Lviv Ukrainian Christmas Tour with traditional dinner

Feel what Ukrainian Christmas is really about on a private tour with a local guide
Duration
3 hours
Group size
1-15 people
Season
Mid-Dec to Mid-Jan
Can start at
4pm
Weekdays
Mon-Sun
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While most of Europe gets together for Christmas on December 24th and 25th, Ukrainian Christmas is celebrated on the 6th and 7th of January. This resembles the birth of Jesus Christ according to the old Orthodox Julian calendar. And with many traditions dating back to Pre-Christian pagan times, Ukrainian Christmas is even more so like no other. That’s why we want to use our chance to bring Ukrainian Christmas traditions as close to you as possible and make you feel the real spirit of this wonderful fest right here in Lviv.

Highlights

The five best things about this tour

  • Get to know Ukrainian Christmas traditions
  • Taste some amazing Christmas food at the Ukrainian Christmas Dinner
  • Hear some original Ukrainian Christmas songs
  • Visit the local Christmas market
  • Be amazed by the beautiful Christmas lighting of Lviv

Detailed description

More about your experience with us

Christmas in Lviv starts every year around the second week of December and goes on until the festival of Jordan (Epiphany) in the Orthodox calendar, which is celebrated on the 19th of January. Apart from the Christmas Market in Lviv, which actually is not even a Ukrainian tradition, there will be many things to see and hear:

  • a large Didukh – something like a Ukrainian Christmas tree made of hay
  • a vertep – a nativity seen in Ukrainian style
  • Kolyadki – traditional Ukrainian Christmas songs

But Lviv isn’t just a Ukrainian city. It is also the center of the Armenian minority in Western Ukraine, which have their own Christmas traditions. And Lviv was for centuries inhabited by Polish people, of which there are still several thousand left in the city. Polish people also celebrate Christmas differently in Lviv. Our tour will therefore bring you to those places and will introduce you to these traditions.
And on top of that Lviv is also a center of various denominations – several Orthodox communities, Greek-Catholics which also have slightly varying religious traditions.
Our tour is the perfect opportunity to get an insight into all of these!

Try an original Lviv Ukrainian Christmas dinner

However, Christmas, not just in Ukraine, is also a fest of food. And that is why our tour simply would not be perfect without a Ukrainian Christmas dinner. Just like on our Lviv Ukrainian Food Tour, the Christmas Tour is a good possibility to introduce you to Ukrainian cooking! The traditional Christmas dinner on Sviaty Vechyr traditionally consists of 12 dishes, which all will be served to you during this dinner. Here are a few to name:

  • Kutya – a mix of grain, walnuts
  • Borsch – Ukrainian beetroot soup, usually with small dumplings (Vushka)
  • Vareniki – Ukrainian dumplings on Christmas usually with cabbage
  • Holubtsi – cabbage rolls
  • Pampushki – bread rolls that are a typical for Christmas in Ukraine
  • pickled fish – usually herring
  • Usvar – a drink made from dried fruits and prunes

And the whole dinner has a set up, which reminds on the birth of Jesus Christ and mixes it with the old pagan traditions, where on Christmas Eve also dead relatives are being remembered. And with this you get many more stories from our guides personal experiences with Christmas and about their own family traditions. Because every family celebrates it slightly different.

Basic vs Premium

If you don't want just a tour but the best you can get

Basic

  • Private Tour
  • Amazing local guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Free Map

Premium

  • All of the Basic Package
  • Hotel Pick Up
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Christmas Dinner

Tour price

The value of our service can't equal in numbers

Number of people
Basic Tour
Premium Tour
1 person
79 Euro
99 Euro
2 people
94 Euro
129 Euro
3 people
109 Euro
159 Euro
4 people
124 Euro
189 Euro
5 people
139 Euro
219 Euro
6 people
154 Euro
249 Euro
7 people
169 Euro
279 Euro
8 people
184 Euro
309 Euro
9 people
199 Euro
339 Euro
10 people
214 Euro
369 Euro
11 people
229 Euro
399 Euro
12 people
244 Euro
429 Euro
13 people
259 Euro
459 Euro
14 people
274 Euro
489 Euro
15 people
289 Euro
519 Euro

Ukrainian Christmas Tour

Feel what Ukrainian Christmas is really about on a private tour with a local guide
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No, it's not, but...

… our guides come to the meeting point anyways. But in case the group is larger than 25 people and we did not know about this before, we will have to prefer people that have a reservation. If you make a reservation we can always organise an extra guide a guarantee a great quality tour for everyone.

And if you are a group of more than 6 people...

… we are very sorry, but we usually won’t permit you to the free tour. But we are happy to offer you some great private tours that can be very inexpensive. Check for example our Private Must See Tour and others for a small fee.