Celebrating New Year’s in Russia: St Petersburg
The Director of MIR’s St. Petersburg affiliate office, Katya Boyarskaya, is a native of St. Petersburg, a city that – along with the entire country – loves to celebrate New Year’s. Katya does, too. We asked her to share some of her favorite holiday memories and tips.
I just love to walk along the streets on the morning of January 1st. St. Petersburg is DEAD! There are no people, no cars until at least 5 p.m. Not a.m., but 5 p.m.! Everything is closed, silent. It’s such a contrast to December 31st, when it’s impossible not only to drive, but even to walk!
If you love the ‘70s, you’ll love the music on New Year’s Eve. There’s tons of music on TV, and in my house we prefer something from Soviet times, like the 1970s and a bit of the 1980s. (Yes, we have lots of great memories from those times.) Sometimes we dance, if a place is big enough. There’s nothing special we do, just kind of jump and wiggle around. 🙂
If there are kids in the family – and even if there aren’t – typically one of the family members dresses up as Father Frost and congratulates everybody. Professional actors can do this, too, and you can book one for your party. Kids have to recite a poem, or sing a song in order to get a gift from Father Frost. Often Father Frost comes with his granddaughter, Snow Maiden.
When it comes to midnight toasting, there’s nothing like old-fashioned Soviet champagne! For breakfast New Year’s Day, I like to start with cold champagne and leftover Olivier salad. Great combo!
Travel to Russia for the Holidays with MIR
Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up dancing to ‘70s music on New Year’s Eve in a Russian home on MIR’s scheduled tours to Russia, including:
- Russian Winter Wonder Land: New Year’s in St. Petersburg, a small group tour on which you can ring in the New Year in a private Russian home, or dress to the nines for the lavish Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace in St. Petersburg.
- Arctic Explorer: Quest for the Northern Lights, a rail journey by private train that marks the New Year’s holiday in style aboard the luxury Golden Eagle private train.
- Travel on a custom, private journey, celebrating the New Year traveling on your personalized itinerary.
MIR has 30 years of travel experience to Russia, with affiliate offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Siberia offering on-the-ground support, and tour managers that clients rave about. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
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(Top photo credit: Katya Boyarskaya)
PUBLISHED: December 11, 2014