This year as each year December and the beginning of January are the Christmas markets time. Catholic Christmas is over, but there is some time left until New Year’s eve.
Many people make presents exactly on the New Year’s eve, making warm wishes and passing gifts to family members and friends. For the sake of different confessions and customs the Christmas markets in Riga are still on.
Expats in Riga magazine names just several of them, which are the largest ones.
1. Christmas market at Domina shopping centre. It works from 14th until 30th of December. The working hours usually comply with the working hours of this shopping centre, but may slightly vary.
2. Christmas market at Alfa shopping centre. This market works outside the shopping premises, near the new entrance, in Alfa’s yard. So get prepared to be warmly dressed. The market is open form 12th of December until 12th, daily, from 10:00 until 20:00.
3. The most famous market is the annual Christmas market on the Dome Square. It is organised as an openair market with the working hours form 10:00 until 20:00 (on Friday and Saturday it is open until 22:00). The market is open since 30th of November and will be open until 8th of January.
4. The last but
not least is the Christmas market at Esplanāde. This is also
an open air market, besides various souvenirs offering various family attractions.
It is open every day, since 1st of December until 7th of January, from 11:00
Happy winter holidays!