Festive events over Christmas in Rīga

Rīga has been offering a wide range of festivities throughout December, and there are still plenty to come over the weekend before Christmas and during the Christmas holidays.

Here is a summary of Rīga municipality-organized events for the coming days.

December 22

15:00: A Christmas market will open at Vidzemes Market (Brīvības Street 90).

15:00: A "Sparkling Christmas ball" concert takes place at Imanta Market. The concert features opera singer Ilona Bagele and Vairis Nartišs' "Orchestra of Joy". The same concert takes place December 23 at 15:00 at the Āgenskalns Market and December 24 at 15:00 at the Rīga Central Market.

16:00: A musical performance with a dixie band will take place at the Ziedoņdārzs park.

19:00: The concert hall Ave Sol (Citadeles Street 7) will host a vocal ensemble concert "I will ask the white angel".

20:30: The youth choir "Balsis" concert "Es paliku" ("I stayed") will be performed at the St. Mary Magdalene Church in the Old Town. The same concert will be held on December 23 at 20:30 and December 25 at 20:30.

December 24–26:

On December 24, 11:30 at Bastejkalns Hill and 12:30 at Vērmanes Garden, a quintet of Santa Clauses will perform a "Christmas Music Miracle".

On December 25, a concert "Christmas Feeling" will be held at the Great Guild (Amatu Street 7).

December 26, 16:00 will see a concert "Jubilate, stars!" with singer Marija Naumova at the culture center "Imanta".

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. 

Between December 23 and January 7, there will be various film screenings for children with free entrance at the cinema K Suns.


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