Lithuania's big cities are lighting their Christmas trees this weekend, promising festive, albeit Covid-conscious, holiday celebrations.
The mirror-clad 27-metre Christmas tree in Cathedral Square of Vilnius has been inspired by snowflakes. “I was fascinated by their geometry, variety,” says Dominykas Koncevičius, who designed the tree.
The holiday programme in Vilnius will include a Christmas village around the tree in Cathedral Square, 3D projections on the Cathedral, a skating ring near the White Bridge and a festive run.
The Christmas tree lighting ceremony is planned at 19:00 on Saturday, but without a live audience. There will be a live broadcast on LRT.lt and LRT TV.
Kaunas is also inaugurating its Christmas season this Saturday with a tree lighting ceremony and a concert.
The public will be able to watch the event online, while live attendance will be limited to around 500 people: children with disabilities and their guardians.
According to Agnė Augonė of Kaunas Municipality, children with disabilities from the city's foster homes and foster families would otherwise have few opportunities to see the tree and attend the performance.
Kaunas' Christmas Tree, designed by the artist Jolanta Šmidtienė, will be decorated with 600 butterflies.
“Christmas tree is a symbol of the promised paradise, it is about comfort, warmth, pleasure, a place where it's warm and beautiful,” she said at a press event this week. “Designing the tree, I was thinking about how heavenly it is, in summer, to fall into a meadow and look at the sky, see passing butterflies. That's where the idea came from.”