Three for the weekend in Latvia: history, lights and crafts

We've all had plenty of sitting around and eating and drinking over the holidays, so now it's time to get up, go out and do something active this weekend! Whether by yourself, with family or with friends, Latvia has plenty of events on offer this weekend. Here are a few fun activities you should definitely check out.

Historical Christmas Battles hike

While there are several commemorative events celebrating 100 years of the Latgale Independence Battles, it's also been 103 years since the Christmas Battles. They're significant not just to Latvian, but to European history as a whole. The 30 km front line stretched from Tīreļpurvs to Olaine and it was the first time Latvian national military units fought joined together in one division. Join the front line hike from the Benuži bus stop to the Ložmetējkalns bus stop on January 4 - signing up is required, and the suggested participation donation is 5 euros.

Winter Light Garden

You've never experienced the University of Latvia Botanical Garden like this before! This weekend is the last opportunity to enjoy a walk and admire 20 light installations by both experienced and new Latvian artists. Entrance is free for children under six years old, but for everyone else tickets are only 5 euros. Don't miss this chance to experience a “Colorful walk in a magical story”!

Silver jewellery workshop

Kalnciema Quarter has a traditional farmer and artisan market every Saturday, but on January 4 you can also sign up for a silver jewellry workshop with Silver Design. Get creative with a clay-like mass of silver and transform it into a personalized item for yourself, or a loved one. The workshop costs 30 euros and require you to sign up in advance. Your jewellery is ready to wear within 3 hours. Workshops are also held in English.

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