Vilnius and business representatives get involved in the decoration of the city, create a cosy and joyful mood in the city. Therefore Christmas atmosphere of Vilnius and festive events of “Christmas in the capital“ in recent years attract and fascinated the guests arriving here and make it more visible in the world. We shall continue this tradition next year as well“ – says the project manager of “Christmas in Vilnius“, the director of Vilnius Culture Centre, Paulius Jurgutis.

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An impressive Christmas tree, surprising with its daring and original images in the Cathedral square anew every year, became the main symbol of Christmas in the capital. Unique artistic composition “Time“, being 27 metres high, 50 metres wide and covering the whole Christmas town, was widely praised by the mass media of the world and reigned in the tops of the prettiest Christmas decorations.  

One of the most popular travel portals of the USA “New York Post“, which is read by almost 80 million of people, declared Vilnius as one of 9 most magical Christmas cities in Europe. Christmas tree “Time“ was praised by the American news portal “USA Today“ with the reader audience of 135 million a month, travel portals “Matador Network“ and “Fodor‘s Travel“, Belgian news portal “Brussels Express“, one of the greatest Italian news portal “Corriere della Serra“, having a monthly audience of 78 million, and the Polish news portal “Wirtualna Polska“.

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Christmas towns in Cathedral and Town hall squares attracted with their festive mood and offered many selected goods, and this year, attained exceptional attention of the visitors from abroad and the whole Lithuania.

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During the Christmas holiday of this year, in the heart of Vilnius, the cheerful Christmas train covered over 1900 happy kilometres, performed 380 festive trips and made almost 10 thousand passengers, with 1400 children from socially supported families among them, happy.

“Eurovaistinė Christmas Run“, having one of the longest traditions in Lithuania, this year, attained a record number – more than 3500 Santa Clauses, Snow Whites, dwarfs and other participants.

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Festival “Hello, dear Father Christmas!“, intended for the whole family, gathered the red-cheeked Father Christmases with their retinue from all five districts of Lithuania in the Cathedral square in Vilnius. About 2 thousand children and their parents enjoyed themselves in a cheerful festival and used the services of Father Christmas’s post.

Three years in a row, more than 100 most perspective designers from Lithuania and invited authors from neighbour countries presented the newest trends of fashion and style in a stylish festive fair clamouring in Vincas Kudirka square – public garden of Christmas design. Their exceptional works were looked around by about 15 thousand guests of the fair.

Colourful Christmas 3D tale, without which Christmas cannot be imagined in the capital, this year, was viewed by more than 200 thousand citizens of Vilnius and guests of the city. Originally told “Story of the birth of Jesus“ was shown 20 times. A unique spectacle, which lasted 15 min., enchanted the big and the small ones.

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One of the symbols of Vilnius – the bell tower – became a new tradition and an especial place of the New Year meeting which in the Year’s Eve, greeted the citizens of Vilnius and the guests of the capital, who gathered in the Cathedral square and its approaches, with a new spectacle – a unique 3D view projection installation. About 35 thousand people admired the colourful transformations of as if reviving, enlightened building of the bell tower, and danced and cheerfully met the New Year of 2019. Both impressive Christmas tree “Time“ of Vilnius and a unique new year’s 3D view installation on the cathedral’s bell tower of Vilnius received especially great interest of the users of social networks: the users from the United Kingdom, Poland, Italy and other countries shared the photos and praised the beauty of these original and artistic spectacles.

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During the theatrical procession in the streets of the Old town of Vilnius on the 6th of January, the end of the events of “Christmas in Vilnius 2018“ and winter holidays was declared by Three Kings. And during the last day of the events of “Christmas in the capital city“ on the 7th of January, multinational Vilnius once again celebrated the miracle of Christmas – plentiful community of orthodox believers of Vilnius cheerfully celebrated their Christmas near the Christmas tree in Cathedral square.

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The fountain of Lukiškės square, which turned into Christmas skating-rink and impressive installation of water, light and glass, has not yet bid farewell till other Christmas. Such entertainment shall cheer the citizens of Vilnius and the guests of the city till spring.





Vilnius is creating a New Year’s tradition – an impressive 3D video installation on the Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral



A crowd fascinated by 3D sight is counting moments up to the New Year, twelve beats, the kissing couples, the fireworks of the year – and that’s not all that Vilnius has prepared for the 2019 party.

In Vilnius, as well as in other major capitals of the world, where people will traditionally gather at the buildings that have become the symbols of the countries, such as the Westminster Clock Tower in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Times Square in New York, or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, thousands of people will meet New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral. This year the crowd will enjoy exclusive spectacle – a unique 3D video projection installation on the Bell Tower, which will help restore and transform the entire architectural structure of the building. Spectators will be amazed by the lighting of the Bell Tower building, surround sound and exceptional animation with a short storyline.

The Bell Tower will revive from 22.00 o‘clock and will be “alive“ until 01:00 o‘clock. It will shine in a wide range of colors, have different shapes and impressive textures – it will become a large wooden and later stone tower. The stunning transformations of the Bell Tower building will change every 5 minutes. The video installation will be accompanied by a mysterious music track with various sound effects.

From 23.50 o‘clock, the animated character will appear – a watchmaker who will turn on the counting of the time remaining until the new year of 2019. At midnight, counting will become the clock beats of the Bell Tower announcing the New Year, and this will be crowned with multicolored New Year’s fireworks.

On the eve of the New Year and up to 24 o‘clock, the Christmas Town on the Cathedral Square will be open, which will offer festive delicacies and hot wine.

Entertainment will last until 01:00 o‘clock. Later the Bell Tower will light up in the colors of a tricolor flag and will light up until January 2, symbolically commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Lithuanian tricolor lift on the Gediminas Castle Tower.


Vilnius invites you to meet the year 2019 at the Cathedral Square and not miss an exclusive sight!




A unique event in the capital during Christmas – 3D “The Story of the Birth of Jesus Christ“!



From December 25, on the facade of the Vilnius Cathedral, we will once again see the Christmas fairy tale which Vilnius residents and city guests like so much. The Christmas 3D fairy tale, without which Christmas s unimaginable in the capital, this year will distinctively tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. As in previous years, Vilnius residents themselves have chosen the fairy tale in the social network by voting. Until December 29th, the fairy tale “The Story of the Birth of Jesus Christ“ will be shown even four times every evening – at 17.05, 18.15, 20.05 and 20.45 o‘clock (duration – 15 minutes).

The team of 10 people who created the project paid much attention to the various details of the Vilnius Cathedral, which reveal its architectural uniqueness. The number of biblical characters is also very significant – there will be some massive scenes in the 3D fairy tale. These scenes tried to realistically reflect gestures of characters, elements of clothing, and attributes of that time. The creative and production process took about 3 months. The big and rather witty challenge is to sound various animals. The thrilling and dramatic musical track for the fairy tale was created by composer Vygintas Kisevičius with the team.

The event will fascinate both adults and children – powerful video projectors and lights will create a unique atmosphere with impressive color and sound effects. The special and unique event attracts over 120,000 spectators to the Cathedral Square annually.




Vilnius’ Christmas Tree Starts the Countdown to Christmas – the Lighting of the Christmas Tree Marks the Beginning of the Holiday Season in Lithuania’s Capital



Anticipation was high leading up to the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Vilnius’ Cathedral Square this evening. Lithuania’s capital has received a lot of global attention over the years for its unique and stunning Christmas Trees, and this year’s creation, which looks like a giant clock from above, certainly did not disappoint.

Not a single tree was cut down to build Lithuania’s most beautiful Christmas tree yet. The 27-metre tall metal construction, which is made up of some 6,000 branches and over five kilometres of lighting, is definitely a sight to behold.

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Looking from above, the 50-metre wide composition resembles an impressive clock with four snowflake cogwheels and 12 glowing tables that serve as clock numerals. The lighting of the giant Christmas tree clock means that the holiday season has officially begun and the countdown to Christmas is on. One doesn’t have to look too far to find the inspiration for the tree’s design; the clock hanging on one of Vilnius’ most iconic structures – the Cathedral Square Bell Tower standing right next to the Christmas tree – is said to be over 345 years old – older than Big Ben!

Vilnius transforms into a veritable Christmas wonderland during this festive month, and can be explored by taking a ride on the Christmas train, which makes its way through the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. Visiting the Christmas villages filled with souvenirs and festive food at the Cathedral and Town Hall Squares is an absolute must – both are open until 7 January. Moreover, a 3D tale of the birth of Jesus projected onto the walls of the Cathedral will make for an unforgettable experience for the whole family – the 15-minute story will be told four times a day starting at 5 p. m. from 25 to 29 December.

For all the romantics in the city over the holidays, the ice skating rink will awaken childhood memories of magical winters. And to top it all off, New Year’s Eve will be marked with a special interactive light installation on the Cathedral Bell Tower, reminding everybody about the power of time and the importance of history. For the most spectacular fireworks, staying at Cathedral Square as the clock strikes midnight is another must.

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The largest festival of Vilnius „The Christmas in Vilnius’ 2017“ has received a record number of visitors  


Five unforgettable weeks of winter holidays in the capital have passed – Vilnius is counting the record results: more than a million visitors visited the Christmas tree which was announced the most beautiful in Europe and the Christmas towns in the Cathedral and Town Hall squares, more than 25 thousands of spectators attended the festivals of two Christmas tree lightening in Vilnius, more than 10 thousand were riding on a Christmas train, more than 150 thousand watched the colorful Christmas 3D fairy tale, over 30 thousands of visitors visited the Christmas design square, almost 24 thousands listened to the reader’s “Family Tale”, and even several tens of thousands views on Facebook each evening. This year’s variety of festivities and pleasant Christmas surprises in the capital have made Vilnius the true Christmas capital.

The Christmas tree on the Cathedral Square, which was lit by new unexpected colors, became the pride of Lithuania and the celebrity of the whole Europe. It received a lot of compliments from the popular British daily newspaper “Guardian“ and “Daily Miror“, the media of the US, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Ukraine and other countries. European travel portal “Europe Best Destinations“ elected the Christmas tree of Vilnius the most beautiful in Europe, and one of the world’s leading travel portals from the US “Conde Nast Travaller“ included the Christmas tree of Vilnius in the list of the 15 most beautiful Christmas trees in the world.

Stylish Christmas tree in Vilnius Town Hall Square, together with the unique Christmas town, created an exclusive festive atmosphere in the main square of the Old Town and became a new place to enjoy while waiting for Christmas.

The towns in the Cathedral and Town Hall squares which create a speacial festive mood and offer a lot of great goodies were attended by more than a million visitors from abroad and the whole of Lithuania this year.

The Christmas train beloved by children turned around in the center of Vilnius more than 400 festive circles in the center of Vilnius from 1 December to 7 January, carrying more than 10 thousand passengers.

Over 30 thousand visitors visited the Christmas design square “Design Christmas”, where nearly 100 Lithuanian designers demonstrated themselves, and whose unique, original collections made an impression on everyone.

This year’s exciting Christmas 3D tale “The Nutcracker“ was watched by more than 150 thousand during the seventeen sessions – by both who came for this purpose to the Cathedral Square and the viewers online.

New Year’s Eve, the Cathedral Square full of the residents of Vilnius and guests of the city welcomed the new 2018 year and watched colorful festive fireworks.

On 6 January, the end of the “Christmas in the Capital“ was announced by the traditional playful procession “Three Kings” and a feast for the whole family “Goodbye, Christmas tree” in the courtyard of the Vilnius Teachers’ House, during which visitors farewell to the Christmas tree until the next year.

Today, when the Christmas tree in Vilnius which received special attention in the world is still being dismantled, Vilnius is already preparing for the coming winter holidays, and promises to pleasantly surprise the residents of Vilnius and the guests of the city with new ideas and special celebrations next year.


Wishing You warm Christmas