Visitors to the Lithuanian capital over the festive period should ensure they take in the spectacular Vilnius Christmas tree next to the Ducal Palace in the centre of the city. 

The tree has been designed to resemble a fourteenth or fiftheenth century chess piece – the Queen no less – which was discovered by archaeologists while excavating a site around the Ducal Palace in Vilnius back in 2007.

Sustainable Vilnius Christmas Tree

Vilnius Christmas Tree photo by Saulius Ziura.
Vilnius Christmas Tree, Lithuania, photo by Saulius Žiūra.

Measuring some 27 metres in height, the Vilius Christmas tree has 6,000 branches, collected while foresters were carrying out essential maintenance work in the Lithuanian forests, making this a truly sustainable as well as beautiful Christmas tree.

A traditional Christmas market is set up around the tree, with another one in the Town Hall Square. Both markets will carry on through the festive period and into the New Year, culminating on 7 January 2020.

And while you are in Vilnius, why not take our advice and endulge yourself in some of the great restaurants in town and sample the emerging Baltic cuisine.

Vilnius is not the only city in Europe, for inspiration of the other places you can join in the festive spirit, read our round up of the Christmas Markets in Europe and the UK.

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For more ideas on what to do in Vilnius, visit: vilnius-tourism. Cover photo, Vilnius Christmas Tree photo by Saulius Žiūra.