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BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the weekfrom December 22 to December 29.

December 22, 7pm

Star crooner Merūnas, St Catherine’s Church;

The beauty of soloist Merūnas Vitulskis‘s voice is said to be mesmerizing everyone. Merūnas is deservedly called one of the most gifted modern talents with an excellent lyrical tenor. He is a charismatic singer, who not afraid of experimenting, and has been discovered through a musical reality show. Programme includes works by F. Schubert, R. Alessandro, J. Fontana, L. Dalla and others.

December 22-29

Christmas in the Capital, Vilnius Old Town;

Christmas celebrations in the capital city are publicly held mostly held in three locations. The first location to swing by is the Cathedral Square where a 25-meter Christmas tree 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.

It is shown three times a day on the Cathedral wall. Also, at the Cathedral Square during December , a seasonal Christmas town is worth swinging by, where visitors are able to feast their eyes at hand-made pottery, glass products, jewelry and specially made sweets such as chestnuts, gingerbreads or mulled wine as well as purchase Christmas presents, made by various craftsmen.

The second location worth-visiting is the City Hall Square, where visitors can see big, playful Christmas tree, decorated with renewed flashing cookies, pieces of orange and colorful candies. Also, The International Christmas Charity Fair is held at City Hall and City Hall Square.

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

December 23, 6.30pm

Operetta Merry Widow, Lithuania’s National Opera and Ballet Theatre;

Drawn up by composer Franz Lehar (1870-1948), operetta consists of 3 acts, performed in Lithuanian,

libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein after Henri Meilhac, music director and conductor Julius Geniušas

Those who have once experienced the intoxicating effect of Lehar’s operettas may easily recognize their Austro-Hungarian-French spirit.

First produced in London in 1907, it received 778 performances attended by nearly a million people, and king, Edward VII, was four times among them. Performed over 5,000 times in the USA, it received five simultaneous productions in five languages in Buenos Aires.

The Merry Widow has, for almost one hundred years now, broken box-office records, receiving over 250 000 performances in 25 different languages all over the world, as well as countless recordings, films and television features (among them were some rather bizarre formats for an operetta, such as a silent 14-minute film shot in Sweden in 1907), full-length ballets, ice-show, etc. – no medium yet devised has not featured this ‘queen of operettas’.

Although repeatedly staged at the music theatres in Kaunas (where it has received a total of 6 productions!) and Klaipeda, The Merry Widow mounts the LNOBT’s stage for the first time.

December 26, noon

Christmas Music Week: the Bells of Bethlehem, Lithuanian National Philharmonic;

Performers: Ąžuoliukas Boys and Youth Choir, artistic director and conductor Vytautas Miskinis.

December 27-31

Vilnius Christmas, various venues in the Lithuanian capital.

December 28, 10am

Christmas Run, Vokieciu Street in Vilnius;

Christmas Run is organized already for the 40th time. Many years the race was called as the New Year Run, however, since the independence was recovered, the event schedule often matched to Christmas time, thus the new title – the Christmas Run – emerged.

The first race was held in 1975 in order all the enthusiasts could celebrate the New Year among the affinities. 77 runners took part in the race. The idea of the race has not changed even today. Hundreds of enthusiasts gather together for the last time in the passing year to greet their friend and affinities and some – hungry for game – to compete.

This year, runners can run 12 or 6 kilometers or choose a relay race event and four people run 3 kilometers each. The little ones will compete in Dwarf Race running 500 meters. The participants will start and finish in the Town Hall Square.

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