Christmas and New Year’s Celebration 2020 in St. Petersburg
Snow-covered and decorated St. Petersburg looks like a magical fairytale city. It is a great place to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
We have designed special Christmas and New Year 2019-2020 trips and we are delighted to invite you to enjoy the Christmas jolly atmosphere of winter St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg Christmas Tour
St. Petersburg is an unforgettable place to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Discover all major sights of the city by immersing in the Christmassy atmosphere.
St Petersburg New Year Tour
Immerse in the festive atmosphere of St. Petersburg, celebrate a New Year’s Eve here. You will enjoy the brightest holiday of Russia.
How the New Year in Russia looks like?
The celebration of New Year is the most popular holiday in the country; it is possible to draw an analogy between Russian New Year and European Christmas. If New Year’s Eve completes the Holidays in Europe, in Russia otherwise the New Year’s Eve (December 31) is the beginning of the holidays.
Traditionally, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at home with family and friends around the festive table. The preparation begins in December when everybody hurries to buy presents and meal and to decorate the New Year’s tree. Children look forward to the arrival of ‘Ded Moroz’, the Russian Santa Claus. He comes with his granddaughter ‘Snegurochka’ (a snow girl).
At night, right after the presidential speech at midnight, the Kremlin clock strikes 12 times, people drink champagne, make a wish and congratulate each other. Afterwards the anthem is played. People often continue celebrating on the streets and fire Bengal lights and fireworks. From everywhere, congratulations are often heard ‘S Novim Godom! S Novim Stchastiem!’, which is translated as ‘Happy New Year, we wish you great happiness!’ The following night is spent at home around the table, some people walk at the streets of the city, congratulate and cuddle people passing by, even strangers. The New Year’s Eve holiday lasts till the morning.
Due to the Russian specific nature of celebrating the New Year, you will have an opportunity to spend the holidays as if you were in Europe. It will be almost impossible to order a table in a nice restaurant, the majority of them will be closed. Other restaurants will be booked in advance. They offer special menu, music program and, needless to say, raise the price.