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Free admission to the Hermitage St Petersburg EventsFree admission to the State Hermitage Museum
First Thursday of each month (Currently unavailable)
The State Hermitage Museum

On the first Thursday of each month the Hermitage grants free entrance for all individual visitors.

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First Thursday of each month:
19 March
16 April
21 May
18 June
16 July

The Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious museums. The museum houses over 3 million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment.
Once you are in the museum on the first Thursday of the month, take your free ticket at the box office and enjoy exploring world’s richest art collection.
It is worth noting that preschool children, schoolchildren, and students irrespective of citizenship visit the Hermitage free of charge at any time.
Remember, the “free” action is not extended to guided tours.

Venue: The State Hermitage Museum
Address: 2, Palace Square (Rus: Дворцовая Площадь, 2)
Event cost: Free
Website: www.hermitagemuseum.org

 

summer navigation season St Petersburg EventsSummer Navigation Season
April – November 2021
Neva River

April to November, drawbridges are opened for a few hours during the night to let ships pass through. This is one of the best city show.

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As the Neva river is covered with ice between mid-December and early April, ships are unable to navigate the river.
With the spring arrival, the river turns into a busy “highway” with a wide range of different vessels from passenger tour boats to cargo ships.
Over a dozen city bridges are drawbridges, which should be raised every night during the navigation season according to a stable schedule. Once you are in Saint Petersburg, follow the schedule to avoid being stuck in one part of the city.
The bridge raising is one of the best city show. A walk along the embankments at this time or a ride on a cruise boat will leave an unforgettable impression about St. Petersburg at night.

Venue: Neva River
Event cost: Free

 

Ceremony changing guard St Petersburg EventsCeremony of changing of the guard
the end of May – October 2021
Naryshkin Bastion at the Peter and Paul Fortress

The modern ceremony of the guard mounting, developed by the military headquarters of St Petersburg, is a tribute to an old tradition.

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The guard duty in Peter and Paul Fortress has existed since the first months of its foundation. It was only in October of 1926, when the commandant’s supervision of the fortress was abolished. Initially the ceremony was performed by the soldiers and officers from the regiments, dislocated in St Petersburg, then by the soldiers from the permanent city garrison and by the guard regiments since 1720s.
The focal points of this performance are parade and trooping of the flags of the Russian Federation and St Petersburg.
The guard is mounted on the territory of Naryshkin Bastion after the traditional 12 o’clock cannon shot.

Time: Each Saturday at 11:55
Venue: Naryshkin Bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress

 

closing ceremony of fountains  St Petersburg Events Closing Ceremony of Peterhof’s Fountains
September 2021
Peterhof
 

Due to the Covid situation, the closing ceremony won’t be held this year

 

 

Palaces of St Petersburg EventsFestival “Palaces of St. Petersburg”
23 September – 31 November 2021
Mikhailovsky Castle

In the XXIX autumn season, the Festival guests will enjoy musical premieres in the new palace halls.

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The autumn season of the Festival starts with a concert dedicated to the great tenor Sergei Lemeshev in the Bronze Hall of the Polovtsov Mansion. Opera arias, sincere Russian songs, lyrical romances will be performed by magnificent tenors, soloists of leading opera theaters, laureates of international competitions. The rich palette of Sergei Lemeshev’s repertoire will be presented by Boris Stepanov, soloist of the Mikhailovsky Theater, guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theater, St. Petersburg and Riga Philharmonic Societies; Boris Arndt, soloist of the Mariinsky Theater, guest soloist of the Mikhailovsky Theater; Tigran Ohanyan is one of the most promising young opera performers of our time. Maria Safaryants, Artistic Director of the Palaces of St. Petersburg Festival, will tell about the creative biography of the legendary tenor.

In October, the first concert will take place in the restored state Resurrection hall of the Mikhailovsky Castle with the participation of cultural figures from Italy, a solemn ceremony will also take place with the participation of the Consul General of Italy; the music of the most romantic composers of the twentieth century will be performed for the first time in the Nicholas Palace; in the Presidential Library (the building of the Holy Synod), soloists of leading opera theaters will perform the most famous opera arias, fascinating comments about the heroes of the works will be heard from the actor Boris Smolkin, beloved by many;

In November, the festival guests will enjoy a large-scale concert in honor of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Russian Empire; an evening of old Italian arias with the participation of stars of the opera scene of Russia and Italy will be held in the Great Italian Lumen of the State Hermitage Museum.

In December, the first concert will take place in one of the restored famous St. Petersburg mansions, which will open its doors to the guests of the festival for the first time.
Venues: Mikhailovsky Castle, St. George’s Hall, which is located at the address: Sadovaya Street, house 2.
Event cost: from 4000 rub
Website: http://en.palacefest.ru

 

St Petersburg EventsXXIII International Theater Festival “Baltic House”
6 October – 10 October 2021
Theater Festival “Baltic House”

Today, the International Theater Festival “Baltic House” is an integral part of the cultural life of St. Petersburg.

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One of the most authoritative theater forums in Europe and the basic festival of the International Association of Theater Critics. Every year, the festival presents domestic and foreign performances, creative meetings, round tables, scientific conferences devoted to the problems and development of modern theatrical art are held within the framework of the festival.
Venue: – All the stages of the Baltic House Theater-Festival, as well as the stages of St. Petersburg theaters.
Schedule: https://baltic-house.ru

 

Night of Art
4 November 2021
Different locations around St Petersburg

Different cultural institutions will open their doors to visitors at 6 in the evening and remain open until midnight.

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Museums, theaters, libraries and concert halls will prepare a special program and hold one-day exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops, and creative meetings with writers, musicians, artists and actors.

Venue: Museums, theaters, libraries, concert halls of Saint Petersburg
Time: 18:00-00:00
Admission: Free

 

St Petersburg Events national unity dayDay of National Unity
4 November 2021
Throughout Saint Petersburg

Annually, the Russian Federation celebrates the liberation from Polish-Lithuanian invaders in 1612.

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It is an official holiday and a day off. Different events are planned to be held throughout the city. Russian march, a traditional annual rally, will be carried out in the center of the city.

Remember, that 4th of November is a public holiday. On this day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.

Venue: Throughout the city
Event cost: Free

 

St Petersburg EventsXXIV International Festival “Earlymusic”
6 October – 4 November 2021
Different venues in Saint Petersburg

EARLYMUSIC presents the music of the Baroque, Renaissance, Middle Ages and Classicism in its authentic performance.

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Program:

1. October 6, 19.00. Opening of the Festival. “Baroque through the darkness”
2. October 12, 19.00. Ensemble “Masques” (France)
3. October 14, 19.00. “Musical treasury of the old capital”
4. October 16, 19.00. J.S.Bach
5. October 18th. “Music by J.S.Bach in the past, present and future”
6. November 4th. “Empire”

Venue: – Small Hall named after M.I. Glinka of the Shostakovich Philharmonic, Nevsky prospect, 30
– STATE ACADEMIC CHAPEL. emb. Moika river, 20
-State Hermitage, Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya (Embankment), 34
Event cost: : from 900 rub
Schedule: http://www.earlymusic.ru/

 

Wonder of the world
5 – 28 November 2021
Palace Square

The light show will be dedicated to St. Alexander Nevsky.
 

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An amazing magical garden full of real miracles comes to life on Palace Square. Giant dyzhital flowers, magical creatures from myths and legends, trees woven from light … Passing through a magical forest, every adult will again plunge into the atmosphere of childhood and remember the most cherished dreams and fantasies.

Venue: Palace Square
Admission: Free
Website: http://lfspb.ru/ru/ (RU)

 

IX International Cultural Forum
11 – 13 November 2021
Different locations around St Petersburg

For the eighth time, Petersburg will host a unique cultural event of a world level.

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The MISSION of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum is to form the key vectors of the development of culture as a progressive force that brings the constructive origin into life of our country and of the world community as a whole.

In the local context, the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum presents itself the principal event of the cultural life of the great country in the days when the national consciousness is experiencing its rebirth and Russia is reconsidering its global roles and meanings. Culture is a soul of a nation and that is why the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum is one of the fundamental points of these historical processes.

In the global aspect, the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum is considered the one of the key elements of domestic and foreign policy. Russia in the contemporary world appears not only a country of great culture, but also state, that successively defends the constructive values: the preservation of the cultural heritage and diversity, mutual respect and equal dialogue. That is why, in the eyes of world community Russia aims to represent the positive and originative tendencies in politics, culture and social development as a counter to the aspiration towards destruction and chaos.

Venue: Different venues in Saint Petersburg
Website: http://lfspb.ru/ru/ (RU)

 

hermiage day St Petersburg EventsThe Hermitage Day
7 December 2021
The State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage has declared 7 December – Hermitage Day – an additional day with free entry for all categories of individual visitors.

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On December 7, admission to the museum is always free, unless the date falls on a Monday. The year of the Hermitage’s foundation is taken to be 1764, when Catherine the Great acquired a collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Gotzkowsky. For the anniversary, each year the museum prepares a special programme that has become known as “The Hermitage Days” and includes various events and a number of exhibitions.
In 2017, December 7 falls on a Thursday.
Once you are in the museum, take your free ticket at the box office and enjoy exploring world’s richest art collection.
It is worth noting that preschool children, schoolchildren, and students irrespective of citizenship visit the Hermitage free of charge at any time.
Remember, the “free” action is not extended to guided tours.

Venue: The State Hermitage Museum
Address: 2, Palace Square (Rus: Дворцовая Площадь, 2)
Event cost: Free
Website: www.hermitagemuseum.org

 

gatchina-new-yearThe New Year Fair in Gatchina
30 December 2021 – 9 January 2022
Gatchina Palace

Plunge into the atmosphere of a winter fairy tale and take a trip through Russia without leaving St. Petersburg!

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Gatchina Palace will offer New Year and Christmas entertainments for its guests throughout the winter holidays. You will enjoy concerts of folk groups, excursions, traditional winter entertainments, horse riding, blacksmiths master classes, traditional Russian round dances with Ded Moroz. The fair will be open from the noon to 7 p.m.

Venue: Gatchina, Krasnoarmeiskiy pr., 1, Gatchina Palace
Event cost: Free
Website: http://gatchinapalace.ru/en/

 

St Petersburg Events new yearNew Year
31 December 2021 – 9 January 2022
Throughout Saint Petersburg

“New year” is a public holiday and the most celebrated day in Russia.
 

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Traditionally, New Year celebrations take place on Nevsky Prospekt and Palace Square, and include street entertainments and live music. Traffic on Nevsky Avenue will be closed from 21:00.

In addition to Palace Square, Gostiny Dvor and Malaya Konyushennaya Street also will host New Year celebrations.

The festivities will starts at 23.00 and last until 4.00. At 3:00, the fireworks will be launched over the Neva River.

Remember, that the New Year’s celebrating lasts from December 31 to January 9. All these days are official days-off. On these days most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.


The Metro will operate during the New Year’s night on December 31 – January 1.

Venue: Different locations around the city
Event cost: Free

 

 The Volleyball World Championship The Volleyball World Championship
26 August – 11 September 2022
10 Russian cities

The Volleyball World Championship, which Russia will host for the first time, is bound to become one of the main sporting events in the country in 2022.

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24 teams secured their participation in the main tournament of the FIVB four years, which will be held in ten Russian cities from August 26 to September 11, 2022.
Matches will be hosted by 10 Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk. 24 national teams will take part in the championship. The format of the tournament provides for two group stages and the Final Six in Moscow, following which a new world champion will be determined.

Group A: Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Puerto Rico (Moscow)
Group B: Brazil, Japan, Cuba, Qatar (Kemerovo)
Group C: Poland, USA, Mexico, Bulgaria (Novosibirsk)
Group D: France, Slovenia, Germany, Cameroon (Ufa)
Group E: Italy, Canada, Turkey, China (Yekaterinburg)
Group F: Argentina, Iran, Netherlands, Egypt (Krasnoyarsk)

Opening match on August 26 in St. Petersburg: Team of Russian Volleyball Federation – Tunisia
Website: www. volley2022.ru

 




 

 

40 thoughts on “St Petersburg Events

  1. ROBINSON OSAGIE

    HOW CAN I GET A VISA TO VISIT RUSSIA FOR PASKHA,MY GIRL AND OTHER BIG EVENTS IN MOSCOW

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    1. russia

      Where are you from? Some nationalities have visa free entrance to Russia. If you still need to obtain visa, please contact Russian embassy or consulate in your country.

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  2. Tim de Groot

    What is the place to be tonight for celebration of Russia Day in St. Pete? Any fireworks and if so at what time? Thank you.

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  3. Tagiben

    Why were there fireworks tonight (1st June) in St Petersburg? We are staying until the 4th June and it would be good to know if more are planned

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    1. admin

      1st of June is a Children Protection Day, hence the fireworks. During 2nd-4th of June the celebrations with fireworks aren’t expected.

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  4. Melinda Szabo

    Hi there, we will arrive to St. Petersburg at 27th May, and I would like to know that exactly when and where will be the firework take place? Thank you for your answer.

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    1. admin

      The fireworks will be launched at 23.00 on May 27. The launch will be made from the beach near the Peter and Paul Fortress.
      The best view points will be on the Neva banks and on the bridges.

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  5. lana

    Hello,
    I am planning to come to Scarlet Sails celebration on 23 June. Do you by any chance know the route of the boat? I need to book a hotel or apartment and have only a vague idea where the boat will sail. Please help. Where does it come from, where will it go? thank you

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  6. Sweta V

    Hi.. I plan to visit Russia from 1st May to 7th May this year.. Is it a good time to travel? Could anyone plz suggest the places that I can cover in 6days.. I was planning to go to Moscow and St. Petersburg.. Is there any place else I should consider??
    Due to Victory Day approaching closer to my travel dates, will I face travel issues or something.. Your insight will really be very helpful. Thanks

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    1. admin

      “Is it a good time to travel?” Warm weather and numerous holidays make May the best month to visit Russia.

      “Could anyone plz suggest the places that I can cover in 6days.. I was planning to go to Moscow and St. Petersburg.. Is there any place else I should consider??”.
      6 days are not enough even for Moscow and St Petersburg 🙂
      However, if you are eager to cover as much as you can, go to Vladimir and Suzdal. They are belong to the Golden Ring and full of places of interests and historical sights.

      “Due to Victory Day approaching closer to my travel dates, will I face travel issues or something..”
      Don’t think so.. One of the drawbacks of the Victory day celebration is that some flights can be delayed due to aerobatic performances.

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  7. Joey

    Hi, we will be visiting St Petersburg in Sep. We want to see the fountains in Peterhof. But we also understand the fountains may be closed in Sep. Do you know when the fountains will be closed in Sep this year? are the public allowed to watch the closing ceremony?

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    1. admin

      The closing ceremony is usually held in mid-September. However, the actual closing of the fountains is scheduled for the end of September or mid-October depending on weather.

      “Do you know when the fountains will be closed in Sep this year?”
      Unfortunately no. It will be known in May-June.

      ” are the public allowed to watch the closing ceremony?”
      Of-course! You can buy the tickets yourself or book our tour for the closing ceremony.

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  8. Jorunn Lemvik

    I wonder if it is possible to attend concerts by orthodox church choires in St. Petersburg? Next question: how is September in terms of tourist visit in St. Petersburg?

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    1. admin

      Yes, choires concerts take place in some cathedrals, for instance in St Isaac’s Cathedral, State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg, Church of the Resurrection of Christ. Here the schedule: http://isaak.ticketnet.ru/ru/billboard/1#section=21 (Rus.language, use google translate)

      “how is September in terms of tourist visit in St. Petersburg?”
      September is a good time to visit the city, especially if you come in the first two weeks of the month. The weather is still pleasant and the tourist flow is already less.

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  9. Rochelle

    Hi, I will be in St Petersburg May 27-city day, are the fireworkss very beautiful and how long do they last for? My plane actually departs at 3pm so I’m wondering if I should stay another day to watch the fireworks, and the carnival. Will there be many festivities pm that day as there is not much information when u search the internet, thx for your advice.

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    1. admin

      Usually, plenty of events take place on this day, including bike parades, street concerts, carnavale, etc. The program of activities isn’t announced yet.
      The last couple years there were no fireworks on the City Day. However, this year the city will celebrate its 315th birthday. Perhaps, this year will be an exception.

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  10. PB

    Hi,
    We will be in St. Petersburg for just a few hours, 8am-3pm en route to Moscow by train, on May 9th. Because of the Victory Day activities, will it be possible to walk around at all? Will we be able to see much of St. Petersburg’s lovely buildings?
    Thank you.

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    1. admin

      If you travel by train and you don’t need to go to/from the airport, then you will have enough time to walk around. Normally, main streets are closed and some public transport routes are changed due to street events.

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  11. Abdulaziz Alheraiqi

    I will be in saint petersburg Russia
    between 1/2 to 16/2 2018
    I wonder if there is live courses in
    AI and machine learning and what is most important meeting or conference
    held in Saint Petersburg in these dates
    thanks

    Reply
  12. Abdulaziz Alheraiqi

    I will be in saint petersburg Russia between 1/2 to 16/2 2018
    I wonder if there is live courses held in Saint Petersburg in these dates
    thanks

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  13. Tara

    Are there any large events planned for late March to mid-April? I would like to visit then, but want to know about the demand for and availability of hotels at this time.
    Thanks you.

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    1. admin

      The accurate dates of most festival aren’t announced yet. Stay tuned for new events. We update the page each month.

      The only festival with a known date is Paskha (Easter). Paskha is the main holiday of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 2018, it will be held on April 8th.

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  14. Ahmed Pahad

    I will be in Saint Petersburg from 27 – 30 December.
    What events and festivals are on during that time?

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  15. Poy

    Hello. I plan to visit Saint Petersburg from 1-4 May 2018. For 1 May which is Labor day, will the Peterhof palace, the Catherine palace, and Hermitage museum open on this day?

    Thank you very much!

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    1. admin

      Hi Poy,

      The Hermitage is closed on Monday and May 9 (Victory day). However, on 1-4th of May it may have shortened working hours.
      Concerning Peterhof, there are still no exact information on the opening hours in 2018. You have to wait until February-March.

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  16. janice wilson

    I am coming to Leningrad (St. Petersburg) from Canada to celebrate the centennial of the amazing Russian Revolution I hope to join in on whatever is happening, especially on November 9th.

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  17. vince simonet

    Hi, are there any other events celebrating the November revolution in St Petersberg, from the 4th to the 7th of November?

    Thankyou

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  18. Ambita Chenai

    Hello. When do the new year lights on the streets come on in St.Petersburg?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. admin

      In late December, closer to the new year holidays the city will be lit by numerous lights

      Reply
  19. Jittapa

    Hi, I am planning to join scarlet sails event 2018 but I am not sure what exact date or period. My plan is 26th May – 2nd June 2018. Could you please advise me?

    Reply
    1. admin

      Hi!
      The accurate dates will be announced in March-April. However, based on the experience of previous years, the Scarlet Sails 2018 will likely be held either on June 15-17 or on June 22-24.

      Reply
  20. Ann

    Hi,
    We’re going to visit St. Petersburg from 2nd to 9th November,
    Any events planned for that days?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. admin

      We cant say exact dates of the events scheduled on October-November. They will be known in September. Stay tuned for upcoming events. We update the page each month.

      Reply
  21. Matias

    Hi, i will be in st petersburg between 14th and 16th september. I cant find tickets for visit the palace on that dates. Will the palace be open on that days? Thanks.

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    1. admin

      Hi Matias!
      The Peterhof staff told that the palace will be open on 14th of August for a whole day, but on 15th and 16th of August it will be most likely open until noon because of the closing ceremony of the fountains.

      Reply
  22. Yushi

    Hi..

    Is there any cultural event that we can attend in Russia during Winter Time?

    We are planning to visit St Petersburg & Moscow from 27Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018.

    Thank you.

    Regards
    Yushi

    Reply
    1. admin

      Dear Yushi,

      The period you mentioned is one of the brightest in Russia and St Petersburg. Begining from 31 December the New year holidays start. They are widely celebrated throughout Russia and offer winter leisures, fairs, and even street concerts. Stay tuned for upcoming events. We update the page each month.

      Reply

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