Christmas in the capital city Vilnius; various Vilnius venues;
Christmas miracle has come to Vilnius to chase anxious thoughts off and to bring festive mood and eagerness to share this feeling with the closest ones. Vilnius Cathedral Square has been turned into a truly magical Christmas village – one is welcome here to buy a unique gift, treat yourself to a delicious festive treat or warming drink, or even meet a character from your favourite fairy tale.
Christmas Tree-Labyrinth, Vilnius Town Hall square (December 10 – 31, 4 pm – 10 pm);
This year, the Vilnius Town Centre square is 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.
Nativity scene and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Vilnius Cathedral and the square (December 24, 9 pm);
40th Christmas Marathon, Vinco Kudirkos square (December 27, 9.30 am);
December 21-23, noon- 8pm
Last Minute Market; Arts Factory «Loftas» (Loft), Švitrigailos St. 29, Vilnius;
If you are looking for presents for Christmas, this factory is created especially for you. Last Minute Market is the last opportunity for busy people to purchase good presents. The most interesting Lithuanian designers and traders shall offer to leave under the Christmas tree an original and probably unique Christmas present. In the Christmas factory, POP-UP Christmas coffee-shop shall also be open where you may make an appointment with your friend and to present him with just packed Christmas present.
Exhibition «Alchemy of Colours»; the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Katedros Sq. 3, Vilnius;
The international exhibition of Scagliola art works from the Bianco Bianchi collection in Florence is a joint Project by the owners of the private Bianco Bianchi collection Alessandro Bianchi and Elisabetta Bianchi, and the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the Vilnius Academy of Art. This exhibition will present to Lithuania’s cultural society, art researchers and restorers the subtle and refined art of scagliola.
December 22, 7 pm
Christmas in the Chodkevičiai Palace; Vilnius Picture Gallery, Didžioji St. 4, Vilnius;
For four evenings in a row, in an aristocratic ambience, one’s heart will be moved by the prominent performers of Lithuanian classical music as well as young talents.
December 22, 7 pm
Dainius and Aidas Puodžiukas. Beethoven’s sonatas
December 26, 5pm
A Cappella Christmas with vocal ensemble «Quorum»
December 27, 4pm
Christmas Dance. Piano Trio Fortvio
December 22, 6pm
Alice in wonderland; Pramogų arena, Ąžuolyno St. 9, Vilnius;
Unseen in Lithuania performance on ice Alice in Wonderland arrives to Pramogų Arena. Children and adults will see the world famous St. Petersburg skating theatre performance.
December 23, 8.30 pm
Operetta «Wiener Blut»; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, A. Vienuolio St. 1, Vilnius;
Libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein, translated into Lithuanian by Antanas Gailius and Eduardas Astramskas; conductors Martynas Staškus; director and Choreographer Monika Wiesler (Austria); designer Eldor Renter (Estonia); chorus Master Česlovas Radžiūnas;
Wiener Blut is Johann Strauss’s third operetta that has triumphantly travelled across the world. Written to a humorous and mirthful libretto, full of amusing intrigues, this music displays a string of uplifting motives that are sung, hummed and whistled around the world to a rhythm of waltz.
Estonian Jewellers’ Exhibition «Field»; Gallery (AV17), Aušros vartų St. 17, Vilnius;
A jewellery exhibition «Field/Väli» by four Estonian artists Maarja Niinemägi, Kertu Tuberg, Linda al-Assi and Merle Kasonen encompasses the polysemantic word «field». Just as how the term «field» is used in physics to describe an active environment with which charged bodies affect one another, so do jewellers use this word to impart sense of influence of the major jewellery field to their freshest works. That is to say, jewellery pieces represent not only each artist’s individual style and tell personal stories but, because artists were inspired by people and movements that surround them, works also reveal the characteristic features of the contemporary Estonian jewellery. One of the most outstanding features of the Estonian jewellery school, that unfold its poeticism, is a sensitive usage of colour and conceptualism.
Vytenis Jankūnas. Exhibition «Stuck on the train»; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vokiečių St. 2, Vilnius;
The exhibition features a series of photographs taken by the artist while travelling in New York on subway between Queens and Manhattan. Vytenis Jankūnas (born 1961) is a Lithuanian artist who has been living in New York for the past 20 years. He graduated from Lithuanian State Art Institute in 1985 and was an active member of the Lithuanian art scene throughout the 1990s, a member of artists’ groups «1» and «School of New Communication». He is exhibiting his work in United States, Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Hong Kong, France, United Kingdom and other places. His works are also a part of collections of Lithuanian Art Museum and National M.K. Čiurlionis Art Museum.
Exhibition «A pensive Christ: from religious image to the symbol as caretaker of nation»; The Church Heritage Museum, Šv. Mykolo St. 9, Vilnius;
Majority of Lithuanian residents know who is a Caretaker. One of them treat him a symbol of the nation’s or the Lithuanians’ character; others consider it a small sculpture carved by a folk artist. The third ones would claim that he is a family intercessor, guardian, and still others think that is he a Pagan god. No doubt, among them there would be those who do not know anything about him. However, very few from us would be able to say where this image originates from, how, when and where it has formed, and what a figure of the sitting thoughtful man means in the Christian art, also how believers perceived him in the 16th -19th centuries.
December 25, 7pm
Christmas in 80s’ and 90s’ style; BO Bar, Muitinės St. 9, Kaunas;
One is invited to swing by the bar and get the best musical memories from the past refreshed;
December 25, 8pm
Christmas Blast in Irish way; Nesė Club, Turgaus St. 1, Klaipėda;
A lot of Irish tunes, many tumblers of Irish bear and a gigantic turkey roast awaits one in Nesė Club on Christmas Day in Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda;
December 26, noon
Musical Christmas, Concert Hall «Piano Lt», Trakų St. 9 / Kėdainių St. 1, Vilnius;
Christmas in Music is a traditional festival held in Vilnius. This year’s performance will take place at Piano.lt, the concert hall in the romantic part of the Old City. The festival offers nine concerts from December 19 through 31. From classics and Romanticism to gospel and jazz – the Christmas in Music offers a fine palette of musical experiences to lead you through into the prosperous and successful New Year.
December 27, noon
Flea Market; Dance Bar, Šermukšnių St. 4A, Vilnius;
Flea market is a place trading in personal used things: clothes, accessories, household utilities, interior details, toys, books and many others. Also one can here find unique handmade articles.
December 27, 3pm
Christopher Christmas: a moonless night featured by Liuba Nazarenko (vocals, guitar), St. Catherine‘s Church, Vilniaus St. 30, Vilnius;
As per tradition, on the occasion of the winter festive season, the owner of a velvety voice, Liuba Nazarenko, will greet one with the most beautiful assemblage of romances. According to the singer, these songs, full of emotional melodies, were usually heard in cosy salons by candlelight, yet today they have emerged from their chamber surrounds and captured the hearts of concert hall audiences. And even though the times might be changing, the torment of love and longing remains the same. Programme features late 19th – early 20th century city, salon, early and other romances.
December 27, 6pm and 8.30pm
Christopher Christmas: Christmas Carols with Monika Liu, St. Catherine‘s Church, Vilniaus St. 30, Vilnius;
Monika Liu, a student from the prestigious Berklee College (USA), and a participant of exclusive musical projects, has experimented in different roles, and this time she’ll be inviting audiences to an astoundingly cosy, and most probably the most festive concert of the year, together with the group Subtilu-Z. Programme – I. Berlin, J. L. Pierpont, J. F. Coots, etc.