15th annual International Women’s Club of Riga Christmas Bazaar

A culinary tour of tastes, unique and unforgettable experiences and gifts to buy (pilot a Boeing 737 Flight Simulator with airBaltic), a visit with Santa Claus, a performance by Latvia’s opera star, and much more at the 15th annual International Christmas Bazaar.

The Riga City Council will be the host of this years’ 15TH annual International Women’s Club of Riga (IWCR) Christmas Bazaar to be held on 3rd December, from 11:00 – 16:00, Ratslaukums 1. The Bazaar, IWCR’s major annual fundraising event, is part of Riga City Council’s official Christmas programme.

Don’t miss an exceptional opportunity to taste your way around the world with foods from more than twenty countries. Local restaurants such as Vincents, KITCHEN and Indian Raja, will be serving tasty, seasonal menus, specially created for visitors to the Bazaar at the “Christmas Café”.

Shoppers may feel they’ve time travelled as they experience the tastes and rare gifts from around the world. From countries in Europe, Asia and The Americas, each will offer a large and rare selection of gifts native to their nationalities. A selection of unique hand-crafted gifts will also be available.

The annual Auction , led by auctioneer, Valdis Melderis from Radio Skonto, will feature fabulous products (LG 32” flat screen TV, Blackberry smart phone from BITE, Frey Willie jewelry, to name a few) and unforgettable experiences, which money just can’t buy! If you have ever dreamt of piloting a Boeing 737 aircraft, now is your chance, with airBaltic’s Flight Simulator Experience. This is a one-off opportunity and the value is sky high!

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to work at the zoo? Bid on the opportunity to be a “Zookeeper for the Day”, with monkeys, kangaroos, tigers and lions in Riga Zoo’s “Behind the Scenes’” family tour. Spa packages (ESPA, Baltic Beach Hotel and others), restaurants (Suite, Le Dome, Samurajs, DaAntonio..), hotels (Bergs, Dome, Monika, Radisson…), tickets to the opera, a personal museum tour, shopping vouchers, and many more desirable lots will be up for auction (http://www.iwcr.lv/245/487/), all for the goal of raising money for charity.

After children have visited with Santa Claus, enjoy the beautiful performance of Latvian National Opera singer Sonora Vaice, in the fine accompaniment of Ilze Ozolina. International school choirs will ring in the Christmas spirit with more joyful holiday songs.

The 2010 Christmas Bazaar and Auction achieved a profit of 14,000 LVL for Latvian charities which support needy families, young mothers, the elderly and the abused in both Riga and the countryside. Those charities include:

Pro Sanctitate Sisters
Martha Center
Mara's Centrs
Hope for Children
Missionaries of Charity
the Women’s Prison in Riga
Teika Orphanage
Irlava Orphanage at Tukums
SOS Children’s Villages
Martin Maija - Liepaja
Auce 'Namins' Crisis Centre

Visit www.iwcr.lv for more details of the charities supported by IWCR.


The International Women’s Club of Riga is a non-governmental organization now with charitable status, which was founded in 1991. The membership includes around 100 women representing more than 30 countries; they take an active part in exploring the culture of Latvia and support a variety of charity projects.





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