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Photo author Monta Blāze

Publish date 09.12.2022

As the Christmas is drawing near, Ventspils lights up in thousands of festive lights. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a ride in the Christmas train “Ventspils Train”. Those fond of walking will definitely appreciate the guide “Ventspils under the Christmas Lights”.

Ventspils Museum, the Digital Centre, and the Science Centre “Vizium” invite students and families with children to enjoy a wide range of activities before Christmas, whereas the snow hill “Lemberga hūte” will guarantee a real winter fun. In December, the Ventspils Cultural Centre, the Theatre House “Jūras vārti”, and the Concert Hall “Latvija” offer you a wide range of cultural events. The summary also provides further information on Christmas activities in Ventspils Municipality.

Walking guide “Ventspils under the Christmas Lights”

Those fond of walking will appreciate the guide “Ventspils under the Christmas Lights”, which will lead you through the city streets twinkling with Christmas lights, allowing you to discover the most beautiful Christmas decorations marked on the map. The proposed route also includes 9 decorated Christmas trees. The guide is available for download at ventspils.lv, whereas the printed version is always available at the Tourist Information Centre at Dārzu iela 6.

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Ventspils lights up

As a tradition, on the square Lielais laukums, located beside the Concert Hall “Latvija”, the main Christmas tree brings joy to the locals every year. This year’s Holiday décor additions are the “Light Drums”, which will complement the composition of illuminated music instruments on the square Lielais laukums, and the numbers representing the upcoming year 2023 with the respective zodiac sign of the Chinese horoscope – the rabbit – at the square entrance from the side of the streets Lielais prospekts and Kuldīgas iela 2023. gada skaitlis ar nākamā gada Austrumu horoskopa – truša figūru . No less interesting is the holiday decoration from the last year – the “Christmas Piano” with a height of 3.8 m, which is an interactive light installation with practical use, allowing everyone interested trying their hand at the piano playing.

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Another large Christmas tree adorned with twinkling lights and festive décor, located in the very heart of the Old Town – on the Town Hall Square, brings the joy of Christmas to all passers-by. The trees nearby are illuminated by Christmas lights, whereas the streetlamps are adorned with angels blowing trumpets, thus inviting everyone to visit Bethlehem to find the illuminated nativity scene. The street Annas iela, on the other hand, will be decorated with garlands containing 12 large Christmas spheres painted by the students of Ventspils School of Arts. In the city centre, you will be able to capture magical festive mood, walking down the illuminated alley Laikrakstu aleja and passing trees decorated with sparkling umbrellas. Nearby, on the square Dzirnavu laukums, a romantic atmosphere is created by large-sized candles arranged in a circle in the middle of the square. Walking down the street Kuldīgas iela, a festive mood is created by a string of light bulbs in the trees. Each week, one candle will be lit in the Advent wreath as a Christmas countdown. This year, the Science Centre “Vizium” has surprised everyone with a stylized light object located at the main entrance. In the centre of Pārventa, a large decorated Christmas tree and a pair of glittering reindeer on sleighs are waiting for you to take beautiful photos.

Elīna Emare

Christmas Train “Ventspils Train”

To enjoy special Christmas mood, the “Ventspils Train” will run on a special Christmas route on the weekends and during the Christmas holidays, with the usual starting point at Kuldīgas iela, near the Concert Hall “Latvija”. Follow the train schedule at ventspils.lv.

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Ventspils Museum invites you to enjoy a real Christmas mood

Ventspils Museum will host creative workshops in both the Castle of the Livonian Order and the Seaside Open-Air Museum. The activities are suitable for everyone, especially for children of elementary and primary schools.

Ventspils hronikas arhīvs

Until 23 December, the Seaside Open-Air Museum invites everyone to participate in the Christmas game “No Points, No Snow Man”, which will consist of 6 different tasks. After completing each task, the participant will be awarded points, which at the end of the games will be used to “purchase” parts of a snow man and to create fun drawings. Children will resolve riddles, participate in fun games, discover old Latvian Christmas beliefs, and complete dexterity and mind tasks. Not only is the activity fun, but it also promotes teamwork, gets you carried away by the game, and allows you learn more about Christmas traditions.

Until 21 December, the Castle of the Livonian Order invites you to create warm decorations for the Christmas tree of the castle. It will hold a creative workshop suitable not only for students and families, but also for work colleagues and groups of friends. Registration at muzejs.ventspils.lv.

Ventspils hronikas arhīvs

Enjoy the holidays at the Ventspils Digital Centre and the Science Centre VIZIUM

Ventspils Digitālais centrs

With the Christmas just around the corner, Ventspils Digital Centre and the Science Centre VIZIUM invite you to spend the holidays in the circle of family and friends, participating in various thematic workshops and activities.

Activities and workshops for creative holidays:

  • • Creative Advent workshop 10., 11., 17., 18. decembrī plkst. 13.00.

Until 18 December, at the end of each Advent week, the Science Centre VIZIUM will hold workshops where the participants in the circle of family and friends, accompanied by the hard-working and goofy VIZIUM dwarfs, will create Christmas decorations and presents. Each weekend, the workshop will have a different theme. Biļetes iespējams iegādāties iepriekš zinātnes centra kasē un mājas lapā https://vizium.lv/tickets. For the ticket price, see the general pricelist of creative workshops.

Location: Science Centre VIZIUM, Rūpniecības iela 2

  • • Workshop of wrapping odd-shaped gifts and creating stickers : 19 December 17.00-20.00.

During the workshop, the participants will discover various tricks of how to wrap odd-shaped gifts and to create beautiful stickers that can be attached to gifts or greeting cards. For training purposes, the wrapping paper and materials required to create stickers are included in the price. The participants must bring their own odd-shaped gifts and wrapping paper. . In order to participate in the workshop, previous registration is required by completing the application form at: www.adre.se/davanusainosana.

Participation fee: EUR 18.00

Location: Ventspils Digital Centre, Akmeņu iela 3

  • • Winter IT School “The World of Magic” 27., 28., 29. decembrī un 3., 4., 5. janvārī, plkst. 10.00-12.00, 12.30-14.30 un 15.00-17.00.

During the winter holidays, the students from grades 1 to 7 are welcome to spend their winter holidays in exciting technology workshops, which will provide them an insight into the mysterious world of magic. . In order to participate in the workshop, previous registration is required by completing the application form at: http://www.adre.se/ziemasitskola. For children of pre-school and general education institutions in Ventspils, the participation is free of charge. For students of educational institutions of other regions and cities, the participation fee is EUR 7.00. Location: Science Centre VIZIUM, Rūpniecības iela 2

  • • Science show “Winter Show – H2O from A to Z”. . From December to February.

Water is the basis of life. Therefore, the show will focus on the characteristics and specific aspects of water. The science show will take place at the following times

Tuesday – Friday 12.00.

Saturday – Sunday 12.00, 14.00, 16.00.

Location: Science Centre VIZIUM. Tickets are available at the ticket office of the Science Centre and at www.vizium.lv.

Snow hill “Lemberga hūte”

As of 7 December, the beginner slope and the sledding hill are available on the snow hill “Lemberga hūte” to enjoy real winter fun. Before visiting the snow hill, please read the latest information on the rules, prices, and equipment rental available at www.lembergahute.lv. Please be informed that the opening hours of the snow hill will depend on the weather. For more information on other recreational opportunities offered by the Olympic Centre “Ventspils”, such as the public skating rink and the swimming pool, visit the website www.ocventspils.lv.

Wide range of Christmas activities in Ventspils:

9 December

At 19.00 – Concert by Linda Leen & Ventspils Big Band / Concert Hall “Latvija”

At 6:00 PM – 11:00 AM – Horror track “The Mystery of the Livonian Order” in the Castle of the Livonian Order. Adults participate in pairs, whereas children must be accompanied by adults. Participation fee – EUR 8.50 per person.

10 December

At 6:00 PM – 11:00 AM – Horror track “The Mystery of the Livonian Order” in the Castle of the Livonian Order. Adults participate in pairs, whereas children must be accompanied by adults. Participation fee – EUR 8.50 per person.

10 December

At 1:00 PM – Creative Advent workshop / Science Centre VIZIUM

At 4:00 PM – Additional concert by Linda Leen & Ventspils Big Band / Concert Hall “Latvija”

At 5:00 PM – Christmas concert “I Brought from the Sky” by the pop studio “Jūras akmentiņi” / Ventspils Baptist Church

At 6:00 PM – Country and schlager music celebration. 60th birthday of Māris Sloka, the lead singer of the band “Klaidonis” / Theatre House “Jūras vārti”

11 December

At 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM – Activity for children “Olaf Waits for Christmas” / Children’s Town and Children’s park “Fantāzija”

At 1:00 PM – Creative Advent workshop / Science Centre VIZIUM

At 3:00 PM – Concert by the dance studio “Prieks” / Theatre House “Jūras vārti”

At 4:00 PM – Seniors Ball / Cultural Centre

15 December

At 7:00 PM – Musical Christmas story for children “The School of the Snow White” / Theatre House “Jūras vārti”

At 7:00 PM – Ventspils Chamber Music Days “Music of the Residents of Ventspils” / Concert Hall “Latvija”

16 December

At 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Winter book festival – creative workshops, festive concert, and charity market / Main Library

17 December

At 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Christmas workshops for families / House of Crafts

At 12:00 noon – Athletics competition “Christmas Cup 2022” / OC “Ventspils”, Athletic Hall

At 1:00 PM – Music class for the entire family / Musical Library

At 1:00 PM – Creative Advent workshop / Science Centre VIZIUM

At 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Opening of the exhibition “Dwarfs Are Real!” and meeting with the artist Agija Staka / Castle of the Livonian Order

At 3:00 PM – Ventspils Open Ice Hockey League Finals / Olympic Centre “Ventspils”

At 4:00 PM – Christmas concert. Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Vestards Šimkus / Concert Hall “Latvija”

At 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Christmas event for children “It’s Raining Gifts” – collective visits. Performance, games, and exchange of gifts. Ticket price: EUR 7.00 / Cultural Centre

At 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Winter evening market / Old town market square

18 December

At 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM – Activity for children “Winter Cleaning of Minions” / Children’s Town and Children’s park “Fantāzija”

At 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM – Christmas event for children “It’s Raining Gifts” – collective visits. Performance, games, and exchange of gifts. Ticket price: EUR 7.00 / Cultural Centre

At 1:00 PM – Creative Advent workshop / Science Centre VIZIUM

19 December

At 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Workshop of wrapping odd-shaped gifts and creating stickers / Digital Centre

20 December

At 6:00 PM – Concert “Jingle Bells” / Centre for Creative Learning

At 7:45 PM – Match of Pafbet Latvian – Estonian Basketball League: BK “Ventspils” – BK Ogre / Olympic Centre “Ventspils”

21 December

At 4:00 PM – Creative crafts workshop “House of Dwarfs” / Children’s Library

At 7:00 PM – Christmas concert by Uldis Marhilevičs and Dita Lūriņa / Theatre House “Jūras vārti”

At 7:00 PM – Yule log evening / Market square

23. decembrī

At 3:00 PM – Activity for children “Read and Create” / Pārventa Library

At 7:00 PM – Match of Pafbet Latvian – Estonian Basketball League: BK “Ventspils” – AVIS UTILITAS RAPLA (Estonia) / Olympic Centre “Ventspils”

25 December

At 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM – Christmas of the tour train “Mazbānītis” /Seaside Open-Air Museum

At 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM – Activity for children “Christmas in the Forest” / Children’s Town and Children’s park “Fantāzija”

26 December

At 12:00 noon – Additional Christmas concert. Zigfrīds Muktupāvels, Sonora Vaice, Uģis Roze / Concert Hall “Latvija”

At 4:00 PM – Christmas concert. Zigfrīds Muktupāvels, Sonora Vaice, Uģis Roze / Concert Hall “Latvija”

Christmas activities in Ventspils Municipality:

9 December

At 6:00 PM – Lighting of the Christmas tree in Pope. Games, fun activities, and creative workshops together with dwarfs. Seeking for the hidden treasure. Concert / Pope Cultural Centre, Pope, Ventspils Municipality.

11 December

At 4:00 PM – Lighting of the Christmas tree on the Market square. Market square, Ugāle, Ventspils Municipality.

16 December

At 6:00 PM – Literary and musical performance “Christmas Mysteries”. Piltene Library, Piltene, Ventspils Municipality.

17 December

At 7:00 PM – Theatrical evening with performances by participants “It Happened Then, When …”. Užava Community Centre, Užava, Ventspils Municipality.

18 December

At 4:00 PM – Christmas concert by the vocal ensemble of Ventspils Cultural Centre “Mundus”. Ventava Community Centre, Vārve, Ventspils Municipality.

20 December

At 3:00 PM – Circus performance. Piltene Cultural Centre, Piltene, Ventspils.

23 December

At 5:00 PM – Christmas activity for families “Baking Gingerbread Cookies”. Games, fun activities, songs, creative workshops together with dwarfs, horseback riding, street market, and baking of gingerbread cookies. At the carriage house of Zūras Museum, Zūras, Vārve Rural Territory, Ventspils Municipality.

24 December

At 7:00 PM – Midnight Mass in Ugāle Church. Ugāle Church, Ugāle, Ventspils Municipality.

26 December

At 12:00 noon – Theatre performance for children “How the Christmas Tree Taught the Animals a Song” by the Amateur Theatre “Ugāles drāma”. Livonian homestead, Tārgale, Ventspils Municipality.

26 December

At 4:00 PM 16.00 Concert “Believing, Hoping, and Loving” in Užava Community Centre. Užava Community Centre, Užava, Ventspils.

26 December

At 5:00 PM – Concert by amateur theatres operating in Ugāle. Ugāle Community Centre, Ugāle, Ventspils Municipality.

See you under the bright lights in Ventspils!

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