Riga is hands down one of the most underrated capital cities in Europe, and those keen to experience it at its most magical should definitely look into visiting for Christmas Market season.
If you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Riga Christmas Market is like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of Riga Christmas Market, with official dates, hotel recommendations, photos & more.
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! If you have any personal tips from first-hand experience to add, let us know in the comments so we can improve this guide!
Riga Christmas Market Dates
Official Riga Christmas Market Website
For the most up-to-date information and announcements, be sure to visit the official Riga Christmas Market website.
Riga Christmas Market 2023 Hotels
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Riga Christmas Market Locations
Wondering where to find Riga’s Christmas Markets in a typical year? Here’s an overview:
Dome Square (Doma laukums)
In Doma laukums (Dome Square), you’ll find Riga’s best known Christmas market: the Old Riga Christmas Market, which is home to an enchanting ensemble of wooden huts, glittering lights, and a large central tree.
This is probably the best Riga Christmas Market to visit if you’re looking for the most typical ‘European Christmas Market’ experience, browsing through a maze of stalls while sipping on tasty mulled wine.
Līvu Square (Līvu laukums)
Just a short walk away from the Old Riga Christmas Market, you’ll find another cozy Riga Christmas Market at Līvu Square. This is another location where you’ll find cozy wooden stalls to explore, along with a unique Christmas tree made out of wooden planks.
Esplanade Park (Esplenāde)
Riga’s famous Esplanade Park is another place where you’ll find a fun small Christmas market to enjoy, with a few rows of stalls selling handicrafts and tasty treats, along with cute kid-friendly activities, including a little rabbit village.
More Photos from Riga Christmas Market
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7 thoughts on “Riga Christmas Market 2023 | Dates, Hotels & More!”
will there be christmas markets in riga this year?
I have been trying to find the answers for this too? It’s not looking very likely? I Cant find any info anywhere? All TBA or TBC.
I hope they are!!
Hi Princess, while no official statement has been made by the Riga Christmas Market’s organizers, a new state of emergency was declared in Latvia in mid-November that (according to this article), would mean Christmas markets are banned from November 15, 2021 – January 11, 2022. This means Xmas markets are unlikely, but no official cancellation has been issued yet as far as we know. We’ll update this post when we learn more! Hope that helps.
I would also like to know if any Christmas Markets will be taking place In Riga this year.
Surely planners know by now as they were due to open soon.
Hi Stuart, while no official statement has been made by the Riga Christmas Market’s organizers, a new state of emergency was declared in Latvia in mid-November that (according to this article), would mean Christmas markets are banned from November 15, 2021 – January 11, 2022. This means Xmas markets are unlikely, but no official cancellation has been issued yet as far as we know. We’ll update this post when we learn more! Hope that helps.
Any word on the Christmas markets? Are they going ahead or cancelled?
Hi Bernie, unfortunately the Riga Christmas Market team officially posted on their Facebook page yesterday that their 2021 event was cancelled. You can see the post here: https://www.facebook.com/RigaChristmasMarket/posts/1728782197311848?__cft__%5B0%5D=AZUeBJARrHEauZDpSlNCZADTXKjOAa4UWh0CF0CgDQFf3fC4T5NyQX_6uxwDFYisXcVNXDFdmrZQKnvO_3PyYHw11EkGb6VI9JuZ6OHsFrWBPNWdfPW1U0_w0w9vum_GBqlP3TdFWkoZSZEdVzhEwaaP&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!