Moscow in winter: Christmas markets, bright festive lights, art objects and ice skating rinks – every year in winter Moscow unfolds a true winter wonderland with a variety of treats, pancakes, hot drinks, souvenirs and, of course, winter activities and entertainment. Read about Moscow points of interest in winter here!
- Region in Russia: Moscow
- Topic: Sightseeing
- Best Season: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
- Family & Kids: Yes
Moscow in Winter and Moscow Points of Interest on Christmas
Every year, magic atmosphere envelops Moscow as we approach Christmas and New Year. Millions of lights, scents of gluhwein and Christmas markets – all this is to be discovered by citizens and guests in Moscow in winter. In the New Year holidays, as well as almost all of December and January the center of Moscow becomes a platform for large-scale winter festival called Journey to Christmas. On the main streets of Moscow, on the boulevards and parks Moscow Christmas markets are set with a variety of treats, cakes, pancakes, hot drinks, toys and souvenirs from all over Russia and abroad. Thus, here you can buy traditional Russian souvenirs in Moscow. On the central venues light art objects are installed, and musicians, artists of street theater and ice show perform their programmes.
Among Moscow winter points of interest and highlights:
- in the heart of Moscow – on Red Square – you will find a great GUM-fair.
- Next to the bright and colorful GUM-fair throughout the three months of winter GUM-skating rink is open. It gives its visitors an unforgettable experience of real winter entertainment in the heart of the capital.
- Speaking of the rinks – there are a great many of them in Moscow: more than 40 sites, among which the largest are the skating rinks at VDNH, in the Gorky Park and in Sokolniki Park.
Undoubtedly, Moscow in winter offers a great variety of fun and entertainment. If you are searching for Moscow points of interest and winter highlights, or best Moscow Christmas market, or best ice skating rink in Moscow, or where to buy traditional Russian souvenirs in Moscow – read this article.
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Moscow in Winter
Winter Moscow surprises me every year. Think about it – Christmas markets, holiday lights, light art objects, ice skating rinks – what else could it be in this holiday display? Everything is already there! But no, every year Moscow presents something new, unusual and extremely magical. I have no idea how Santa comes up with all these ideas! This year we will see ice ballet show near the Bolshoi Theatre, bright and colorful elements from the paintings of Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky on Red Square, cooking classes on the Arbat and much more. So take our Moscow guide in hand and explore the holiday! Me and Santa wish you a lot of magic and a real winter fairy tale!
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Christmas Market on Red Square
For many years in a row the Christmas market on Red Square – in the heart of the capital – stays the main symbol of winter in Moscow. Theme of GUM Christmas Market and GUM Ice Rink (we’ll talk about the rink a little later) this year is Russian avant-garde; bright and colorful elements from the paintings of Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky create a special Christmas mood. In GUM Christmas market you can buy traditional Russian souvenirs – decorated felt boots called valenki and knitted mittens, matreshka dolls and jewelry-boxes, Orenburg shawls, and, of course, the Christmas tree toys. In addition, the GUM Christmas market is the longest in Moscow – it will work all 3 winter months until February 28, 2017.
Editor’s tip: riding on the carousel is a must – you’ll get a festive mood and bright photos!
Ballet on ice on Revolution Square
The square in front of the Bolshoi Theatre will turn into an open-air stage from December 16 until January 15. Here, every day at 7 p.m., viewers will see a musical show-ballet on ice. The Nutcracker will be on stage on 16-19 December and January 1-4; Swan Lake – December 20-22 and January 9-12; Chippolino – 23-26 of December and January 5-8; Snow White – 27-31 December and 13-15 January. Admission is free, so make sure to come to the scene within 15 minutes.
Culinary Market on Tverskaya Square
At the monument to the founder of Moscow Yuri Dolgoruky, the European Christmas market with restaurants, souvenir shops and beautifully decorated Christmas tree will take place. A special programme will present Christmas traditions in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and other European countries.
Souvenirs and Christmas Tree Decorations on Manezhnaya Square
The highest tree of Moscow’s Journey to Christmas festival is set on Manezhnaza Square: 17-meter high Christmas tree. This fair will be dedicated to Christmas decorations, toys and souvenirs: here guests will find Christmas tree decorations, including antique toys of 1950-1960-ies, handcrafted clocks and masks as well as other exclusive souvenirs.
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