So you’ve bought all the gifts, enjoyed the Christmas town, gazed at the modernist architecture and street art and are now looking forward to New Year’s Eve in Kaunas? Great – we’ve put together an extensive list of things you can do on December 31. Many of the events include a delicious dinner and, of course, music!
New Year’s Night in Pažaislis Monastery Ensemble
Monte Pacis, the unique hospitality complex at the marvellous baroque monastery by the Kaunas Reservoir, invites you and your family to a festive six- or a four-course dinner accompanied with live music. At 11 pm, you’ll attend the holy mass at Pažaislis monastery church. When the clock strikes midnight, the greetings will be shared by the festive bonfire in the Carriage square of the complex. Prices and contacts.
Festive Dinner in the Downtown
Prefer to stick to the central part of Kaunas? Fantastic. It looks like every single restaurant offers something to indulge in. Here are some of our favourites...
The modern gastronomy gem Ieti offers a 5-course dinner with live music AND the view to the Christmas tree and the Town hall square (this is where the official New Year’s Party will start at 10:30 pm). Prices and contacts;
Soul, yet another restaurant with a view of the Town Hall Square, will hold a Moulin Rouge-themed dinner party. Great food, glasses full of bubbles and music to dance the night away! Prices and contacts;
Pilies sodas, located right by the Kaunas Castle, has booked a saxophone player for its New Year’s dinner. After midnight, the party will move to Taboo, a nightclub located at the same premises. Prices and contacts;
Režisierius, one of the best Asian places in town, has a thing for movies – no wonder its last party in 2018 has the dress code ‘masks’. Put on your fanciest one, as oysters and shrimps are also on the menu. Prices and contacts;
Bernelių užeiga is a chain of traditional Lithuanian restaurants; its branch in the Old Town will focus on the interwar period, considered the golden age of Kaunas. Don’t know how to dance the swing? An open lesson will be held after dinner (traditional dishes, of course), right before the clock strikes twelve... Prices and contacts;
Piccola Italia, the centrally located trattoria, offers a 5-course dinner inspired by all-time Italian classics. Prices and contacts;
Kaunas State Philharmonic have teamed up with the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and are inviting you to a pleasant music afternoon starting at 4 pm. G. Bizet, A. L. Webber, L. Bernstein, Westlife, R. Rodgers and beyond! Tickets;
VMU Main Hall, the go-to place for fans of jazz and world music, will be all about Johann Strauss on the New Year’s Eve. The concert by the VMU Chamber Orchestra will start at 7 pm. Tickets;
Žalgirio arena, the biggest multifunctional venue in the Baltics, will witness the tete-a-tete of two rock music mohicans. Chris Norman will meet its Lithuanian soul brother Gytis Paškevičius. Both artists will perform with their bands and will present an array all of greatest hits. Fireworks included. Before the concert, you're welcome to indulge into the festive dinner in the Sala restaurant, located right in the arena. Tickets; Dinner details.
Sandėlis invited Igor Berin that’ll perform well-known pieces by Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles and the likes. Prices and contacts;
Are you a Swan lake type of person that also happens to like electronic music? Head to Anna Mesha if YES is your answer. One of the trendiest nightclubs in town is hosting a themed carnival the this year. Prices and contacts;
Justinas Jarutis, the golden voice of Lithuanian indie scene, is coming over to Bardakas for a festive night out. Secure a spot at one of the busiest bars in Kaunas before the clock strikes midnight and stay late. Prices and contacts;
The official Kaunas New Year’s party will be held at the Town Hall Square and is scheduled to start at 10:30 pm. On the programme is an open-air disco, so expect to dance a lot. Free of charge;
On 11:30 pm in Vytautas the Great War Museum Garden, the bells of the carillon will warm everyone up with some of the most festive music ever. Performed by Julius Vilnonis. Free of charge;
For electronic music-fueled night owls, the biggest recommendation is Lizdas (Lithuanian for 'nest'), where at least seven DJs will mix their skills and the first vibes of 2019. More information.