Discover Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, on a Christmas tour of this beautiful Baltic city.

Pictured is Vilnius Cathedral Square with its magnificent Christmas tree, Photo: Saulius Zaura/GoVilnius.

The City of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, has invited US tourists to visit this European city for Christmas. Discover Vilnius on an unforgettable Christmas tour of the Lithuanian capital. For more tourism information, check out the websites: and

This year, Vilnius, known for its magnificent Christmas trees, marked the start of the holiday season, by lighting a 27-metre tall tree at Cathedral Square. Covered with 70,000 light bulbs and 900 Christmas toys, the awe-inspiring construction is so bright it can easily be seen from an airplane on its descent to Vilnius Airport.

Traditionally, the Christmas tree in Vilnius is made up of a metal frame covered in decorations and spruce branches – leftovers from forestry work. With a total surface area of 2,500 square metres, it’s sure to provide multiple backdrops for that perfect holiday photo.

“The Christmas tree is just one of many holiday attractions being highlighted in Vilnius this season. Surrounding it is a traditional Christmas Market, where, alongside the typical holiday staples and handmade gifts, visitors can even find a vendor selling doggie treats. After all, 2018 is the “ Year of the Dog.”

What makes Christmas in Vilnius so special is that city lights surrounding the tree at Cathedral Square will occasionally dim for the Christmas Fairy Tale in 3D, a special animated 3D; a special animated story that will be projected onto the wall of Vilnius Cathedral. Each year, the event proves especially popular with children.

“And if you are visiting with kids, you simply can’t miss the Christmas train operated by elves, the train tours the central town and Vilnius takes it very seriously – the schedule is even posted on the city’s public transport boards”, says GoVilnius. Go Vilnius, the official development agency of the City of Vilnius helps visitors discover the capital of Lithuania.

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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