Winter Holidays in Moscow: A Polar Bear Experience
Moscow Travel Blog› entry 9 of 12 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
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.