Third Advent weekend in Rīga

The Christmassy events are growing in frequency and scale. Rīga municipality also invites residents and guests to pre-Christmas celebrations. Here is a guide of what to do in Rīga on the weekend of Third Advent.

December 15, 19:00: A concert 'Caleidoscope of Snowflakes' at the concert hall Ave Sol (Citadeles Street 7) with traditional kokle and vocal music of several Latvian and foreign composers.

December 16, at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00: The Rīga Art Nouveau Center (Alberta Street 12) offers a "Musical salon of Art Nouveau Christmas atmosphere" with flute and piano accompaniment.

December 16, at 18:00: The concert hall Ave Sol (Citadeles Street 7) will hold a concert "A Prayer on Christmas Eve" with Latvian composers' pieces in focus.

December 17:

A 'Quintet of Santa Clauses' will perform at Ieriķu Street 43A from 11:30 to 12:00 and at Dzelzavas Street 72 from 12:30 to 13:00.

At 11:00, 14:00, and 16:00, the Rīga Art Nouveau Center offers a family event with puppet alley-cat Alberts and his tale of Christmas.

The Christmas garden “12 holy nights” will be open in the Riga Luther Church area, Torņakalna Street 5, from 13:00 to 16:00.

From 14:00 to 15:30 a children's play "Santa Claus's Mishaps" will be performed at the cultural center "Imanta" Great Hall (Anniņmuižas Boulevard 29)

At the culture center "Ziemeļblāzma" (Ziemeļblāzmas Street 36), a musical performance with a dixie band will take place 16:00 to 16:45.

At 18:00 the concert hall Ave Sol (Citadeles Street 7) will offer a Latvian composers' choir concert. Meanwhile, also at 18:00, at the New Gertrude Church, a concert "Lift us Up" will be performed, inspired my 16th -century music of Rome, Florence, and Rīga.

From 19:00 to 20:00 the Rīga Culture and Folk art center "Small Guild" (Amatu Street 3/5) an Advent themed concert with musicians Kristīne Pāže, Didzis Bardo and Krists Krūskops will take place.

The Third Advent events will conclude by charity concert "Angels over Latvia" in the Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums) at 19:30.

Christmas markets and Christmas lights

Festive markets in Esplanade, Doma Square, and Vidzeme market will also operate this week. In the decorated and illuminated merchant cottages of the Esplanade market, everyone will find gifts from a range of local artisan products, as well as enjoy a ride on a Ferris wheel.

One of the most joyful attractions you'll encounter at this year's Esplanade Christmas market is the “Kingdom of rabbits,” which attracts big and small passers-by. 

Until February, Riga boulevards and parks, the quiet center of the city, and the old town will be transformed into a light adventure. There will be a walkable “Christmas light trail” along the city's canal, similar to last year. 


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