What you'll do
- We will visit two vibrant local Christmas markets, traditional crafts shop and family owned restaurant for a dish we make just one day per year! - You will learn how to make the most ancient and traditional Lithuanian Christmas Eve dish – poppy seed milk with traditional ‘yeasted cookies’ and have a taste too - You will find out what are unique traditions and beliefs Lithuanians still follow on Christmas - Shop for authentic gifts and souvenirs such as “sodas” (rye sticks construction representing the life circle and Universe in Baltic understanding), “bees bread“, knitted gloves, linen bags, incense, herbal tea and lots more, with a local by your side - You will be surprised about the old Soviet-era Christmas traditions and how they stack up to today’s modern approach to the festive season - Admire one of Europe’s most beautiful Christmas trees and discover the history behind decorative Christmas trees in Lithuania
Hi, my name is Kestas and I'm deeply rooted local of Vilnius. Together with my most hospitable friends and certified guides Vilija, Viktorija and Ieva we are the bunch who are exploring and offering urban and suburban adventures for city guests. Vilija - Elf no 1 - tradition keeper. Viktorija - Elf no 2 - supervisor. Ieva - Elf no 3 - food historian. We are the last generation which have lived through Soviet Union regime and behind Iron Curtain - therefore could tell our private stories and are happy to share our love to modern day Vilnius with you. The experience we provide are researched, created, constantly improved and felt by ourselves and always have a local and cultural touches with inclusions, because we believe that a truly memorable experience is the felt one. Come to discover many faces of Vilnius and befriend our lovely city.
Where you'll be
We'll explore the city’s bustling Christmas markets, learn about its unique pagan festive traditions, try traditional yuletide treats and shop for authentic Christmas trinkets and gifts for friends and loved ones. Later we'll immerse in a traditional poppy seed milk-making and kūčiukai tasting session at a family-owned restaurant and find out about the many traditions that surround Xmas Eve dinner in Lithuania. Later - visit to another market.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests aged 12 and up can attend.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
Christmas Magic in Vilnius
From €35/personNew experience