The snow may be wrapping St. Petersburg in a wintery blanket but that doesn’t mean that the city itself is hunkering down and hibernating. This week alone there are classical music concerts, dance performances, legendary Russian rock stars strutting their stuff and the opening of the 10th annual New Year Fair. If you’re heading to St. Petersburg in December then pack lots of layers and make the most of the city’s exciting night life and sightseeing opportunities and pick up some unusual gifts at this fabulous fair.
December 11th sees the dance performance ‘You Make ReMake’ on stage at the Black Box theater, while on the same night at the Oktyabrskiy Boris Grebenshikov’s Aquarium concert takes place. If classical music or dance aren’t your thing then how about seeing UK artist Patrick Wolf perform at ClubZul tonight (December 9th) or Mummy Troll, Russia’s rock icons who perform at the Ice Palace on December 13. Let’s hope they don’t shatter any of those ice crystals…
After an evening out on the town it can be nice to spend the next day in the festive atmosphere of the New Year fair. Held at Nevsky Passage from December 7th to January 7th, this is the tenth annual fair in St. Petersburg and features music, entertainment, and traditional Russian gifts and souvenirs as well as gifts from all over the world.
The perfect place to find a memento from your trip to Russia, the New Year Fair boasts master classes in the creation of many traditional crafts and sweets, as well as chocolate-making, blowing caramels, and making greetings cards. You can even learn to juggle or simply enjoy the live performances and musicians. Open from 10am to 9pm and with free entry, this is a great way to experience some traditional Russian craftsmanship, and to find a gift for even the most difficult of people.
International New Year Fair
Between the 12th and 15th there’s also an international fair at the St. Petersburg Sport Concert Complex from 11am to 8pm where you can buy fabulous Christmas ornaments and exclusive crafts from around the world. In 2012 this international extravaganza featured over 700 companies from 64 Russian cities and there were also exhibitors from Armenia, Belarus, India, Italy, Latvia, Pakistan, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Over 43,000 people attended last year so make sure to get there early to see what’s on offer.
Christmas Market in St. Petersburg
While the New Year fair runs from December 7th to January 7th, the Christmas Market runs from December 19th to January 12th in Pionerskaya Square. An emblem of winter cultural activity in St. Pite’s, is the perfect place for citizens and visitors to the city to acquaint themselves with the traditional ways to celebrate New Year and Christmas in Russia and in different parts of the world, with many countries and Russian states represented. There’s even a cabin for each state, with colorful traditional features that really capture the festive fun.