Europe’s Longest Christmas Holidays!
Christmas came early to Lviv in 2009 with celebrations to mark St. Andrew’s Day on December 13, and the fun didn’t stop until well into January as the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox faithful all marked their respective Christmas holidays. Standing at the geopolitical crossroads of Eastern Europe, Lviv is one of the continent’s most enduring multi-faith cities, with centuries of attempts by rival empires to impose their own brands of religious homogeneity producing the opposite effect of today’s multi-faith mosaic. This year’s Christmas holiday celebrations in Lviv where more colourful than ever with a seasonal market on Rynok Square and along the Opera House alleyway offering a wide range of delicious and delightful folk crafts and traditional Christmas treats, while theatrical performances from some of the city’s leading troupes served to entertain holidaymakers. Festive public celebrations have been one of the cornerstones of the Lviv City Council’s efforts to transform the city into a leading 21st century weekend break option for European tourists and we can expect the coming year to packed full of carnivals and festivals taking their lead from these bumper Christmas celebrations.