Today I want to tell you about the main holiday in Russia. Guess what is it? No, it isn’t Christmas. It’s New Year. We all love this holiday so much. There is something magical in it.
We celebrate it on the 31st of December and on the 1st of January. All Russian people prepare beforehand. We buy presents to relatives and friends, decorate our flats and houses. Streets in the cities are very beautiful too.
So if you are in Russia at this time you are very lucky. There are a lot of interesting new year events. I can recommend you the most interesting ones in Saint Petersburg at the end of December.
1. Annual Christmas Fair in St. Petersburg. It will open on the 22nd of December and will be held till the 7th of January. The address is Pioneer Square; Pushkinskaya and Zvenigorodskaya metro stations.
2. «The Nutcracker and the Mouse King». New Year’s holiday, ice show.
You can visit it from the 25th of December till the 30th of December. The address is «Ice Palace», Pyatiletok Avenue, 1, Prospect Bolshevikov metro station.
3. New Year’s festivities. Festive fireworks.
It will be held on the 31st of December and on the 1st of January.
Ostrovsky Square: Festive Fair, competitions and contests, ice characters, a slide for riding, rides and shows.
Peter and Paul Fortress: New Year’s Concert, an exhibition of ice sculptures and a slide, from which you can go down on ice-boats and car tires.
Pioneer Square: Christmas Market, New Year’s exhibitions, folk festivals will traditionally work on Pionerskaya Square.
The Spit of Vasilyevsky Island: Festive celebrations and the finest fireworks.
Ice sculptures, a huge ice slide and in St. Petersburg are planning to arrange on Hare Island. The center of attraction on the eve of New Year 2019 will be the Peter and Paul Fortress. The celebration starts from the most legendary place where the great St. Petersburg originates. For New Year and Christmas there are preparing programs for mass celebrations and many charming events, a wonderful gala concert will be held, and other entertainment will be held.
A colorful and magical fairy tale show on New Year’s Eve will be held traditionally in St. Petersburg — on Palace Square. Here, residents and guests of the city expect exciting mass celebrations with songs and
music, ardent congratulations to Santa Claus and Snow Maiden, as well as the President of Russia — Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Under the chiming clock, you can make the most cherished desires.
Dozens of contests and quizzes with valuable prizes, as well as a tasty festive fair are scheduled on Ostrovsky Square. Every year this bright place gathers several thousand Russians and tourists. During these New Year’s and Christmas holidays, visitors will be able to make bright photos with ice sculptures, illuminated by decorative light.
The best actors of the tetra of Russia and the world will be involved in the Sennaya Square in the events and they will attract guests of the holiday to their performance. All are waiting for free treats that will distribute fabulous heroes.
On Nevsky Prospect, loving couples will feel a special atmosphere. Until 24:00 there will be many programs for families with children, and then the romantic program for loving hearts will begin. It will be attended by leading artists of the city and the country.
21:00 Movement along Nevsky Prospect for public transport and cars will be closed at nine in the evening. At the same time, metro and night buses during the holiday hours will not stop working at all.
22:00 The city center will begin to celebrate the offensive of 2019 at exactly 22 o’clock — it is at this time that the New Year festivities will be launched. The main events will unfold on the Palace itself, an equally interesting program will be at Gostiny Dvor. A special festive event awaits St. Petersburg residents on Malaya Konyushennaya Street — a separate area for festivities will appear here.
3:00 The sky over St. Petersburg will be painted with all colors, because in the waters of the Neva at this time will be given a start to the festive fireworks, which will mark the onset of the New 2019.
4:00 Officially, the celebration of the New Year will end at 4 am.
4. «Christmas star. Fire Festival»
The address is Spit of Vasilyevsky Island, Birzhevaya Square, the water area of the Neva River, Admiralteyskaya or Gorkovskaya metro stations
It will be held on the 7th of January and on the 8th of January 2019 from 19 pm till 21 pm
5. «Christmas gift» Exhibition
State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg
The address is Peter-Pavel’s Fortress, Gorkovskaya metro station
It will open on the 14th of December 2018 and close on the 3rd of February 2019
6. «Gingerbread tale» New Year’s exhibition
St. Petersburg Museum of Bread
The address is Mikhailov street, 2, Lenin Square metro station
It will open on the 14th of December 2018 and close on the 19th of January 2019
7. The Nutcracker New Year’s performance show
St. Petersburg State Children’s Drama Theater » On the Neva «
The address is Sovetsky lane, 5, Technological Institute metro station
It will be held from the 2nd of January till the 8th of January 2019 at 11 am, at 14 pm and at 16.30 pm
8. Christmas concert of choral music
State Museum-monument » St. Isaac’s Cathedral «
Museum-monument «Savior on Blood«
The address is Griboyedov Canal, 2B, Nevsky Prospect metro station
It will be held on the 5th of January 2019 at 21 pm