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2018-01-09
The largest festival of Vilnius „The Christmas in Vilnius’ 2017“ has received a record number of visitors  

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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.

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Wishing You warm Christmas