What Events and Activities are on this December in Riga? Below is a list provided by Live Riga to help you find the perfect way to spend your time in the City.

It should be noted that although many events are listed here, there are always new events and things to do that pop up throughout Riga. We try our best to publish the events that are important to us, so keep an eye on our blog for up to date information. Especially for alternative music events.

EVENTS IN RIGA DECEMBER 2011
When? Where? What? How much?
10:00-20:00 Dome Square, Līvu Square, Esplanade Christmas Fair For free
From 2.12. In Riga Path of Christmas Trees For free
From 21.12. Bastion hill Ice Sculpture park „Magic Ice Riga” – place where dreams meet
4th of December, Sunday
12:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) In the Realm of Lions 1.00-15.00 Ls
15:00*
15:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “Anna Karenina” SOLD OUT!
18:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) Kokle music festival „Gaismas ceļā” 3.00 Ls
21:00 New St. Gertrude’s Church (Brīvības iela 119) Christmas oratorio „Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi” For free
5th of December, Monday
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) The ballet troupe of the Bashkir opera and Ballet theatre, ballet “Swan lake” 10.00-40.00 Ls
19:30* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Dinamo (Riga) vs. Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) 2.00-60.00 Ls
6th of December, Tuesday
19:00 The Small Guild (Amatu iela 5) International Bach Chamber Music Festival. Ricercar Consort 5.00-15.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) The ballet troupe of the Bashkir opera and Ballet theatre, ballet “Romeo & Juliet” 10.00-40.00 Ls
7th of December, Wednesday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Opera “Don Giovanni” 3.00-15.00 LS
19:00 The Small Guild (Amatu iela 5) Concert dedicated to the International Volunteer Day.  Youth rock-symphonic orchestra “Kazanovas orķestris” For free!
19:30* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Dinamo (Riga) vs. Ak Bars (Kazan) 3.00-60.00 Ls
21:00 Folk-club “Ala pagrabs” (Smilšu iela 16) Dance evening For free
8th of December, Thursday
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “The Nutcracker” 3.00-5.00, 8.00-11.00 Ls
19:30* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Rock-music band “Time machine” (Russia) 12.00-60.00 Ls
19:30 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) Beethoven and Šimkus. European Christmas SOLD OUT!
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Bon Ton” 15.00, 20.00 Ls
9th of December, Friday
18:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) In the Realm of Lions 1.00-15.00 Ls
18:30 Torņkalna Church (Torņakalna iela 3/5) Youth choir “Kamēr” presentation concert “O Salutaris” 2.00-5.00 Ls
19:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Concert 5.00-10.00 Ls
19:00* Riga Congress Centre (K.Valdemāra iela 5) Moscow days in Riga. Vadim Eilenkrig Jazz Quintet 2.50-5.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Opera “Madame Butterfly” 3.00-18.00 Ls
19:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) Iberia.  The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra 18.00-35.00  Ls
19:30* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Dinamo (Riga) vs. Neftekhimik (Nizhnekamsk) 3.00-60.00 Ls
20:00* St. John’s Church (Jāņa ielā 7) Concert „Night prayer” 4.00-25.00 Ls
21:00 Folk-club “Ala pagrabs” (Smilšu iela 16) Folk-evening For free
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Bon Ton” 15.00, 20.00 Ls
10th of December, Saturday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
12:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) In the Realm of Lions 1.00-15.00 Ls
15:00*
16:00* Riga Congress Centre (K.Valdemāra iela 5) Intars Busulis – Kaunas Big Band – Frank Sinatra Show 8.00-18.00 Ls
19:00* 9.00-18.00 Ls
19:00 Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) A concert of St. Lucia’s day 5.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “The Nutcracker” SOLD OUT!
19:30 Spikeri Concert Hall (Maskavas iela 4/1) Wine and Music 15.00 Ls
20:00 Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Concert of Latvian band Instrumenti – “Tru” 15.00- 30.00 Ls
19:30* Splendid palace (Elizabetes iela 61) RĪGAS RITMI 2011 – Les Voice Messengers (France) 20.00-25.00 Ls
11th of December, Sunday
12:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) In the Realm of Lions 1.00-15.00 Ls
15:00*
16:00 St. Peter’s Church (Skārņu iela 19) Advent Sunday Concert For free
17:00 The Small Guild (Amatu iela 5) Concert „Awaited with peace” For free
17:00* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Dinamo (Riga) vs. Vityaz (Chekhov) 3.00-60.00 Ls
18:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) European Christmas.  Mozart’s Symphony and Bach’s Concertos SOLD OUT!
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “The Nutcracker” SOLD OUT!
19:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert of the 3rd Advent Sunday 5.00-10.00 Ls
12th of December, Monday
19:00 Torņkalna Church (Torņakalna iela 3/5) Concert “The World in Christmas Colours” 3.00 Ls
13th of December, Tuesday
19:00* Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) „I Musici di Roma” (Italy) 20.00-50.00 Ls
14th of December, Wednesday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
18:00 Riga Congress Centre (Kr. Valdemāra iela 5) Musical tale „The Snow Queen” 6.00-10.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “The Lady of the Camellias” 3.00-6.00, 18.00 Ls
19:00* The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) Concert “Dedication to Liszt” 5.00-20.00 Ls
21:00 Folk-club “Ala pagrabs” (Smilšu iela 16) Dance evening For free
15th of December, Thursday
18:00 Riga Congress Centre (Kr. Valdemāra iela 5) Musical tale „The Snow Queen” 5.00-10.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Opera “Eugene Onegin” SOLD OUT!
19:30 Spikeri Concert Hall (Maskavas iela 4/1) Chamber Music in Spīķeri. Schubert’s Music 7.00 Ls
19:30* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Toto Cutugno with Symphonic orchestra 12.00-40.00 Ls
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Secrets of Burlesque” 15.00, 20.00 Ls
16th of December, Friday
16:00 Cultural Centre “Ritums” (Jauniela 29) Charity concert „Rivalry between light and darkness” For free
18:00 Riga Congress Centre (Kr. Valdemāra iela 5) Musical tale „The Snow Queen” 6.00-10.00 Ls
18:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) In the Realm of Lions 1.00-15.00 Ls
19:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ Music concert “Nāc Tu, ļaužu Pestītājs” 5.00-10.00 Ls
19:00* RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design (Ūdens iela 6) Von Krahl theatre (EE) with the play “Idiots” (ET/LV) 5.00-7.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “The Bright Stream” 3.00-15.00 Ls
19:30 Ķīpsala International Exposition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8.) 30th International Sport-dance festival: Baltic Grand Prix 2011 5.00 Ls
21:00 Folk-club “Ala pagrabs” (Smilšu iela 16) Folk-evening For free
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Secrets of Burlesque” SOLD OUT!
17th of December, Saturday
12:00 Art Museum Riga Bourse (Doma laukums 6) Christmas concert: E. Zagorska and K. Anitens 5.00-12.00 Ls
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
12:00 Riga Congress Centre (Kr. Valdemāra iela 5) Musical tale „The Snow Queen” 5.00-10.00 Ls
15:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Chinese State Circus with programme „Golden Dragon” 1.00-17.00 Ls
16:00 Art Museum Riga Bourse (Doma laukums 6.) Gunārs Kalniņš and gospel choir GG Choir 8.00, 15.00-20.00 Ls
17:00 Cultural Centre Ritums (Jauniela 29) Charity Concert „In a snowy evening…” For free
17:00 Riga Congress Centre (Kr. Valdemāra iela 5) Musical tale „The Snow Queen” 6.00-10.00 Ls
18:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Chinese State Circus with programme „Golden Dragon” 1.00-17.00 Ls
19:00 Art Museum Riga Bourse (Doma laukums 6) Gunārs Kalniņš and gospel choir GG Choir 8.00-20.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Recital of Egils Siliņš SOLD OUT!
19:00 Ķīpsala International Exposition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8.) 30th International Sport-dance festival: Baltic Grand Prix 2011 7.00-9.00 Ls
19:30 St. John’s Church (Jāņa ielā 7) European Christmas. Voices of Angels SOLD OUT!
18th of December, Sunday
12:00 Riga Congress Centre (Kr. Valdemāra iela 5) Musical tale „The Snow Queen” 6.00-8.00 Ls
12:00 Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum (Brīvības gatve 440) Winter Solstice. Yule Log Night 2011 0.50-1.50 Ls
12:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Chinese State Circus with programme „Golden Dragon” 1.00-17.00 Ls
12:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “The Nutcracker” SOLD OUT!
14:00 Riga Latvian Society House (Merķeļa iela 13) Concert „Christmas Miracle” 1.00 Ls
15:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Chinese State Circus with programme „Golden Dragon” 1.00-17.00 Ls
17:00 Riga Congress Centre (Kr. Valdemāra iela 5) Musical tale „The Snow Queen” 5.00-10.00 Ls
17:00 The Small Guild (Amatu iela 5) Anniversary concert of Men’s choir „Frachori” and Guntars Ruņģis: „Gods Dievam augstībā” For free
18:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “The Nutcracker” 3.00 Ls
19:00 Ķīpsala International Exposition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8.) 30th International Sport-dance festival: Baltic Grand Prix 2011 6.00-8.00 Ls
19th of December, Monday
18:00* Concert hall „Palladium” (Marijas iela 21, entrance from Pērses iela) Kristian Smed and Von Krahl theatre  “12 karamazovi” 7.00-10.00 Ls
18:30 The Small Guild (Amatu iela 5) Children vocal-group „Kolibri” For free
19:00 Matthew Church(Matīsa iela 50b) Concert „Even closer” For donations
19:30* Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Al Di Meola World Sinfonia 15.00-50.00 Ls
20th of December, Tuesday
19:00 Concert Hall „Ave Sol” (Citadeles iela 7) Concert „During Christmas time” 1.00 Ls
19:00 The Small Guild (Amatu iela 5) Advent concert „Touch of an Angel” For free
19:00 Splendid palace (Elizabetes iela 61) Band from Latgale “Baltie lāči” with Christmas programme “Balto lāču Ziemas pasaka” 5.00-10.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Opera “Turandot” 3.00-18.00 Ls
21st of December, Wednesday
Bastion Hill Ice Sculpture park „Magic Ice Riga” – place where dreams meet For free
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
19:00* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Cirque Du Soleil „Saltimbanco” 7.00- 35.00 Ls
19:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) „Toy Symphony” Free with invitations
19:00 Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Concert “Wake Up in Christmas” 5.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “A Midsummer Night Dream” 3.00-18.00 Ls
19:30 St. Peter’s Church (Skārņu iela 19) Concert „O Magnum Mysterium” For free
20:00 Concert hall „Palladium” (Marijas iela 21, entrance from Pērses iela) Concert of Latvian band PeR “Go Get Up” 7.00, 8.00 Ls
21:00 Folk-club “Ala pagrabs” (Smilšu iela 16) Dance evening For free`
22nd of December, Thursday
18:00 National Museum of Art exhibition space “Arsenāls” (Torņa ielā 1) Concert „Veni, Emmanuel!” Free with invitations
19:00* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Cirque Du Soleil „Saltimbanco” 7.00-35.00 Ls
19:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) „Toy Symphony” Free with invitations
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Opera “La Traviata” 3.00-18.00 Ls
19:00 New St. Gertrude’s Church (Brīvības iela 119) Concert “Christmas Close to You” 4.00 Ls
19:30 Spikeri Concert Hall (Maskavas iela 4/1) European Christmas. Concert „Christmas Story” 7.00 Ls
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Bon Ton” 15.00, 20.00 Ls
23rd of December, Friday
19:00 Concert Hall „Ave Sol” (Citadeles iela 7) Concert “Waiting for Christmas” 1.00 Ls
19:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert 5.00-10.00 Ls
19:00* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Cirque Du Soleil „Saltimbanco” 7.00-70.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Ballet “The Sleeping Beauty” 3.00, 4.00 Ls
21:00 Folk-club “Ala pagrabs” (Smilšu iela 16) Folk-evening For free`
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Bon Ton” 15.00, 20.00 Ls
24th of December, Saturday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
12:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Christmas Trees Birthday Celebration 1.00-15.00 Ls
15:00*
15:00 The House of Blackheads (Rātslaukums 7) Concert „It’s Christmas Eve” Free with invitations
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Bon Ton” 15.00, 20.00 Ls
25th of December, Sunday
13:00 The House of Blackheads (Rātslaukums 7) Concert „Let There Be Joy for You and Me!” Free with invitations
14:00 St. John’s Church (Jāņa ielā 7) Concert “A little white before…” (K. Zadovska and I. Pētersons) 6.00-10.00 Ls
17:00 Ķīpsala International Exposition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8.) Riga’s Christmas Concert 4.50-11.00 Ls
19:00 Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Sacred music concert „Svētīgā” 5.00-15.00 Ls
19:30 The Small Guild (Amatu iela 5) European Christmas. Concert „Christmas in Candle Lights” 5.00-10.00 Ls
26th of December, Monday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
12:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Christmas Trees Birthday Celebration 1.00-15.00 Ls
15:00*
18:00*
15:00* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Cirque Du Soleil „Saltimbanco” 7.00-70.00 Ls
19:00* 7.00-35.00 Ls
12:00 Riga Latvian Society House (Merķeļa iela 13) Christmas concert „Listen…” 1.00/3.00 Ls
13:00 Ķīpsala International Exposition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8.) Riga’s Christmas Concert 4.50-11.00 Ls
15:00 Concert Hall „Ave Sol” (Citadeles iela 7) Concert „Winter’s Dream” 1.00-2.00 Ls
15:00* Arena Riga (Skanstes iela 21) Ice show “Alice in the Wonderland” 5.00-20.00 Ls
18:00*
16:00 Torņkalna Church (Torņakalna iela 3/5) Concert “Christmas Close to You” 4.00 Ls
17:00 New St. Gertrude’s Church (Brīvības iela 119) Concert “World in Christmas colours” 3.00 Ls
18:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) Christmas concert. Andris Ābelīte and friends. 5.00-15.00 Ls
27th of December, Tuesday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
15:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Christmas Trees Birthday Celebration 1.00-15.00 Ls
19:00 The Small Guild (Amatu iela 5) Concert „Sparks of Melodies” 2.00 Ls
19:30 Spikeri Concert Hall (Maskavas iela 4/1) European Christmas. Concert „Winter Jazz” SOLD OUT!
28th of December, Wednesday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
15:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Christmas Trees Birthday Celebration 1.00-15.00 Ls
18:00 Riga Latvian Society House  (Merķeļa iela 13) Christmas concert „Joy for the world…” 1.00/2.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) New Year Gala 2011 SOLD OUT!
19:00* Riga Congress Centre (K.Valdemāra iela 5) Latvian cello trio Melo-M –  Ball of New year’s eve 5.00-30.00 Ls
19:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) LNSO New Year Gala SOLD OUT!
20:00 St. John’s Church (Jāņa ielā 7) European Christmas.  Vespers of Klaudio Monteverdi 4.00-12.00 Ls
21:00 St. Jacob’s Cathedral (Jēkaba iela 9) Rihards Dubra „Christmas Oratory”. Premiere. For free
21:00 Folk-club “Ala pagrabs” (Smilšu iela 16) Dance evening For free
29th of December, Thursday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
15:00* Riga Circus (Merķeļa iela 4) Christmas Trees Birthday Celebration 1.00-15.00 Ls
19:00* Riga Congress Centre (K.Valdemāra iela 5) Viktor Zinchuk “Wonderful guitar play of New Year” 8.00-25.00 Ls
19:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) LNSO New Year Gala SOLD OUT!
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Soloist Ainārs Mielavs and band “Pārcēlāji” 10.00-15.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) New Year Gala 2011 SOLD OUT!
20:00 Torņkalna Church (Torņkalna 3/5) European Christmas.  Bachs Suite and Hendels Ode 7.50 Ls
21:00 St. Jacob’s Cathedral (Jēkaba iela 9) Rihards Dubra „Christmas Oratory”. For free
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Secrets of Burlesque” 15.00, 20.00 LS
30th of December, Friday
12:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert (20 min) 5.00 Ls
12:00* Riga Circus Merķeļa iela 4) Christmas Trees Birthday Celebration 1.00-15.00 Ls
15:00*
12:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) New Year Gala 2011 SOLD OUT!
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) New Year Gala 2011 SOLD OUT!
19:00 The Great Guild (Amatu iela 6) LNSO New Year Gala 18.00, 25.00 Ls
19:00 Latvian National Opera (Aspazijas bulvāris 3) Soloist Ainārs Mielavs and band “Pārcēlāji” 10.00-15.00 Ls
19:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Organ music concert 5.00-10.00 Ls
19:30* Riga Congress Centre (K.Valdemāra iela 5) Harlem Gospel Choir 15.00-25.00 Ls
19:30 Torņkalna Church (Torņkalna 3/5) European Christmas.  Bachs Suite and Hendels Ode 10.00 Ls
21:00 Folk-club “Ala pagrabs” (Smilšu iela 16) Folk-evening For free
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Secrets of Burlesque” 15.00, 20.00 LS
31st of December, Saturday
16:00* Riga Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1) Concert “With Organ Sounds The Year Bids Farewell” 5.00-10.00 Ls
20:00* Concert hall „Palladium” (Marijas iela 21, entrance from Pērses iela) Austra 15.00 Ls
21:00 Bastion Hill New Years Eve celebration For free
22:00 Burlesque Club (Kaļķu iela 24) Cabaret Burlesque “Secrets of Burlesque” 15.00, 20.00 LS
22:00* Restaurant „Ribs & Rock” (Grēcinieku iela 8.) New Years Eve with band The Black Cats 15.00-25.00 Ls
22:00* Restaurant „Steiku Haoss” (Audēju iela 2) New Years Eve with Marcello Band and Line Dancing 15.00-25.00 Ls
22:00* Restaurant „Steiku Haoss” (Meistaru iela 25) New Years Eve with Valdis Indrišonoks and Line Dancing 20.00 -30.00 Ls
*Tickets can be bought at the main Tourist Information Centre in Blackhead’s House (Rātslaukums 6)