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Riga is the city where the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree was born. The Grand Christmas market and the tree are on the Dome Square in the Old town.

As well as excellent well priced gifts and decorations there are concerts and folklore shows throughout advent.

Every day Father Christmas invites kids into his house. After a chat with Father Christmas, feel free to mail a postcard or a letter from Santa’s tiny Post office.

The Christmas Market is popular with locals as well as tourists visiting Riga.
Last year approximately 350000 people visited Christmas Market. Every visitor has a chance to get familiar with variety of Latvian products and handicrafts: wooden toys, hand-made Christmas decorations, candles, basketry, woollen sweaters, socks, gloves, sheepskin, linen fabrics as well as painted silk, glassware and many others.

To make visitors comfortable warm drinks and food is available. If cold, plenty of hoot mulled wine is available and for sure tasty gingerbreads will be help to create your own Christmas feeling. If hungry, finding the traditional Latvian grainy sausages, grey peas with ham, cooking sauerkraut and baked potatoes. Every day we have smoked meet and smoked fish, Latvian green teas, gingerbreads and roasted almonds with charming smells of Christmas.

Welcome to the Old Riga Christmas market !
10.00 - 20.00 daily

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A Latvia Christmas, the Town Hall Square, Liepins
How to say "Merry Christmas" in Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!

Did you know?

In 1510 the world's first decorated Christmas tree was made in Riga

If some historians are correct, then Riga is the birthplace of the world's first decorated Christmas tree. In 1510, a group of Riga merchants first decorated a fir tree with flowers in honour of the birth of Christ. These traditions gradually evolved and spread throughout the Christian world, so whenever you see a Christmas tree, remember that Riga is where it all started.

2010 marked the 500th anniversary of the first Christmas Tree!!

Lido skating rink Riga

Blackheads House in Riga Latvia
Festival "European Christmas"

Date: 02.12 - 30.12.2013

Each year, during the beautiful period of Advent, Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, audienc- es have an opportunity to experience the holiday spirit through traditional Christmas music (Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi to name a few), pieces by contemporary composers and even through joyful jazz music.
Did You know...?
The ancient trading route from Riga to Istanbul was known as 'The Amber Route' and was used by the Greeks, Arabs and also Vikings.

Local dishes: Latvians consume a lot of dairy products, eggs, potatoes, fish and grains; although you will also find plenty of meat in restaurants. Fish may include Siļķe (herring) līdaka (pike), zutis (eel), forele (trout), or lasis (salmon). If fish is cepts, it's fried, if sālīts or mazsālīts, it's salted; and kūpīnats means it'll be smoked. Soups and sausage are also popular. Zāvēta desa is smoked sausage. In summer and autumn, good use is made of berries, freshly picked from the forest. Fruit pies and tarts (Kūka) are abundant at this time of year. You will also find a huge array of freshly baked cakes, breads and pastries. Latvia's leading beer is Aldaris.
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