Winter in Klaipeda
Christmas in Klaipeda
Klaipeda is a charming city located on the Baltic Sea in Lithuania. Every year, the city comes alive with the spirit of Christmas, and locals and visitors alike enjoy a festive atmosphere. The main square is decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree and lights, and there are often choir performances and other entertainment. There are also plenty of opportunities to shop for gifts and souvenirs. In addition, Klaipeda is home to a unique Christmas market, where you can find a variety of traditional Lithuanian foods and crafts. Whether you're looking for a festive way to celebrate the holidays or simply want to enjoy some winter magic, Klaipeda is definitely worth a visit during the Christmas season.
During the first weekend of December the city puts up a gigantic decorated tree in the middle of the town which sets the tone for the next few weeks of festivities. Each year it takes on a different theme but it is always the focus point for concerts, events and the arrival of santa.
Local stalls surround the tree selling fresh apple juice amd iced gingerbread cookies as well as local crafts which make great gifts for the family.
When night falls the town comes to life with all the sparkling Christmas lights and decorations.
Christmas Food and Traditions
Food plays a very important role in celebrating Christmas all over the world with each country having their own special recipes and traditions. In Lithunia you must try Kūčiukai which are bite-sized biscuits served with freshly made poppy milk that are only eaten during the Christmas season.
It is no surprise that kids believe in magic, but during Christmas, even adults join in and get involved in various Christmas spells. Single people find out when they will meet their other half by pulling straws from beneath the table Also, Lithuanians believe that animals start talking at midnight on Christmas Eve, so don’t be surprised if you see locals spying on their pets.
What to do in Klaipeda
Visit the old town which is beautiful at any time of year but during Christmas it really is beautiful, visit the castle court and Museum, take part in the statue scavenger hunt or if you want to head further afield take a tour of the Curonian split.