Love Christmas and New Year’s Eve so much you’d like to celebrate both twice? If so, we have a rather unorthodox solution. Christmas in Russia, and Russian New Year, are celebrated by Orthodox Christians (the vast majority of the population) according to the Julian calendar on the 7th of January and 14th of January respectively. That means you can celebrate as usual in late December (as per the Gregorian calendar) before enjoying the Christmas holidays in Russia as families and friends come together for food, fun and fireworks as they await the arrival of the big man in blue – Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and his trusty sidekick Snegurochka.
To get into the festive spirit, make a beeline for Moscow or Saint Petersburg where you’ll find twinkling Christmas lights, cosy restaurants, grandiose buildings and some of the country’s best theatres. To add some serious sparkle to your Christmas in Russia, don’t miss the chance to rug up in hat and fur-lined boots to skate on the Neva River which flows through Saint Petersburg, an experience that will leave you rosy-cheeked and full of the Christmas spirit all over again.

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