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Latvia: Christmas tree switch-on at opening of Riga’s festive fair

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The Christmas tree switch-on in Riga took place on Sunday, marking the opening of the Latvian capital’s traditional festive fair.

Footage shows locals strolling around Dome Square, which was decked out with Christmas lights, decorations and stalls. They were seen choosing gifts and souvenirs, sledging on a small hill and enjoying hot drinks and food to warm up. 

The Christmas market was open for the first time following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the city’s authorities said the event was celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“Until January 1 [2023], the market will feature more than 80 vendors, artisans, home makers and handicraftsmen who will offer Christmas gifts for your loved ones and delicious festive food and drinks,” their statement read.


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