Visit Vilnius and see one of the prettiest Christmas trees in EuropeNalynn Dolan Caine ▼ | December 4, 2019
The Lithuanian capital has officially started the holiday season by lighting up the Christmas tree, which international travellers expect to be the most beautiful in Europe.
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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.
The festival will include Christmas markets, a Christmas train and a skating ring in Lukiškės Square.
The centrepiece of the programme will be an animated Christmas Fairy Tale displayed in all its vivid colours on the main outer wall of Vilnius Cathedral every evening from 25 to 29 December.
The traditional Christmas market is set up around the Christmas tree, along with another one located at the Town Hall Square.
The markets will stay open until 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.
On 6 January, the end of Christmas in Vilnius is announced with the traditional playful Three Kings Procession. ■