Christmas Trees Launch the Season

Every year, Lithuanian cities proudly compete for the title of the best Christmas tree. Kicking off the unofficial contest early, Vilnius, Kaunas and several other towns revealed their trees over the past weekend.


In Vilnius, the 27-metre cone-shaped tree in Cathedral Square was inspired by blown-up images of snowflakes. The design by Dominykas Koncevičius is sharp, clean, and ice-cold – and topped by a six-metre star.



The Christmas tree in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city, evokes summer and warmth. The design, by the artist Jolanta Šmidtienė, has the tree covered with about 600 multi-coloured butterflies.

Other towns in Lithuania also launched the Christmas season last weekend.


Lithuania’s fifth-largest city, Panevėžys, beat both Vilnius and Kaunas to it, lighting its Christmas tree on November 26. The 18-metre decoration was inaugurated without any prior announcement in order to avoid crowding.

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