Lviv and Christmas must have been created for each other. It is one more bright city with colorful traditions which are difficult to be found anywhere else in Ukraine as well as Europe. On the eve of the New Year and Christmas holidays, Lviv is immersed in twinkling multi-colored lights. They even more vividly emphasize the beauty of amazing architecture. Narrow streets become even more mysterious and mystical.
And for fans of traditional celebrations, numerous temples open their doors. By the way, even those who are not so religious should visit at least one of Lviv’s cathedrals for Christmas, since they are incredibly beautiful and spectacular.
Christmas fairs and festivities
The main festivities for New Year and Christmas take place near the Opera House. In the central square, there is a Christmas tree, which is decorated in a new way every year. There are always interesting photo areas around and Christmas and fairy-tale characters walk around, so you won’t go from there without good photos. It will be interesting for both children and adults.
The Christmas fair in Lviv is, without exaggeration, one of the largest and longest in Europe. It usually lasts for a month or longer, so you can even have time to visit it several times. Be sure to try some wine and hot coffee drinks, because in Lviv they are especially good and varied. And in addition, you will find wonderful street food, souvenirs, gifts, and plenty of nice little things. The range of the fair goods differs from the usual souvenir shops. It is in Lviv that you can find something really special. The fair is traditionally held on Rynok Square and Svobody Avenue.
Showcases of Lviv shops turn into works of art. Owners of shops, cafes, and restaurants allegedly compete with each other to decorate their restaurant more and more beautifully. And most often there are interesting interpretations of classic Christmas stories. So a simple walk along the streets turns into a tour of the open-air museum. Not to mention all the dozens of attractions that the city is so rich in!
Active Christmas in Lviv
For lovers of active leisure, Lviv is a great choice for the Christmas holidays. Some entertainment is waiting for you within the city. For example, a large rink with festive background music. And if you keep warm and pick up good shoes, you can climb the High Castle and appreciate the beauty of the city from the height. A walk in the Lychakiv cemetery, which has also become a museum, is a special pleasure.
And you can go skiing. In this case, it will be more convenient for you to rent a car in Lviv, and this is exactly what we at Ukr-Prokat will be happy to help with. The nearest base is only 20 minutes from the city in the village Maidan. It is small, with one track, but good for beginners. A little further is a relatively young resort Bukovytsia, which is already loved by skiers. There are more tracks there and they are designed for different levels of skills. There is even a short gentle hill for children to go down from.