The Riga Christmas Market is arguably the best and most popular in Latvia.
- Why? What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than drinking mulled wine and buying gifts in the city with the first documented Christmas tree.
- When? Late November 2017 - early January 2018
- Where? Cathedral Square, Riga
- Price: free entry but take plenty of money for food, drinks and gifts.
- Get there: Fly to Riga and use the trams to get around the city.
- Stay: Avalon Hotel is centrally located and has a great onsite restaurant that serves local and European cuisine
- #travioortip: Wear plenty of layers, Latvia is very cold in December.
It's said that the Latvian capital of Riga is the home of the first ever documented Christmas tree. Imagine a Christmas without a tree! Where would we put the presents? As such, we're assuming the Latvians are a Christmassy bunch and the Riga Christmas Market must be one of the best places to throw yourself into the festive spirit.
Found in the historic centre of Riga, the cathedral square plays host to the city's signature Christmas Market. It's a highly anticipated affair and runs from late November until early January attracting a wealth of visitors from across the country and beyond who come to experience the Latvian festivities.
Primarily this is a traditional Christmas Market but this particular market's setting in this age-old city gives it a magical feel, especially as night draws in when the glowing lights and decorations create an ambiance which hammers home the feeling of Christmas.
As always a varied selection of stalls will provide a number of festive goods with craft pieces like candlesticks in Latvian wood, Baltic amber jewellery and a selection of toys all proving popular. Feeling chilly? Pick up some woolly socks, a hat or a handmade scarf. You're sure to find a gift for all your loved ones at this Christmas market.
As for the food and drink, all your favourite festive treats will be available from mulled wine to roasted almonds as well as glazed gingerbread, sweet Latvian honey and a number of mouth-watering smoked meats.
As for the entertainment there will be concerts with live music and carol singers, plus a selection of workshops where visitors can get involved and interact with demonstrators, while kids can meet and greet the main man - Santa.
The December weather in Riga can drop below freezing so you'll have to make sure you wrap up warm; then again, it wouldn't feel like Christmas if it wasn't cold, or if there wasn't a tree for that matter; don't worry, there's one of those too obviously (this is the birthplace of the Christmas tree after all).
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