Vilnius Christmas events calendar 2015

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November 27 – January 6

Over the Christmas season, the City of Vilnius is inviting you to get into the Christmas spirit by decorating your home, community or office. The most original ideas will receive a prize!

Christmas Tree Lighting Up Ceremony
Vilniaus Katedros aikštė / Vilnius Cathedral square
November 27
8.30 pm – 10.30 pm

Come along to our spectacular opening of the Christmas season. Here you’ll find festive fun for all the family! Top Lithuanian pop stars will be performing their hits and there’ll also be Christmas tales for children read by some of our most famous faces.

Christmas Village
Vilniaus Katedros aikštė / Vilnius Cathedral square
November 27– December 27

Open:
Mon – Tue : 11 am – 9 pm
Fri: 12 pm – 10 pm
Sat 11 am – 10 pm
Sun 11 pm – 9 pm

December 24, 12 pm – 5 pm
December 25- 26, 12 pm – 10 pm

Throughout the festive season, Vilnius Cathedral Square will play host to a truly magical Christmas village – buy a unique gift, treat yourself to a delicious festive treat or warming drink, or even meet a character from your favourite fairy tale. Come and experience the real joy of Christmas!

Christmas Fairy Tale Cottage
Vilniaus Katedros aikštė / Vilnius Cathedral square
November 28 – December 27
11.30 am – 8.30 pm (every 30 min)

This year the inside of the Christmas tree will be transformed into a fairy tale cottage! Children will be able to venture inside and listen to magical fairy tales being read. Each story session is limited to 25 listeners, so reservations are necessary. Please contact: [email protected]; phone 261 9557 / mobile 8 657 51984.

Open (Monday – Friday):
11.30 am – 5 pm (fairy tales for pre-school children and high school students)
5 pm – 7 pm (free admission)
7 pm – 8.30 pm (literature for young people and adults)

Open (Saturday – Sunday and holidays):
11.30 am –7 pm (free admission)
7 pm – 8.30 pm (literature for young people and adults)

International Christmas Charity Bazaar
Vilniaus Rotušė / Vilnius Town Hall
Dec 5
12 – 6 pm
Admission – donation from € 1

Alma Adamkienė will open the 14th International Christmas Charity Bazaar. The wives of Ambassadors, members of embassy staff and other public figures will have their hand made goods on display and for sale. Additionally, there will be around 50 stands selling an exciting variety of decorations, cakes and souvenirs. Also, to keep the children occupied, there will be a kid’s corner.

The Best Christmas Gifts for the Baltics Funs

Janina Butkevičienė is the patron of this year’s bazaar.

Donations will go to the following organisations: Čiauškutis kindergarten for children with special needs, Antakalnis care home for children, Kapčiamiestis care home for seniors, Mūsų nameliai day centre for children and teenagers, Nendrė kindergarten, Alizava high school, Vilnius children hospitals and Visaginas children support centre.

Christmas Tree-Labyrinth
Vilniaus Rotušės aikštė / Vilnius Town Hall square
December 10-31
4 pm – 10 pm

Come and explore Christmas in our special Christmas Tree labyrinth! This year the Vilnius Town Centre square will be the location of a fantastic new Christmas attraction- a kilometre long labyrinth of lights and decoration, in which children and their parents will be able to play interactive 3D / animation / computer / music games, play the Christmas piano, witness the Magic Mirror, and wander through the Christmas Forest.
“Silent night, holy night…”
Vilniaus Katedros aikštė / Vilnius Cathedral and the square
December 24
9 pm

Nativity scene and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

40th Christmas Marathon
Vinco Kudirkos square
December 27

9.30 am – pick-up of startnumbers and registration of new participants
10.30 am – 12 km start
11.20 am – 12 km awards
12.00 am – 6 km start
12.40 pm – 6 km awards
13.15 pm – 200 m (children)
13.30 pm – 3 km start
13.50 pm – 3 km awards

Put on a Christmas costume – Santa Claus, Snow White or Dwarf – and beat that cold with our international marathon!

New Year Fireworks
Vilnius Cathedral square
December 31
23.30 pm

The City’s present to Vilnius.

Happy New Year!

Three Kings Parade
Gates of Dawn to Vilnius Cathedral square
January 6
16:30 pm

The culmination of the season – the day of the three magi: Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. Watch these three-meter high kings parading through the streets to wish you a happy, fruitful, and successful New Year.

Bye-bye, Christmas tree!
The Courtyard of Vilnius teachers’ house
January 6
17:30 pm

Don’t throw out your Christmas tree; bring it to the Teachers’ House courtyard on this special day. We will wish all our trees a fond farewell before they are returned to the forest. The Three Kings will visit the children, and thank-you letters will be written to Santa Claus. Let’s play games and have fun!

CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN THE VILNIUS CITY COMMUNITIES

December 27 – January 6

Students of the arts, design, technologies and creative industries will this year be sprucing up the suburbs of the city with a real taste of Christmas with specially organised light shows, music events and displays of handiwork.
KIRTIMAI

Christmas Flea Market
Kirtimų kultūros centras (cultural centre), Dariaus ir Girėno g. 69
November 28
11 am – 18 pm

A festive flea market and workshop where you will have the chance to make your own Christmas treat: a Christmas gift, a decoration or a toy. There will also be music, a fashion and hairstyle show, and a light installation. Every guest who wears glow-in-the-dark colours will be able join in in the creation of a specially designed artwork.
LAZDYNAI
Light installation Lazdynai Ship
Lazdynų fontanas (Lazdynai fountain), Erfurto g. 29
December 4 – January 6
7 pm
Lazdynai is not only grey, white and black – come and see for yourselves!

BALSIAI
Christmas Tree Lighting Up Ceremony
Balsių progimnazija (high school), Bubilo g. 8
December 4
5.30 pm

Christmas tree, music concerts, theatrical and dance performances, gifts and surprises for the kids.

Let’s ride a bike to Christmas!
Bubilo g. 8
December 4 – January 4
An Installation that lights up when you put your feet to the pedal – everyone is welcome to try!

 

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