The first market has a big wooden tree topped with hearts. The lanterns have big candles in them. You can see their glow in the later pics when we returned after it was getting darker. I think this is my favorite tree with the geometric look, real candles flickering, and cluster of hearts shooting out of the top. It's a great design.
Obligatory pics of the cat house on the way to the main old town market.
Here's the big market. It's a good size with interesting stuff to check out along with plenty of mulled wine and Riga's famous Black Balsam alcohol. I wouldn't say it's huge but it's not small.
mulled wines in kettles feels more authentic
eating outside while below freezing? uh, no thanks.
this ice isn't melting outside
We had a late lunch and then circled back through the same two markets for pics with lights.
I wonder how often they have to replace the candles. They're go up pretty high!
A walk in the parks to see what might be going on there.
There's another market in Park Esplanāde and it has a rabbit village!
There's some lights around on the streets in the trees and hanging over some sidewalks. It's nice to add the festivity to the darker winter.
chilling in Riga