Christmas and New Year

Ringing in the New Year

Over 30,000 people will gather by the 11 November embankment in downtown Riga to ring in the New Year - 2018. The event program, with concerts and Dj performances, will begin considerably before midnight, and will continue after the New Year's eve fireworks show. It will also be possible to purchase tasty meals and beverages. For a warmer atmosphere, various fire objects will also be set-up, where people will be able to warm themselves up.

Christmas markets

Riga's Christmas markets welcome visitors from the First Advent until January 7. The two main Christmas markets - on Dome Square and Līvu Square - will certainly make sure of a festive atmosphere, including entertainment for for the children as well as the opportunity to purchase Christmas presents. Cold-weather and festive goodies will also be available - mulled wine and ginger-bread cookies, baked almonds, as well as a wide range of smoked meats. Visitors will also be able to acquaint themselves with Christmas traditions from various Latvian regions. At the Christmas market at Līvu Square, Santa Claus and his merry elves will be present, where the children will be able to recite their Christmas poems or make their own presents. For art lovers, it is advisable to visit the annual Jarmarka art fair, organized by students of the Latvian Academy of Art, where it is possible to purchase paintings from up and coming local artists, as well as a wide range of interior objects, clothing and other accessories.

The Way Through the Christmas Trees

It was in Riga, just over 500 years ago, where the first ever Christmas tree was set-up and decorated in market square. In honor of this event, each year Riga becomes the Christmas tree capital of the world - where over 40 different and creative art objects are set-up throughout the city. These modern-day Christmas tree surprises with their originality, as well as the variety of materials used, from light installations, to wood, glass, bricks and the use of warmth. Most of the ''trees'' are located in Old Town and the city center, and can easily be seen in combination with a tour around the city. 

Concerts

Christmas time is also a festive period for music lovers. The Latvian National Opera and Ballet will delight the audience with the most beautiful opera melodies in five New Year gala concerts at end-December. Meanwhile, at the Great Guild Hall, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra will perform concerts featuring music from Aida, Franz Lehar's Czardas, Kilar's cinema music, as well as polka and waltz from Johann Strauss. The annual concert cycle European Christmas will be a special treat for music lovers, featuring lively and festive music from Handel, Mozart, Bach and many other classical composers, as well as traditional Christmas songs and melodies in Jazz arrangements. Right after the New Year, the Latvian National Opera will feature performances of The Nutcracker ballet for the whole family.

All events

31 Dec

Outdoor events

New Year's Eve Fireworks and Celebration at the 11 November Embankment

31 Dec
Riga residents and guests are welcome to ring in the New Year at the November 11 Embankment. Visitors will be able to enjoy an extensive cultural program with performances by popular musicians and bands, as well as djs, followed by the New Year's Eve fireworks show. The perfect place for families and friends to celebrate the new year.

Lasīt vairāk

02 Dec - 07 Jan

Markets

Old Town Christmas Fair

02 Dec - 07 Jan
Christmas is approaching, and one of the signs testifying to this is the Old Town Christmas Fair with sweet-smelling mulled wine, roasted almonds, glittering glazed gingerbread and local handcraft. Visitors will have a chance to find their Christmas miracle here every day. Various concerts and workshops are on the programme, with Santa Claus entertaining kids and adults alike.

Lasīt vairāk

24 Nov - 07 Jan

Markets

Christmas Fair on Līvu Square

24 Nov - 07 Jan
Do you wish to return to the land of childhood? You are welcome to the Christmas fair on Līvu Square! The joyful sound of children's laughter, small bells of merry-go-rounds, fluffy snowflakes and the scent of spices, roasted nuts and almond will bring back the Christmas miracle from your childhood.

Lasīt vairāk

08 Dec - 14 Jan

Exhibitions

The way through the Christmas Trees 2017

08 Dec - 14 Jan
It was in Riga, just over 500 years ago, where the first ever Christmas tree was set-up and decorated in market square. In honor of this event, each year Riga becomes the Christmas tree capital of the world - where over 40 different and creative art objects are set-up throughout the city. These modern-day Christmas tree surprises with their originality, as well as the variety of materials used, from light installations, to wood, glass, bricks and the use of warmth.

Lasīt vairāk

11 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Concert "The Beginning"

11 Dec - 12 Dec
This timeless unity of charitable people will be celebrated at the K.K fon Stricka villa, where the audience will be able to experience the birth of a pleasant winterly mood. The vocal and instrumental music composed by Rihards Dubra, Pēteris Vasks and J. S. Bach, the graphic design and special effects of Māris Subačs, which will be converted into a video format by -8 (Andris Vētra), and the voice of Varis Piņķis will create a unique atmosphere in both time and place.

Lasīt vairāk

12 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Concert "The Beginning"

11 Dec - 12 Dec
This timeless unity of charitable people will be celebrated at the K.K fon Stricka villa, where the audience will be able to experience the birth of a pleasant winterly mood. The vocal and instrumental music composed by Rihards Dubra, Pēteris Vasks and J. S. Bach, the graphic design and special effects of Māris Subačs, which will be converted into a video format by -8 (Andris Vētra), and the voice of Varis Piņķis will create a unique atmosphere in both time and place.

Lasīt vairāk

13 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. Raimonds Pauls and Latvian Radio Bigband

13 Dec
Participating: Raimonds Pauls (piano), Kristīne Prauliņa (vocal), Dināra Rudane (vocal), Ralfs Eilands (vocal), Intars Busulis (vocal) and Latvian Radio Bigband. Program: Music from Raimonds Pauls.

Lasīt vairāk

15 Dec

Events in Sigulda

Winter concert hall at Sigulda Station square

15 Dec - 26 Dec
Creating a special festive atmosphere, the Christmas holiday season in Sigulda will be full of various activities - festive markets, creative workshops, as well as music concerts performed by both amateurs and professional musicians. In the heart of the city - Sigulda Rail Station square - a special winter concert hall full of magic and surprises will be open for the second year in a row, where any visitor will be able to enjoy the festive atmosphere free-of-charge.

Lasīt vairāk

15 Dec - 28 Jan

Riga Zoo

Winter Nights at Riga Zoo

15 Dec - 28 Jan
In the darkest time of the year, Riga Zoo is holding the annual Winter Nights giving you a chance to visit the area late at night, walk through the lit up paths and view the animal enclosures.

Lasīt vairāk

15 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. A concert performance Novecento

15 Dec
The same world-famous Italian author and philosopher Alessandro Baricco (1958) who studies glass castles, silk and Homer, during his early years has much though about music and even wrote books about it. Baricco is erudite, rather provocative and even a bit quarrelsome. He loves tangled ideas and always tries to purify the objects that he is studying from trivial assumptions.

Lasīt vairāk

16 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Advent Concert

16 Dec
Concert performed by the Riga St John's Church congregation choir, as well as the Resonare Riga ensemble. Ilze Reine performing on the organ. Program - J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, as well as works by Latvian composers.

Lasīt vairāk

16 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Christmas Prelude

16 Dec
Christmas Eve is that magic time of the year when you want to share joy and beauty with friends. Following tradition, the Inessa Galante Foundation is preparing for listeners a special musical gift – a brilliantly inspired Christmas Prelude concert program by the Latvian soprano Inese Galante with the participation of well-known Latvian and foreign musicians.

Lasīt vairāk

16 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. Mendelssohn's Overture and Mozart's Prague Symphony

16 Dec
This is the third meeting of Sinfonietta Riga and the exuberant German Christoph Poppen; the brilliant violinist, also a gifted pedagogue, lately more often has been seen with a conductor's baton, performing with orchestras from Europe, the US and Asia. His belief in music's power to make the world a better place perfectly suits the spirit of the Christmas season as well as this program, which includes Mendelssohn's dreamy portrait of the beautiful Melusine, Mozart's effervescent Prague Symphony and Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral, written for the “Irishman with the golden flute" James Galway. Coincidentally, Galway is one of the masters with whom the Latvian flutist Dita Krenberga, the concert's soloist, once studied.

Lasīt vairāk

17 Dec

Outdoor events

Winter Solstice. Yule Log Eve

17 Dec
The winter solstice arrives at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum with songs, games, rituals, fortune-telling and well-wishes.

Lasīt vairāk

20 Dec

Outdoor events

Bluķa vilkšana ritual in Rigas Old Town

20 Dec
The traditional celebration of winter solstice will take place in Riga's Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums), featuring singsongs by folklore ensembles, dances and games, as well as the rolling of the Yule log (Bluķa vilkšana).

Lasīt vairāk

20 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

20 Dec - 30 Dec
"Yarmarka" at the Art Academy of Latvia - a student exhibition, fair and charity event - is one of the most colorful events in visual arts. At the fair, visitors can see and purchase artworks created by more than 300 young artists - paintings, environment and design objects, jewelry, garments and various other pieces of art. "Yarmarka" is an opportunity for the students to display their works to a wider public and earn additional money, part of which is donated for the renovation of the Art Academy of Latvia building. For the visitors, this is an opportunity to buy original pieces of art whose value will only increase in time.

Lasīt vairāk

21 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

20 Dec - 30 Dec
"Yarmarka" at the Art Academy of Latvia - a student exhibition, fair and charity event - is one of the most colorful events in visual arts. At the fair, visitors can see and purchase artworks created by more than 300 young artists - paintings, environment and design objects, jewelry, garments and various other pieces of art. "Yarmarka" is an opportunity for the students to display their works to a wider public and earn additional money, part of which is donated for the renovation of the Art Academy of Latvia building. For the visitors, this is an opportunity to buy original pieces of art whose value will only increase in time.

Lasīt vairāk

21 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. Perpetuum Ritmico Christmas

21 Dec
Musicians: Guntars Freibergs, percussion; Elvijs Endelis, percussion; Mikus Bāliņš, percussion; Guntis Kuzma, clarinet; Dace Zālīte, cello; Līga Griķe, kokle. Programme: New opuses by Madara Pētersone and Jēkabs Nīmanis, as well as music by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel and David Lang.

Lasīt vairāk

22 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

20 Dec - 30 Dec
"Yarmarka" at the Art Academy of Latvia - a student exhibition, fair and charity event - is one of the most colorful events in visual arts. At the fair, visitors can see and purchase artworks created by more than 300 young artists - paintings, environment and design objects, jewelry, garments and various other pieces of art. "Yarmarka" is an opportunity for the students to display their works to a wider public and earn additional money, part of which is donated for the renovation of the Art Academy of Latvia building. For the visitors, this is an opportunity to buy original pieces of art whose value will only increase in time.

Lasīt vairāk

23 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Dec - 04 Feb
The setting of the ballet is Riga in the late nineteenth century. The atmosphere of the day is conjured up by the city's ancient streets, Art Nouveau interiors, plant motifs, and effective contrasts: it's winter outside, but inside, flowers are blooming. Christmas-tree decorations and toys come to life, and Maria's dreams begin to come true. Everything happens exactly as befits Christmas Eve, though the tone is set by the rules and forms of classical ballet.

Lasīt vairāk

23 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Riga Jazz at Christmas time

23 Dec - 26 Dec
The "Riga" Orchestra Big Band extends an invitation for you to attend the Christmas time jazz concerts in Great Guild Hall.

Lasīt vairāk

25 Dec - 14 Jan

Outdoor events

Light reflections in the winter twilight

25 Dec - 14 Jan
In the middle of winter, the Open-Air Museum turns into a fairy tale land with illuminated buildings and rooms. As you look inside the window, you can see how Latvians used to live and celebrate festivities in winter. Moreover, this is a wonderful opportunity to be photographed in the sledge and dress up for the Latvian winter solstice, Ķekatas.

Lasīt vairāk

25 Dec

Concerts (shows)

Riga's Christmas Concert

25 Dec - 26 Dec
The concert features popular artists Elza Rozentāle, Andris Ērglis and Gunārs Kalnins, Riga Cathedral Girls' Choir, vocal group "Schola Cantorum Riga" and the festival orchestra. Conductors: Aira Birziņa and Rūdolfs Bērtiņš. The program includes music of the Christmas season: scores by Latvian composers and world-famous folk, ambient and ethno jazz pieces.

Lasīt vairāk

25 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. Sergejs Jēgers. Ave Maria

25 Dec
Ave Maria through the ages and through the eyes of composers of different times and ethnicities. And alongside these the second day of Christmas are filled with the sounds of baroque arias and instrumental opuses, Christmas chorales and traditional melodies. Sergejs Jēgers’ warm and gentle voice is interlaced with the grand sounds of the Riga Cathedral organ played by Diāna Jaunzeme-Portnaja, and sounds of string instruments...

Lasīt vairāk

26 Dec

Concerts (shows)

Riga's Christmas Concert

25 Dec - 26 Dec
The concert features popular artists Elza Rozentāle, Andris Ērglis and Gunārs Kalnins, Riga Cathedral Girls' Choir, vocal group "Schola Cantorum Riga" and the festival orchestra. Conductors: Aira Birziņa and Rūdolfs Bērtiņš. The program includes music of the Christmas season: scores by Latvian composers and world-famous folk, ambient and ethno jazz pieces.

Lasīt vairāk

26 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Riga Jazz at Christmas time

23 Dec - 26 Dec
The "Riga" Orchestra Big Band extends an invitation for you to attend the Christmas time jazz concerts in Great Guild Hall.

Lasīt vairāk

27 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

20 Dec - 30 Dec
"Yarmarka" at the Art Academy of Latvia - a student exhibition, fair and charity event - is one of the most colorful events in visual arts. At the fair, visitors can see and purchase artworks created by more than 300 young artists - paintings, environment and design objects, jewelry, garments and various other pieces of art. "Yarmarka" is an opportunity for the students to display their works to a wider public and earn additional money, part of which is donated for the renovation of the Art Academy of Latvia building. For the visitors, this is an opportunity to buy original pieces of art whose value will only increase in time.

Lasīt vairāk

27 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year Gala

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champagne. The most enchanting opera melodies and young musical stars.

Lasīt vairāk

27 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. Art-i-Shock Christmas

27 Dec
Musicians: Art-i-Shock: Agnese Egliņa, piano; Guna Šnē, cello; Elīna Endzele, percussion.

Lasīt vairāk

28 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

20 Dec - 30 Dec
"Yarmarka" at the Art Academy of Latvia - a student exhibition, fair and charity event - is one of the most colorful events in visual arts. At the fair, visitors can see and purchase artworks created by more than 300 young artists - paintings, environment and design objects, jewelry, garments and various other pieces of art. "Yarmarka" is an opportunity for the students to display their works to a wider public and earn additional money, part of which is donated for the renovation of the Art Academy of Latvia building. For the visitors, this is an opportunity to buy original pieces of art whose value will only increase in time.

Lasīt vairāk

28 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year Gala

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champagne. The most enchanting opera melodies and young musical stars.

Lasīt vairāk

28 Dec

Concerts (classical)

The LNSO New Year's Eve concert "The Golden Ratio"

28 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year's Eve concert starts off with Polish classical composer Stanisław Moniuszko's "Solemn Polonaise", followed by an excerpt from Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida", dreamy and moving film music by Wojciech Kilar and a whirlwind of Johann Strauss' timeless polkas and waltzes. A concert like champagne!

Lasīt vairāk

29 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

20 Dec - 30 Dec
"Yarmarka" at the Art Academy of Latvia - a student exhibition, fair and charity event - is one of the most colorful events in visual arts. At the fair, visitors can see and purchase artworks created by more than 300 young artists - paintings, environment and design objects, jewelry, garments and various other pieces of art. "Yarmarka" is an opportunity for the students to display their works to a wider public and earn additional money, part of which is donated for the renovation of the Art Academy of Latvia building. For the visitors, this is an opportunity to buy original pieces of art whose value will only increase in time.

Lasīt vairāk

29 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year Gala

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champagne. The most enchanting opera melodies and young musical stars.

Lasīt vairāk

29 Dec

Concerts (classical)

The LNSO New Year's Eve concert "The Golden Ratio"

28 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year's Eve concert starts off with Polish classical composer Stanisław Moniuszko's "Solemn Polonaise", followed by an excerpt from Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida", dreamy and moving film music by Wojciech Kilar and a whirlwind of Johann Strauss' timeless polkas and waltzes. A concert like champagne!

Lasīt vairāk

29 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year's Eve concert with Melo-M and its Mega Orchestra

29 Dec
Preparing for their annual end-of-year mega concert, the Latvian cellist trio Melo-M has gathered over 50 cellists of all ages and from all over the country in its cello collective, which has been called the Melo-M Mega Orchestra.

Lasīt vairāk

29 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. J.S.Bach Christmas Oratorio

29 Dec
The Bach oratorio meant for the coming of the child of Christ, just like his "passions" at Easter, has become a mandatory part of the holiday season, filling up concert halls and places of worship all over Europe.

Lasīt vairāk

30 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

20 Dec - 30 Dec
"Yarmarka" at the Art Academy of Latvia - a student exhibition, fair and charity event - is one of the most colorful events in visual arts. At the fair, visitors can see and purchase artworks created by more than 300 young artists - paintings, environment and design objects, jewelry, garments and various other pieces of art. "Yarmarka" is an opportunity for the students to display their works to a wider public and earn additional money, part of which is donated for the renovation of the Art Academy of Latvia building. For the visitors, this is an opportunity to buy original pieces of art whose value will only increase in time.

Lasīt vairāk

30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

New Year Gala

27 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year Gala concerts at the Latvian National Opera sparkle like Champagne. The most enchanting opera melodies and young musical stars.

Lasīt vairāk

30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

The LNSO New Year's Eve concert "The Golden Ratio"

28 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year's Eve concert starts off with Polish classical composer Stanisław Moniuszko's "Solemn Polonaise", followed by an excerpt from Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida", dreamy and moving film music by Wojciech Kilar and a whirlwind of Johann Strauss' timeless polkas and waltzes. A concert like champagne!

Lasīt vairāk

31 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Concert "Bidding the Year Goodbye with Organ Sounds"

31 Dec
Concerts "Bidding the Year Goodbye with Organ Sounds" have become a tradition of Riga Dome Cathedral, inviting to find time for moments of peace and contemplation at the end of the year in the sonorous vaults of the Dome Cathedral.

Lasīt vairāk

31 Dec

Events in Sigulda

Ringing in the New Year event in Sigulda

31 Dec
Various thrilling events will be held in Sigulda Region to ring in the New Year. One of them will take place at the square outside Sigulda Rail Station, where the regional government invites all to participate in a gathering on New Year's eve, where participants will also be able to enjoy festive cake and mulled wine.

Lasīt vairāk

01 Jan

Events in Jūrmala

Hullabaloo/Jampadracis Latvian style

01 Jan
One and all can freely participate in contests, cast pieces of tin in cold water for fortune-telling fun, put on a mask and join the mummers on parade. Or how about archery, bean-bag jumping, ceramics or sculpting workshops, decorations for the XMAS tree. Take the chill off a one of the bonfires. Hot beverages will be served.

Lasīt vairāk

03 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Dec - 04 Feb
The setting of the ballet is Riga in the late nineteenth century. The atmosphere of the day is conjured up by the city's ancient streets, Art Nouveau interiors, plant motifs, and effective contrasts: it's winter outside, but inside, flowers are blooming. Christmas-tree decorations and toys come to life, and Maria's dreams begin to come true. Everything happens exactly as befits Christmas Eve, though the tone is set by the rules and forms of classical ballet.

Lasīt vairāk

07 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Dec - 04 Feb
The setting of the ballet is Riga in the late nineteenth century. The atmosphere of the day is conjured up by the city's ancient streets, Art Nouveau interiors, plant motifs, and effective contrasts: it's winter outside, but inside, flowers are blooming. Christmas-tree decorations and toys come to life, and Maria's dreams begin to come true. Everything happens exactly as befits Christmas Eve, though the tone is set by the rules and forms of classical ballet.

Lasīt vairāk

20 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Dec - 04 Feb
The setting of the ballet is Riga in the late nineteenth century. The atmosphere of the day is conjured up by the city's ancient streets, Art Nouveau interiors, plant motifs, and effective contrasts: it's winter outside, but inside, flowers are blooming. Christmas-tree decorations and toys come to life, and Maria's dreams begin to come true. Everything happens exactly as befits Christmas Eve, though the tone is set by the rules and forms of classical ballet.

Lasīt vairāk

04 Feb

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Dec - 04 Feb
The setting of the ballet is Riga in the late nineteenth century. The atmosphere of the day is conjured up by the city's ancient streets, Art Nouveau interiors, plant motifs, and effective contrasts: it's winter outside, but inside, flowers are blooming. Christmas-tree decorations and toys come to life, and Maria's dreams begin to come true. Everything happens exactly as befits Christmas Eve, though the tone is set by the rules and forms of classical ballet.

Lasīt vairāk