Christmas in Riga, Latvia, is magical!

Christmas has always been a big deal for me and my family.

There are so many people who fuss about the Christmas holidays and family get-togethers, but is there really any other time you really sit down with others for dinner and spend time together? Time is such a precious thing, especially for those who live abroad and can’t see their loved ones every day or at any time you would really like to.

That’s why I really love Christmas – to be with my family, to be able to gift them something that makes them happy. Giving gifts is not about giving something random just for the sake of giving, it’s actually paying a bit more attention to others and see what it is that could really put a smile on their face, it might even be some ridiculous small thing that you know the other person really wanted at some point during the year, so listen carefully and pay attention, don’t wait I until a week before Christmas and do the crazy stressful shopping with a million people on the shops doing the same.

A big or a small Christmas tree, what matters is the process of decorating it.

Christmas markets to get into the festive spirit

There are many beautiful European cities where to visit Christmas markets, but your should really consider going to Riga.

The old town is magical, and winter is special in Riga. The whole city is decorated with beautiful lights and there are usually many many Christmas trees all over, each one decorated in a different way.

The nicest Christmas feeling at the Riga Dome and its years Christmas market. Go have some hot spider or mulled wine, and try some sauerkraut and freshly cooked sausages.

The markets are a great way to spend some time out in the fresh air, get some local tasty food cooked on fire, like sauerkraut and sausages, and definitely try either the hot cider or our mulled wines from different fruit!

You’ll find the most intriguing artifacts on sale by the local artisans, like sheep wool slippers, glass jewelry, grandma’s knitted socks and scarves, wild animal fur, just the products you would really find in a cold northern country.

You won’t believe it but the best socks in wintertime are these ones!
Sauerkraut, pork, sausages… do you not get hungry just by looking at it?
And to keep you warm, get some mulled wine spiced up with some Rīgas Balzāms – a local historical liquor made from more than a hundred different heroes, roots and spices, but the recipe is still a secret!

Latvia is a spectacular country especially when taking about its breathtaking countryside, the lakes, the infinite green forests, it really is worth visiting. And never be afraid of visiting it in winter because of the cold weather, the Christmas markets, the lights, the decorations and hot cider will keep you warm, don’t worry about that!

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Graduate in Gastronomic Sciences, Q Arabica Grader, WSET L2 in wine. Obsessed with cooking new recipes, I love visiting producers and travel for food!

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