Winter Holidays in Moscow: A Polar Bear Experience

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Experienced travelers always look for new place to visit and go for unbeaten paths. World capitals marked off your list? Cozy small towns in Europe survived your invasion? New York and California beaches don’t excite you anymore? South Asia seems to be a second home? It is time for trying something totally new and thus exciting. Russia can be the place.

There are many common stereotypes about the country and frosty Russian winter is definitely a top one. Why not to give it a shoot? Siberia and Far East can be really extreme in winter time but if you are new to Russia celebrating a NYE in Moscow is something worth doing.

Russian Orthodox Calendar gives Westerners a great opportunity to have a family Christmas party back home and arrive to Moscow just in time for the biggest NYE celebration.

Trees below my window
Strangely enough, but thanks to communists Russia kept Christmas as a religious holiday without gift competition and secular traditions - all these attributes went to New Year Eve that became a #1 holiday in the country: fun and often wild.

Moscow offers NYE activities for all tastes and pockets - from a classical music concert at the Conservatory and more up-to-date Moscow International House of Music followed by a dinner at a fancy restaurant to a wild party at a night club. And of course, celebration on the Red Square. It can be cold, it can be crowded, but it will be unforgettable for sure. Sounds of the Clock Tower announcing a New Year and people in fur coats embracing each other is something to experience at least once in a life time.

NYE is not the only thing - let the celebration continue.

My street
Russians have 10 days of winter holidays and you have a chance to join them for this festive season.  There are many things to do apart from having long lunches turning into dinners with lots of food and drinks. When in Russia, take advantage of winter sports. Ice skating is one of the most popular activities. You can choose from a number of skating rinks in the city but one on the Red Square should be your priority: skating and enjoying a view of the Kremlin at the same time - it is something to tell friends about.

Winter is also a good time for culinary experience: cold weather makes you want to have some nice hot dinner, and Russian cuisine is at your help. Borsch (red-beet soup) with smetana (cream), cabbage patties, stuffed fish, and a variety of meat dishes is your survival kit in this country, not to mention vodka, hot tea with lemon or mulled wine.  One of Moscow favorites - enjoying a view of a good snowfall through a big glass window with a nice hot drink in hands.

Yauza River
Night lights just add some romantics to it.

On January 13th don’t miss a Russian special - Old New Year Eve. It is all again due to two different calendar systems, that you have a great chance to celebrate NYE again: night clubs and restaurants will satisfy your need for fun.

If you stay in Moscow longer, you will experience Orthodox Christmas and Epiphany. The last is famous for bathing in an ice hole: they believe nobody can catch cold on that day since water is holy. True it or not, but a polar bear experience is guaranteed.

Snow, frost, a long festive season and unique mixed culture - all that is waiting for you in Moscow. Just don’t forget to bring warm clothes.

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View from my window
View from my window
Trees below my window
Trees below my window
My street
My street
Yauza River
Yauza River
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Moscow International House of Music
Moscow International House of Music
Manezhnaya Square
Manezhnaya Square
Manezhnaya Square & Historical Mus…
Manezhnaya Square & Historical Mu…
Zhukov Monument
Zhukov Monument
Entrance to the Red Square
Entrance to the Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
GUM
GUM
Red Square
Red Square
Skating rink. Red Square
Skating rink. Red Square
Cheburashkas:)
Cheburashkas:)
Historical Museum
Historical Museum
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GUM
Kremlin
Kremlin
Red Square
Red Square
GUM Skating Rink
GUM Skating Rink
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square Xmas Tree
Red Square Xmas Tree
GUM & GUM Skating Rink
GUM & GUM Skating Rink
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
GUM Skating Ring
GUM Skating Ring
Xmas Tree
Xmas Tree
St Basils
St Basil's
GUM & GUM Skating Rink
GUM & GUM Skating Rink
Spasskaya (Saviours) Tower
Spasskaya (Saviour's) Tower
GUM&Skating Rink
GUM&Skating Rink
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
Red Square
Spasskaya Tower
Spasskaya Tower
St Basils
St Basil's
St Basils
St Basil's
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GUM
Red Square
Red Square
Lobnoe Mesto (Place of Execution).…
Lobnoe Mesto (Place of Execution)…
GUM and Ilyinka str (my office is …
GUM and Ilyinka str (my office is…
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GUM at 4 pm (December)
GUM at 4 pm (December)
GUM at 4 pm (December)
GUM at 4 pm (December)
GUM at 4 pm (December)
GUM at 4 pm (December)
GUM at 4 pm (December)
GUM at 4 pm (December)
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GUM
Bosco Sport - Official Russian Oly…
Bosco Sport - Official Russian Ol…
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GUM - Iceberg Xmas tree
GUM - Iceberg Xmas tree
GUM - Moschino Xmas Tree
GUM - Moschino Xmas Tree
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GUM - Swatch Xmas tree
GUM - Swatch Xmas tree
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GUM. Entrance to the GUM skating r…
GUM. Entrance to the GUM skating …
Cheburasha cheering for Russia:)
Cheburasha cheering for Russia:)
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GUM
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