A freak early November blizzard left the Latvian capital blanketed in 20cm of the white stuff for nearly a week, but just as locals began strapping on their ski boots, the weather turned once again and everything melted leaving puddles and broken hearts in its watery wake. On the bright side, as we write these lines meteorologists are predicting that a blast of arctic air will soon descend on Riga, so skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters, bobsledders and even curlers might just have an opportunity to do their thing.
We, however, would love to experience a white Christmas in 2016, having been deprived of snow in December for the past few years. We just love the holiday season which lasts well into January in Riga due to the city’s large population of Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians, the latter of whom celebrate in the new year. For everything you need to know about the Yuletide season in Riga including Christmas markets, holiday concerts, shopping tips and other fun Christmas facts see our special feature. Riga In Your Pocket wishes its readers a Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017!