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BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the weekfrom December 15 to December 21.

December 15-21

Christmas in the Capital, Vilnius Old Town;

Christmas celebrations in Vilnius are mostly held in three main locations embellished with the Christmas decorations. The first location to swing by is the Cathedral Square where a 25-meter Christmas fir is erected and spruced with lots of flashing LED lights and Christmas toys. All the visitors are able to see 3D fairy-tale Christmas dream in the evening.

The second location worth-visiting is the City Hall Square, where visitors can see a large Christmas tree, decorated with renewed flashing cookies, pieces of orange and colourful candies.

And the third location to stop by is the Bernardinai Garden, in which the visitors will see a fountain and a swinging carousel.

December 15, 7pm

Linas Adomaitis and LSSO. Vilnius’s Congress Hall;

Linas Adomaitis,a groovy Lithuanian singer, violin player, composer, arranger, music producer and innovator of his own field, is going to give a mighty shake to Lithuanian music space for this time. Together with Lithuanian State Symphonic Orchestra and a crowd of invited musicians and the guest of the concert Merūnas Vitulskis, Linas is going to introduce the creative pearls of his recent album «Time Machine» as well as the super-hits of various musical periods starting from the first group  L+, formed by Linas, till nowadays.

December 15-21

Euro exhibition; the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius (Katedros sq.3)

Euro Exhibition organized in the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania invites both adults and children to learn more about our country‘s new currency – the euro. Visitors of the exhibition will gain more knowledge about the history of the euro, banknote design, production, protective measures, and destruction of worn-out money and learn to distinguish the real banknote from the fake. The visitors will have the opportunity to familiarize with coins of all countries of the entire Eurozone that will be also valid in Lithuania.

December 16, 7 pm:

Concert «Under the Angel’s Wing», St Catherine’s Church, Vilnius

Asta Krikščiūnaitė (soprano), a National Culture and Arts Award laureate, called the representative of elegant music, for this Christmas concert brought together longtime stage partners and music professionals – the world-known Čiurlionis String Quartet, Associate Professor of the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, pianist Audronė Kisieliūtė, the charismatic Donatas Bagurskas (upright bass) and the gentleman of the accordion Kazys Stonkus. These artists collectively played in concerts for a number of years and crowned their creative journey with the uplifted compact disc of Christmas carols called «Under the Angel’s Wing».

The concert program consists of Christmas carols of the nations of the world, popular vocal and instrumental works, as well as recognizable melodious songs.

December 17, 6.45pm:

ULEB Europe Cup, Lietuvos Rytas Sport Arena

ULEB European Cup is the second most powerful European basketball league after the Euroleague. The club which becomes the champion earns the right to participate at the Euroleague next season. As stakes are high, Vilnius’ premier basketball club Lietuvos Rytas is to take on Tel Aviv’s Hapoel.

December 20-24:

Christmas Market of Design, Vilnius Design Block

Right before Christmas, Lithuanian Design Block in Ševčenkos Street will be decorated for the festive season and will invite to a Christmas market of design. For two joyful days of holiday anticipation one will have the opportunity to meet great artisans and purchase various gifts crafted by them.

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