December is the time when the city’s atmosphere is imbued with the New Year spirit. There is no doubt that the New Year in Russia is the most important and popular holiday. It is customary to make presents for your family, friends and colleagues for this holiday. For this reason crowds of people bustle about in big shopping centers and numerous Christmas markets to get nice gifts for their near and dear. Let’s see what is the best place to check out if you’re looking for a real Russian Christmas fair.
Christmas markets in St. Petersburg receive a format of a big festival where one can not only buy gifts, but also participate in many public activities. One of the major Christmas fairs this year is organized on the New Holland Island. This island had a military past, but today it more is famous for being a huge art space for kids and adults of all ages.
The Christmas fair on the island opens on December 17 and will be held till January 8. For three week lots of St. Petersburg stores, restaurants, and workshops will please visitors with their best products. Sweets and bakery, handmade toys, books, decorations, jewelry, knitting – this is by far not the end of the list! Apart from shopping one can find an activity to suit every taste: starting with classical ballet The Nutcracker finishing with skating and snowball fights!
Everyday they will organize fun games and workshops for the youngest guests and their parents. Different performances and competitions will also take place. And don’t be afraid to get cold – right on the place you can warm up with a cup of real Russian tea with blinis, pryaniks, pyshkas and other traditional snacks.
This year we will have a lot of foreign guests: New Year and Christmas traditions will be represented by Germany, Spain, Italy, Britain, Ukraine, China, the U.S., and many others. You will have a great chance to get acquainted to the culture of different countries and also taste their national cuisine.
If you need any assistance with holiday events in St. Petersburg or museum visits feel free to contact the team of Hello Russia Tours. We wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!