Two holidays mark the calendar of the cold season: the Orthodox Christmas on January 7th and the New Year’s Eve on December 31st. For these important holidays, Saint Petersburg offers a mix of spectacle, tradition, snow and lights.
Weeks before the New Year, the main streets of the city become covered in lights with designs that change every year. With the snow all over, walking there is like being part of a fairy tale: the light clock at Gostiny Dvor, the lit toys at Singer House or the Eliseev Store showcases, or just watching the light reflections on the frozen canals, there are are always amazing sights to wander into.
Meanwhile, the fair’s spread all around the city. I especially take a look at the fairs of Pionerskaya and Moskovskaya square, but also jump to any little market that appear at every district where it is possible to find traditional clothes, food, souvenirs, music and, of course, take pictures of the traditional Yolka, the New Year tree, fully decorated.
The evening of December 31st is the chance to join the crowd at the Palace Square. There, every New Year’s Eve, a spectacle of lights, music and fireworks celebrates the beginning of the New Year. It can be a cold night, but the warmth of friends or anyone around who I can say “с новым годом!” (Happy New Year!) to, the dance and the toasts of champagne makes it an unforgettable experience.