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Christmas markets open in Riga on November 26

05.12.2011

The tempting smell of mulled wine and toasted almonds, shiny gingerbread cookies and items made by local craftsmen – the opening of Old Town’s Christmas market is one of the surest signs that Christmas is right around the corner.

The tempting smell of mulled wine and toasted almonds, shiny gingerbread cookies and items made by local craftsmen – the opening of Old Town’s Christmas market is one of the surest signs that Christmas is right around the corner.

From today until January 8, Christmas markets will begin work in Old Town Riga's Dome and Livu Squares, as well as in Esplanade Square.

The markets will be open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Special events and concerts will be organized at the markets every day, with Santa Claus also popping by every once in a while to greet the children.

Persons visiting the markets will be able to try and purchase a wide variety of traditional Latvian Christmas goodies, as well as hot mulled wine, coffee and tea to warm up. The markets are also excellent places to purchase presents for loved ones made by local craftsmen, either it be a pair of knitted mittens, or a wooden candlestick, there is something available for all tastes.

Many other popular items on sale at the markets include locally produced honey, traditional wool and knitwear, wooden toys, as well as items made of silver and amber.

Visitors will be able to get acquainted with various Latvian Christmas traditions at the markets, as well as taste traditional Christmas meals. On the other hand, people will be able to sing along to well-known Christmas melodies during the various concerts taking place throughout the day. Local folklore groups will also perform.

There will be activities and workshops also available for the little ones, including pony rides, a small petting zoo, as well as a Christmas post office for sending letters to Santa. Of course, Santa himself will make appearances at the market several times a day.

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