Thinking of spending Christmas in Riga 2011? You have chosen the perfect time to visit!
Where was the first Christmas tree decorated? You will probably guess Germany or Holland. The answer is actually Riga. Riga, in December 2011, is celebrating 501 years since the first Christmas tree was decorated anywhere in the world, right here in the Latvian capital!
To commemorate this very special Christmas Riga event we have put together a very special Christmas package:
Celebrating 501 years of the Riga Christmas tree.
This wonderful excursion begins with a visit to several of Riga's atmospheric Christmas markets. Here you will get the opportunity to buy some quality handmade Latvian goods and enjoy a glass or two of hot Latvian Christmas wine.
Next we visit Riga's famous Christmas shop – open 52 weeks per year – before stopping off at the spot where it is believed the first Christmas tree in the world was decorated in 1510.
By then you will have built up a decent appetite and it is the perfect time to enjoy a Traditional 500-year-old Christmas dinner. The ingredients are the same as those that would have been used 500 years ago, while the setting is one of the most atmospheric and 'Christmassy' you could possibly wish for.
Once you have refuelled with food and drink it is time to discover how Lutherans and the Russian Orthodox community celebrate Christmas. You will visit the Lutheran and Russian Orthodox cathedrals where our expert Riga guide will tell you about the history of the cathedrals and religion in Riga, as well as telling you how locals of all faiths celebrate the Christmas period.
The tour ends with a Winter Wonderland tour through Riga's most atmospheric hidden corners, cobbled streets and parks where the Christmas spirit is well and truly alive.
You won't have experienced anything quite as Christmassy as this anywhere else in the world!
Christmas markets tour – Glu wein – Christmas shop visit – Visit to the site of first Christmas tree – Winter Wonderland excursion – Traditional 500-year-old Christmas dinner – Discover the Lutheran and Russian Orthodox Christmas