Christmas and New Year

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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 - 2019. 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 6. 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. 

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 Ravel’s Bolero and Berlioz’s Le carnaval romain, as well as heartwarming Neapolitan songs and splendid sonic patterns of Camille Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. 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.

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Christmas Fair on Līvu Square

23 Nov - 06 Jan

Markets

Christmas Fair on Līvu Square

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Old Town Christmas Fair

30 Nov - 06 Jan

Markets

Old Town Christmas Fair

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The way through the Christmas Trees 2018

07 Dec - 13 Jan

Exhibitions

The way through the Christmas Trees 2018

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

31 Dec

Outdoor events

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

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Ballet The Nutcracker

25 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

01 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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International Christmas Charity Bazaar

01 Dec

Markets

International Christmas Charity Bazaar

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Ballet The Nutcracker

01 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

02 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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First Advent concert

02 Dec

Concerts (classical)

First Advent concert

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Exhibition - Italian Christmas in Art Nouveau Atmosphere

07 Dec - 13 Jan

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Italian Christmas in Art Nouveau Atmosphere

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

08 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

09 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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Santa`s Fun Run

09 Dec

Outdoor events

Santa`s Fun Run

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European Christmas. Sinfonietta Rīga and Inga Kalna. The eternal Mozart

13 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. Sinfonietta Rīga and Inga Kalna. The eternal Mozart

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

15 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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Yarmarka

15 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

16 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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Ballet The Nutcracker

16 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

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Winter Nights at Riga Zoo

21 Dec - 27 Jan

Riga Zoo

Winter Nights at Riga Zoo

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Latvian Christmas. Log Night in Old Riga

21 Dec

Outdoor events

Latvian Christmas. Log Night in Old Riga

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

22 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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Winter Solstice. Yule Log Eve

22 Dec

Outdoor events

Winter Solstice. Yule Log Eve

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Concert - Christmas is Just Around the Corner

22 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Concert - Christmas is Just Around the Corner

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Christmas Rhapsody

22 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Christmas Rhapsody

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Iļģi - winter solstice night concert

22 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Iļģi - winter solstice night concert

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

23 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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Ballet The Nutcracker

23 Dec

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

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Riga's Christmas Concert

25 Dec

Concerts (shows)

Riga's Christmas Concert

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European Christmas. Sergejs Jēgers. Ave Maria

25 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. Sergejs Jēgers. Ave Maria

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Riga's Christmas Concert

26 Dec

Concerts (shows)

Riga's Christmas Concert

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Operetta New Year's concert À Paris at VEF Culture Palace

26 Dec

Christmas and New Year

Operetta New Year's concert À Paris at VEF Culture Palace

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Christmas Rhapsody

26 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Christmas Rhapsody

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Yarmarka

27 Dec

Markets

Yarmarka

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Operetta New Year's concert À Paris at VEF Culture Palace

27 Dec

Christmas and New Year

Operetta New Year's concert À Paris at VEF Culture Palace

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New Year Gala at the Opera

27 Dec

Opera, Ballet

New Year Gala at the Opera

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New Year Gala at the Opera

28 Dec

Opera, Ballet

New Year Gala at the Opera

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Latvian National Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert

28 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert

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European Christmas. J.S.Bach Christmas Oratorio

28 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. J.S.Bach Christmas Oratorio

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

29 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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Light reflections in the winter twilight

29 Dec - 13 Jan

Outdoor events

Light reflections in the winter twilight

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New Year Gala at the Opera

29 Dec

Opera, Ballet

New Year Gala at the Opera

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Latvian National Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert

29 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert

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Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

30 Dec

Markets

Christmas fair at Kalnciema Quarter

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Operetta New Year's concert À Paris at Ziemeļblāzma

30 Dec

Christmas and New Year

Operetta New Year's concert À Paris at Ziemeļblāzma

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New Year Gala at the Opera

30 Dec

Opera, Ballet

New Year Gala at the Opera

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Latvian National Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert

30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert

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Concert "Bidding the Year Goodbye with Organ Sounds"

31 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Concert "Bidding the Year Goodbye with Organ Sounds"

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Ballet The Nutcracker

03 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

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Ballet The Nutcracker

13 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

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Ballet The Nutcracker

20 Jan

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Nutcracker

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