In recent years Riga has become an increasingly popular destination for New Year’s celebrations. Many of these ‘extra’ tourists at the end of December hail from St. Petersburg and Moscow, because Russians have lengthy holidays at this time of the year, Riga is fairly close and, of course, most Latvians have at least a rudimentary command of the Russian language. Lots of restaurants and hotels throw expensive parties that include a meal, a glass of sparkling wine and entertainment in the form of a local crooner and they tend to sell out quickly. That said, you should have no problem grabbing a drink at a local pub and you can also attend the free party (22:00 - 02:00) at 11.novembra krastmala next to the river in Old Riga, which will include a concert, DJs, food and drink stalls and fireworks at midnight. It may also interest you to know that all public transport will be free of charge on December 31 and January 1. For more New Year's events see What's On.