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

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

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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

 

St Petersburg Events maslenitsaMaslenitsa
4-10 March 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian festival, a mix of pagan beliefs and Christian traditions, which marks the end of winter.

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Central Park of Culture and Recreation of Kirov will host annual festival “Maslennitsa”. Its program includes several concert stages, competitions, special gifts for visitors in national costumes. Everyone will find the own way to entertain: to listen to cheerful chastushkas, to learn traditional Russian crafts, to learn the Cossack fancy riding, to take part in amusant competitions, to taste pancakes with various fillings.
Traditional festivities will take place in the Park of Alexandria in Peterhof. The program includes: bright theatrical performances, fun contests, games, performances by folk groups and burning of effigies.

Maslenitsa is another reason to visit the Mariinsky Theater. Each year, the theater becomes the stage for the international choir festival, Maslenitsa in Song, which this year begins on Feb. 12. Opened by the Prague Philharmonic Choir, on Feb. 15 they will show the four-hour play, The Snowmaiden, with simultaneous subtitles in Russian and English.

Ice slides are a classic of Russian winter entertainment, where everyone is equal— rulers and commonfolk, urbanites and villagers, children and adults. During the entire week of Maslenitsa people can slide down the ice mountain on Zayachy Island by the Peter and Paul Fortress.

This year, the Palace Square of Peterhof will host theatrical performances, workshops for kids and, of course, stacks of buttery pancakes. For those interested in knowing more about the traditions connected to this Slavic folk holiday, the Benois Museum at Peterhof will host a special exhibition running from Feb. 8-18 that explores how Maslenitsa used to be celebrated in Russian noble families.

If you are looking for one-catch traditional event, then head over to the the annual celebrations at Babushkin Park on the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18. The park offers all sorts of activities for both adults and children, from performances of folklore groups, games, contests, workshops and an ice rink to burn off all the calories gained during the pre-Lenten indulgences.

Finally on Forgiveness Sunday you will be able to ask your family and friends to forgive you for any wrongs you have done and prepare for a new start, symbolized by the burning of the Maslenitsa effigy. At Yelagin Island the closure of the week will be accompanied by a light show as well as traditional dances and music. Here, a full immersion into the traditions will offer still more advantages: participants in traditional costumes will be granted free entrance and receive special gifts.

Venues: Central Park of Culture and Recreation of Kirov, Peterhof, Tsarskoye selo, Pavlovsk Park, Peter and Paul fortress, Mariinsky Theatre, Zayachy and Elagin islands, etc.
Event cost: Free

 
St Petersburg EventsInternational Women’s Day
8 March 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

International Women’s Day is an internationally recognized celebration of women and their social and political achievements.

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The Women’s day is an official public holiday which is celebrated on March 8 every year. Started as a Socialist political event the day eventually lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women. There is a tradition among Russian men to undertake all household duties on this day so that women can enjoy a full day of rest.
A special entertainment show is being held in different locations of the city.

Remember, that March 8 is an official day-off. On this day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events.

Venue: Different locations around St Petersburg
Event cost: Free

 

TRIUMPH OF JAZZXIX “TRIUMPH OF JAZZ” International Festival
13 March 2019
Gorky House of Culture

Nineteenth year maestro Igor Butman will bring together friends and colleagues in a musical forum dedicated to jazz in its various manifestations.

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In the framework of the nineteenth international festival “Triumph of Jazz”, on the stage of the Palace of Culture named after them. Gorky will be released by pianist Robert Glasper and his Trio (USA), Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, as well as jazz vocalist Laurin Talese (USA).

Venue: Gorky House of Culture
Event cost: 500 – 1200 rub

 

St Petersburg Events Ballet Festival MARIINSKYXVIII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY
21 March – 31 March 2019
Mariinsky Theatre

The international ballet festival is one of the most significant events in the ballet season, drawing ballet-lovers from all over the world to St Petersburg.

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The main strategy of the festival is to attract stars of world ballet to Russia’s cultural capital. Regu lar participants in the festival include Mariinsky Theatre stars Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Igor Zelensky, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrian Fadeyev and Vladimir Shklyarov. Since it was established, the Mariinsky international ballet festival has seen performances by such internationally acclaimed stars as Vladimir Malakhov, Agnes Letestu, Aurelie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio (Opera National de Paris), Roberto Bolle, Maria Kowroski, Manuel Legris, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Paloma Herrera, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Svetlana Zakharova at the theatre. In line with tradition, each festival opens with a ballet premiere and it concludes with a gala concert featuring stars of international ballet.
Venues: the Mariinsky Theatre
Event cost: Prices vary
Website: www.mariinsky.ru

Photo by www.mariinsky.ru

 

summer navigation season St Petersburg EventsSummer Navigation Season
April – November 2019
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

 

MIRACLE OF LIGHTFestival “MIRACLE OF LIGHT”
20, 21 April 2019
Pioneer Square the Young Spectator’s Theater

The highlight of the upcoming festival is the creation of augmented reality (AR) during the large scale open air event.

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As 2019 is dedicated to theatre art, the Young Spectator’s Theater will become a background for a light installation. The facade of the building will turn into theatrical stage.Venue: Pioneer Square the Young Spectator’s Theater
Event cost: Free

 

St Petersburg Events PaskhaPaskha (Easter)
28 April 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

The Orthodox festival and holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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Paskha is how Russians call Easter, the main holiday of the Russian Orthodox Church. Believers end 40 days of fasting with midnight church services. During Paskha is customary to eat “Kulich” and “Paskha”, special yeast fruit cakes.
Variuos fairs are opened on St Petersburg’s pedestrian streets. Visitors can try traditional Russian Easter dishes and learn what customary Easter gifts for friends and relatives are.

Venue: Park near the Kazan Cathedral, Malaya Konyushennaya street
Event cost: Free

 

Rehearsals of Victory Day military parade
April – May 2019 (to be confirmed)
Throughout Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg visitors will be able to see military hardware rolling across city’s streets during the rehearsals of Victory Day parade.

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The celebration, on May 9, marks the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, and is Russia’s most important secular holiday.
However, each tourist can try to catch the same parade with less restrictions as a full training session.
There will be several rehearsals in Palace Square scheduled in April. The full-sized rehearsal will be hold on May 7 (to be confirmed). It is normally takes place with much more relaxed security conditions than the parade of V-Day. General rehearsal also allows people to see the military hardware.
As it was the case in past years, military vehicles and marching troops will move along several streets (Millionnaya str, Palace Passage, Nevsky Avenue, Palace Embankment, Admiralty Passage and Admiralty Embankment) and further to Palace Square.

Remember, on these days some public transport routes may be changed.

Venues: Millionnaya str, Palace Passage, Nevsky Avenue, Palace Embankment, Admiralty Passage and Admiralty Embankment, Palace Square
Event cost: Free

 

St Petersburg Events labour day Spring and Labour Day
1 May 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

In the former Soviet Union, 1 May was International Workers’ Day and was celebrated with huge parades in Russian cities.

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After the collapse of communism the annual parade gave way to less political festivities.

Remember, that May 1-3 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.

Venue: Nevsky Avenue, park Babushkina, Palace Square
Event cost: Free

 

St Petersburg Events victory dayVictory Day
9 May 2019
Throughout Saint Petersburg

Victory day or 9 May marks the day when the German military surrendered to the USSR in Berlin in 1945.

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This day became the end of the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War) for the USSR. Military parades are held annually throughout the country to celebrate this day. Special parties, performances and concerts are organized for veterans as well. As a sign of respect and remembrance people give red carnations to veterans in the street and wear black-and-yellow St. George ribbon on their clothes.

Victory Day military parades will be held in 26 Russian cities. The St Peterburg’s one will start at 10:00 on Palace Square. Nevsky Avenue – the main street of the city – holds the parade of Veterans.

Remember, that May 9 is an official day-off. On this day most of public offices are closed and some public transport routes may be changed due to street events. Traditionally, on May 9 bridges will not be drawn up and public transport will operate the whole night long.

Venues: Different locations around St Petersburg
Event cost: Free

 

smelt festival St Petersburg EventsFestival of Smelt
11-12 May 2019
LENEXPO exhibition center

During two days tourists will have an opportunity to feast on all kinds of dishes cooked with this simple fish from soups to main courses to salads.

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Smelt is the unofficial symbol of St Petersburg. The first smelt festival was held in 1708, but the tradition was consigned to oblivion. It was revived in 2003 when the city celebrated its 300-year anniversary. Nowadays the Smelt Festival attracts thousands of guests to the famous LENEXPO exhibition center.

Venue: LENEXPO exhibition center
Address: 103, Bolshoi Avenue, Vasilyevsky island(Rus: Большой пр. В.О. 103)
Entrance fee: 300 rub

 

opening ceremony of fountains St Petersburg EventsOpening Ceremony of Peterhof’s Fountains
18 May 2019
Peterhof

Every year visitors of St. Petersburg have a great opportunity to see a traditional opening and closing festival of the fountains in Peterhof.

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The Opening Ceremony of Peterhof’s Fountains it is a grand Spring Festival which gives rise to the Fountain Season. Each fountain will be turned on one by one. The show will be accompanied by musical performances, fireworks and celebrations.
Book the tour to the opening ceremony and enjoy a stunning colorful spectacle. Do not miss the opportunity to see a pyrotechnic show with a theatrical performance in the Lower Park near the Grand Palace of Peterhof.
Price of the tour:
1 PAX – 12500 rub
2 PAX – 7000 rub per person
3-4 PAX – 5100 rub per person
5-8 PAX – 4000 rub per person
9 PAX or more – 2900 rub per person
The price includes:
– Entrance fees to the Lower Park
– Ticket to the closing ceremony
– Hotel pick up/drop off
– Transfer to Peterhof museum
– English-speaking guide
The price doesn’t include:
– Food and beverage

 

Museums at night St Petersburg EventsMuseums at Night
18-19 May 2019
Museums of St Petersburg

In 2019, the Night of Museums will take place on May 18-19 and last from 6pm to 6am. Theme “Museum Night” – “Elements”.

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Museums at Night is an annual festival designed to encourage people into museums, galleries and heritage sites by showing off the best they have to offer.
St. Petersburg museums, big and small, open their doors to visitors in the evening and remain open late into the night, as well as prepare a special program: one-day exhibitions, concerts, performances, author tours, workshops, historical reconstructions

Venues: Visit the official website for the museums-participants.

 

Tulip Festival
18-29 May 2019
Yelagin island

Tulip Festival is a great spring holiday that turns Yelagin island into a residence of various flower colors.

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The tulip festival has taken place on Elagin island since 2013. Each year the gardeners increase the planting area and the number of flowers. Started with 1000 sq m the festival has grown to 3000 sq m. In 2019 160,000 flowers will be grown
Venue: Kirov Central Park, Elagin Island, 4
Event cost: 50 – 200 rub

 




 

 

38 thoughts on “St Petersburg Events

  1. 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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  2. 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 Post author

      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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  3. 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 Post author

      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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  4. 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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  5. 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 Post author

      “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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  6. 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 Post author

      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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  7. 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 Post author

      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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  8. 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 Post author

      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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  9. 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 Post author

      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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  10. 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

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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 held in Saint Petersburg in these dates
    thanks

    Reply
  12. 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 Post author

      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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  13. 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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  14. 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 Post author

      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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Ambita Chenai

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

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    1. admin Post author

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

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  18. 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?

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    1. admin Post author

      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.

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  19. Ann

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

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      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.

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  20. 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 Post author

      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.

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  21. 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

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    1. admin Post author

      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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