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Christmas in Russia Tour
7 reasons to celebrate Christmas in Russia
Christmas in Russia is celebrated on Jan. 7. Why not simply stretch your Christmas another week into January? How about celebrating it in Russia?
1. Enjoy Christmas twice
In Moscow clubbing culture there are not only parties but also pre-parties and after-parties. Imagine yourself looking forward to Christmas in your home country and to Christmas in Russia, which doubles the joy. Keep it secret or spill the beans and see how your colleagues feel as they hear you discussing Christmas in Russia in January.
2. Deals in the right place in the right time (2 Christmases)
You might like buying Christmas presents like Christmas cards, decorations, sweets boxes, etc. Russians (especially females) like presents (especially foreign ones). Store managers in your country will thank you for taking this stuff off their shelves after Dec. 25. Bring that merchandise to Russia and give away (before Jan. 7) as very timely presents to friends, (or instead of tips) to porters, concierges, drivers of taxi in Moscow – you name it, and you'll see miracles happen. Just make sure this stuff is not rubbish but lovely Christmas presents you would enjoy having on Christmas.
3. Cheaper inbound and outbound travel in Russia
Airfares go up before or after Christmas in any country, Russia included. Having 10 days of holidays in a row, Russians, going overseas, fly outbound before Jan 1 and fly inbound after Jan 9. Be a contrarian and fly the opposite way round. Arrive to Moscow before Christmas in Russia is celebrated (Jan. 7) and leave after.
4. Sending out cards
Fancy sending a Christmas card from your home address to yourself (or your family members) to the hotel in Russia where you will be staying? Or send Christmas cards from Russia to your friends or relatives in your home country.
5. The dates
If you believe “true” Christmas is on Dec. 25, you might want to reconsider. Hundreds years ago the world switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. Christmas Day in this century has fallen on Dec. 12 in the original, Julian calendar and will be so until 2099. No one knows for sure when Jesus Christ was born. Historians and those in the know think of late May. According to one theory, the early Christian church chose Dec. 25 to replace pagan celebrations in midwinter.
6. See Russian Festive Culture
If you are one of those who travel overseas to see and understand other cultures, Russian Christmas is the right time to do so. Apart from usual tourist attractions in Russia, you will be able to see how people in Russia celebrate probably the most important and beloved festive season – 10 days in a row.
7. Better Understand Russians
‘Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. Based on our experience, when we bring our clients to services in St. Trinity St. Sergius Lavra, they seem to begin to understand Russians better. Quietly attend a service in one of Russian Cathedrals on Christmas Eve on Jan. 6 and that might have a tremendous impact on your perception of Russians.
Do you remember the scenes of the Christmas eve in ‘The Nutcracker’, one of the most famous ballets in Russia? See a scene or two in our Bolshoi Theater Tour page.
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM RUSSIA!
So, you still have no plans for New Year’s Eve? How would you feel about swapping these increasingly dull-mild British winter temperatures for the snow-white landscapes of Moscow, Russia, where the New Year is met with even more anticipation than in London, Paris, or Berlin. The people of Moscow welcome you!
Now before you click off this page and research another, more typical holiday destination, this could well be your boy. Forget what you heard about Russia and its reputation, perpetuated by almost every spy movie you have ever seen, and give an ear to the Brit who lives here!
First of all, who would say 'NO' to 2 Christmases? Since Russia’s adjustment from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, Christmas Day (as we know it), is celebrated on 7th January. The New Year is celebrated much like Christmas in the West, with family fun, food and frivolities. The focus on family life in Russia often appeals to foreign tourists (who even ask for visiting Russian families, which Angel offers), it’s not so often you can visit a city so catered to families with children: Detskii Mir (Children’s World), ice skating in the most beautiful of public parks (including amazing ice rink on Red Square), traditional Russian Christmas markets… You name it, Moscow’s probably got it. And what better time to visit than during the festive period?
Moscow’s student culture is also ever-present. Not too dissimilar from the British student-life, Russia’s capital can also offer a great number of bars, clubs, and restaurants, complimented by the breathtaking views in the heart of the city. The New Year party starts at midnight, so don’t be late!
For a winter adventure, warmed with the cosy comforts of Christmas time, take a step out of the Schengen area, and into your comfort zone. Russia is waiting!
Russian Christmas Tree Toys Tour
During the Russian Christmas Tree Toys Tour you'll see a dozen exhibition rooms with over 3000 Russian Christmas and New Year decorations from the last 150 years, multiple Russian Christmas trees; watch skilled ladies blowing and stretching glass, painting designs, patterns and ornaments on the Christmas glass bubbles.
After the Russian Christmas Tree Toys Tour with live performances you can take a painting workshop to paint your own glass ornamental bubble and visit the shop with great assortment of Russian Christmas and New Year decorations, bubbles and trees.
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Russian Christmas Tree Toys Tour is an amazing journey, especially if you take it when Christmas in Russia is celebrated. En route from Moscow you will see beautiful natural landscapes - rivers, villages, fields and forests.
During the Russian Christmas Tree Toys Tour the guide will lead you through the enfilade of rooms and help you plunge in the fairytale world of the festive season so that you might feel like a child many years ago anticipating the Christmas Eve and the gifts. Anyway, here it feels like Christmas and New Year Eve all year round. The magic rooms are dedicated to the history of Russian Christmas tree ornaments and how this holiday transformed from tsarist centuries to late Soviet years. You will also hear a legend about how a glass necklace became a prototype for a Christmas Tree glass decoration in Russia a couple of centuries ago.
History of Soviet New Year Tree Toys is a reflection of Soviet History
The Christmas Tree came to Russia from Germany. In Soviet times, when religious holidays were frowned upon, the tradition surrounding the Christmas Tree first was banned and then carried over to the New Year's holiday, as it remains in Russia now.
Pieces of fruit served as decorations both originally and later in early Soviet years, as you will hear from the guide during this Russian Christmas Tree Toys Tour. Apples were placed into the branches (as you can see on one of the photos below) and later those apples were replaced with red glass bubbles.
Patterns changed with time including those reflecting main trends, developments and symbols. While one of the latest topics is the Sochi Olympic Games, in 1930-s aviation was a major theme, while in 1950-s space was another major topic, hence the main characters in toys were spacemen, as well as Belka and Strelka, first dogs in the space, along with sputniks and rockets.
On this tour you will see many Russian Christmas Trees. May the warmth of these Christmas tree fill up your heart with joy!
Tchaikovsky's room was made to commemorate his music and Tchaikovsky Museum nearby. The Nutcracker ballet was written by Tchaikovsky in 1892 about a girl who falls asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams that her nutcracker becomes a prince. It is one of the most popular ballets, and is often performed at Christmas in Russia. It is not a coincidence that we chose Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker as the music theme for this page. If you are interested in classical music and especially in the music of one of the best-known Russian composers, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, see our Tour to Tchaikovsky's Memorial House - Museum. If you are a great lover of classical music and ballet, please see our Private Tour to Bolshoi Theater.