Riga, 24 November 2023 – As the winter winds sweep through the charming streets of Riga, an undeniable allure transforms this Latvian gem into a captivating holiday haven. This year, Riga’s Christmas Market has received a well-deserved accolade from European Best Destinations, securing its position as one of the premier European Christmas Markets of 2023.
Upon the opening of the Christmas Market on 3 December, the air is imbued with the irresistible scents of cinnamon and mulled wine, creating an atmosphere that truly embodies the holiday spirit. The market is not just a place to shop; it is a destination where authenticity meets enchantment. This unique blend has earned Riga prestigious titles, including the recognition as the Best Christmas Lights Destination 2023 and the Most Authentic Christmas Market in Europe 2023. The market’s festive atmosphere and genuine charm have truly set it apart on the European holiday scene.
Until 8 January 2024, Riga Christmas Market invites visitors to enjoy festive shopping and a diverse cultural programme. Guests can delight in traditional treats, such as mulled wine, gingerbread, and smoked meats, and explore Latvian handicrafts for unique Christmas gifts, from mittens and scarves to handmade candles and accessories. Amidst the festive aromas, Riga’s market offers an irreplaceable atmosphere, complemented by the city’s architecture, cultural richness, and distinctive cuisine.
In the heart of Old Riga’s enchanting festive setting stands Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, a symbol of luxury and hospitality that invites city guests to experience the holiday season in opulent style. Nestled just a short stroll away from the Christmas Market, this Grand Hotel not only boasts a prestigious location but also a festive atmosphere. Guests have the opportunity to indulge in a lavish stay and enjoy the hotel’s remarkable Festive Season programme with the aspiration of providing a captivating ambiance for holiday celebrations.
At Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, festive activities start on 1 December with the beloved annual Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony, where Santa Claus himself graces the occasion with festive songs, gingerbread treats, and warm hot chocolate. It is a tradition cherished by guests and locals alike, setting the stage for a season filled with warmth and amazement.
For those looking to unwind during the holiday rush, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga offers an oasis of relaxation at Kempinski The Spa, named Latvia’s Best Hotel Spa 2023 by the World Spa Awards. Kempinski the Spa is a peaceful retreat amid the holiday rush, offering a variety of rejuvenating treatments to revitalise both body and mind. It is the ideal sanctuary for unwinding and ensuring that the holiday season is not only memorable but also deeply soothing.
To savour the spirit of the holidays, Restaurant Amber is the perfect destination, where city visitors can indulge in an outstanding Festive breakfast or a lavish Christmas brunch.
For a truly magical celebration, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga extends an invitation to guests to join in an opulent Christmas dinner experience at the chic award-winning Stage22 Bar & Restaurant. Exclusively tailored for the Christmas festivities, the culinary team at Kempinski has designed a menu featuring a delightful variety of dishes, aiming to please every palate and create enduring holiday memories.
To usher in the grandest New Year’s celebration, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga welcomes guests to embark on a vibrant Asian - fusion experience at Stage22 Bar & Restaurant. The evening promises a celebration filled with exquisite cuisine, lively entertainment and an unforgettable atmosphere, ensuring a truly remarkable start to the upcoming year.
About Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga: With the famous Latvian National Opera House by its side and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at its feet, the hotel presents a whole new level of comfort and elegance to both city guests and locals. Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga features 141 first-class rooms and suites, 23 Kempinski residences, two restaurants and one bar, six spacious meeting rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, and a world-class Kempinski The Spa. Beautiful views of the capital, exquisite service and a rich cultural experience await guests from all over the world.
About Kempinski: Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Today, the Kempinski Group operates 82 hotels and residences in 36 countries and currently has more than 26 prestigious projects under development around the globe. Each five-star hotel reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage; each is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands. www.kempinski.com • www.gha.com
Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga
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