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A Christmas tree that's difficult to beat A Christmas tree that's difficult to beat

1.A Christmas tree that's difficult to beat

There are beautiful Christmas trees, and then there’s Vilnius’ Christmas tree. We can assure you: it’s just on another level. Considered for many years in a row one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in the world, Vilnius’ tree keeps locals and visitors waiting impatiently every single year for the 27th of November, which is the day it is revealed to the public. What will the theme be this year? A surrealist dream? An ode to time? A chess game? We’ll have to wait to know. So, if your dream is to spend the holiday season near one of the most beautiful trees imageable, coming to Vilnius would be a very safe bet.
Better ask Santa for a camera with lots of storage Better ask Santa for a camera with lots of storage

2.Better ask Santa for a camera with lots of storage

When the days get shorter and the night becomes the queen of the season, the Christmas lights and decorations come out to balance the situation and replace darkness with a mood of cosiness and delight. The main landmarks show off their spectacular seasonal lights, balconies seem to compete for the attention of passersby and on the streets, and shops open their warm and colourful arms to receive you. Vilnius at Christmas is definitely another side of the city just waiting for you to discover it, and snap a few pictures to help the memories last a lifetime.
There’s no such thing as too many Christmas fairs There’s no such thing as too many Christmas fairs

3.There’s no such thing as too many Christmas fairs

Vilnius’ Christmas spirit is particularly intense around the multiple seasonal fairs that bloom like beautiful winter flowers throughout the city. Beyond finding presents for your loved ones at these fairs, you’ll also be able to experience Christmas in Vilnius with all five senses. Roam under the city’s always impressive Christmas tree and shop surrounded by the aroma of hot wine and pancakes. Help the world while you shop at the Town Hall Square Charity Fair or just wander through the many other fairs that fill Vilnius with the blissful joy of Christmas.
Spend Christmas in prison Spend Christmas in prison

4.Spend Christmas in prison

Lukiskes Prison – a historical building dating back to the time of the Tzars. The former prison now accommodates many artists, who have found the perfect spot for their studios in this unconventional space. Visitors can attend a concert, wander through an art exhibition or even take a tour of the complex to get a glimpse into its former life as a prison. Plus, the building also served as the backdrop for season 4 of Stranger Things, so fans of the show are welcome to come look for a gateway into the Upside Down within its walls. So, if you’re looking for something really unusual to do this Christmas, take a peek behind the bars and take the season in from a different perspective.
Hot air balloons are still hot in winter Hot air balloons are still hot in winter

5.Hot air balloons are still hot in winter

Not many people know that hot air balloons also fly during winter. And not many people dare try because they think that it’s too cold to go up in this season. But what if we told you that it’s actually warmer up there than on the ground level? Apart from having the burner warming your face like a fireplace, you can go up right before sunset to see how the snow covering the city slowly turns gold, warming the landscape and your heart. You can be as light as a snowflake and float on the air while getting a perspective of Christmas you’ve never seen before.
Maps are good, but locals are better Maps are good, but locals are better

6.Maps are good, but locals are better

Want to know the real deal? Want to discover that little place around that hidden corner that happens to be amazing? Want to get inside knowledge directly from the source? Then, get a local to show you all their favourite places that no tourist guide will. Jump directly into the local culture and hang out with the real people of Vilnius.
Presents for your Christmas palate Presents for your Christmas palate

7.Presents for your Christmas palate

Vilnius’ vibrant food culture has every element to satisfy any palate, and winter is no exception. Of course, no visit is complete without trying our warm local food, which was originally created to satisfy winter appetites: cepelinai, kugelis, midus…you name it (if you can). You can also bring some edible souvenirs back home for your friends (or keep them for yourself), like honey, bread, cheese, mead, teas and many other local treats. And if you’re feeling a bit hipster, you should visit one of our markets, where you’ll find the most eclectic variety of small restaurants mixed with food stands selling high quality and fresh goodies. Every stomach deserves to be happy in Vilnius.

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