Lighting the National Tree

On Saturday night, I braved sub-zero wind chill (Fahrenheit and Celsius) to watch the Christmas tree lighting show in Cathedral Square in Vilnius.  Several Lithuanian pop stars performed on stage before the capital city’s official “national tree” lit up.  The event was capped off with a fireworks display.  After almost an hour standing outside, we headed to a local wine bar for a glass of hot wine.  Hot wine in Lithuania is just that — red wine that is hot; not mulled wine like you might expect.  But it is still a nice drink for a wintry evening.  On the walk home, I passed the Christmas tree in front of the historic Town Hall, which was also lit up for the first time tonight.  I’m definitely getting into the holiday spirit!

The "national Christmas tree" in Cathedral Square

Christmas tree in front of the historic Town Hall


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