Three for the Weekend: Lights, Nature, Literature

December is a time when many try to illuminate their days, literally. This weekend, there are also several events where light plays a crucial role, either literally or figuratively.

Light garden at Ropaži Church

For the fourth year in a row, a 'Garden of Light' decorative Christmas-spirit installation has appeared at the Ropaži Church (Baznīcas Street 1, Ropaži). 

The light installations were set up for the first time in 2020 as a campaign for the renovation of the church and was a big hit, with tens of thousands of visitors, so the tradition continues. 

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The Garden of Light will be open until January 3, 16:00 to 20:00 on weekdays and 11:00 to 20:00 on weekends.

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Christmas Nature trail at Ķemeri 

On Saturday, December 9, 16:00–20:00, the Ķemeri National Nature Park organizes a 'Christmas in Nature' event during which visitors will be able to see the trail "in a new light, meeting forest structures and inhabitants with the help of light and sound effects."

The central location of the event is Meža Māja (Forest House), location here.


Since the end of November, Latvia has been experiencing the annual literary prose readings festival throughout the country, and this weekend some of the final events are taking place, for instance, a "Bridge between languages" readings and discussions with translators, a Family Saturday with prose for children, several thematic readings, prose breakfast, and the grand finale on Sunday at 17:00 at M/Darbnīca on Aristida Briana Street 9, Rīga.

The full program of events and their times and lcoations can be seen on the Prose Readings website.

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