Christmas and Winter Holidays in Lviv

Christmas and Winter Holidays in Lviv

Photo: shutterstock.comWinter holidays in Lviv is a merry affair. Every year this city in the Western Ukraine attracts thousands of visitors, who are looking to experience the magical winter fairy tale in the heart of the medieval town filled with European Christmas atmosphere.

Winter holiday season in Lviv starts with St. Nicholas day, which marks the beginning of the magical Christmas time in the city. To set you in the right Christmasy mood visit one of the most anticipated concerts of the winter season, Sinatra White Christmas. The concert will take place at Lviv National Theater of Opera & Ballet (28, Svobody Avenue, Lviv) on December 19th and promises to deliver loads of Christmas spirit, romantic atmosphere and favorite holiday tunes.

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For many people winter holiday season starts from the quest for interesting presents for family and beloved ones. Visit Lviv Pop Up Market (happening on Dec 10th, 2016) or Design Market One Day Shop Christmas Edition (taking place on Dec 17th, 2016) for all the holiday gifts you can possibly need. These fairs are perfect to shop for authentic souvenirs, designer clothes, holiday gifts from young Ukrainian brands and spend some quality time with your friends and family listening to good music and enjoying delicious seasonal dishes and drinks at the food courts. Check out all the details on these events on Facebook.

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To get a glimpse of unique cultural identity that miraculously survived on the outskirts of modern Europe go the Shevchenkivsky Gai on January 7th, 8th or 9th, 2017. There will be folk festival «Ukrainian Chrismas in Shevchenkivsky Gai» happening for these 3 days, where you can discover authentic Ukrainian Christmas traditions, listen to the oldest Ukrainian Christmas carols and taste traditional Ukrainian Christmas food and drinks. Shevchenkivky Gai is an open-air museum displays different regional styles of farmsteads, windmills, churches and schools which dot a huge park to the east of the city center. Everything is pretty spread out here and a visit involves a lot of footwork.


Imagine skating hand-in-hand on a crisp winter night. A few stars may be visible above and the really breathtaking views of Christmas Lviv. The skating rink on Rynok Square in Lviv places you in a picture-perfect location with all the fairy lights, Сhristmas carol tunes and winter holiday atmosphere all around. This is one of the most popular ice skating locations in the city, it is also one of the biggest skating rinks in town.

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New Year and especially Christmas are the most popular and the most beloved holidays in Lviv. Both have a long history and a special set of traditions and rituals, all of which allow to explore unique Ukrainian cultural identity that miraculously survived on the outskirts of modern Europe. Thousands of travelers come to Lviv every year to celebrate winter holidays with in authentic Ukrainian style.

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