Moscow at Christmas – a magical city.

Moscow at Christmas is such a magical experience, the city is blanketed in snow with Christmas lights twinkling all around. Wandering the streets in the bitter cold to see the beautiful decorations and then warming up with a hot drink, overlooking people ice skating almost guarantees you to be in the festive spirit.Whether you are visiting in December or January you will be able to experience Moscow at Christmas. This is because Christmas in Russia is celebrated later, as they follow the Orthodox Calendar, yet they still set up all of the decorations in December.The city becomes a winter wonderland ready to explore, this makes for the perfect festive getaway with so much to see and do!

Christmas Markets

There is no better way to get into the spirit of the season than visiting a Christmas Market in the city. There are many Christmas markets around Moscow, my favourite is at Red Square. Russia’s most famous square is adorned with decorations and lights with festive music playing. There are charming little stalls selling everything from souvenirs to gifts and traditional Russian snacks, all with the beautiful Kremlin as the backdrop.Moscow at Christmas Whilst you’re there, why not put on a pair of skates and glide around the open air ice rink in Red Square overlooking the colourful St Basil’s cathedral? If you’d rather stay on firm ground, you can catch incredible shows by Russia’s figure skating stars at Magic Ice Theatre in Revolution Square, opposite the Bolshoi Theatre. 

Christmas Lights 

Each year Moscow holds a Christmas Light Festival, which illuminates the city with a number of stunning installations. It creates a fairytale atmosphere during the winter season. It’s worth wrapping up warm and walking around the city to take it all in. Moscow at Christmas

Christmas Shopping

Why not do a spot of shopping to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas list? The stalls at all of the Christmas markets are filled with uniquely Russian gifts. There are the classic Matryoshka dolls, fine crafts and winter clothing such as leather gloves or a traditional fur hat, shapka.If you’re feeling a little cold outside, head into GUM. GUM is a luxury shopping arcade located on Red Square. It’s always decorated with a unique Christmas theme, with garlands and trees throughout the mall. This is the perfect place to find any special gifts for your loved ones, or simply head to one of the cafes to warm up with a drink.

Christmas Trees

During winter the city seems to fill with Christmas trees, they are an essential part of the celebrations after all. The main Christmas tree is placed in Red Square and is always exquisitely decorated making it a major tourist spot. However, there are hundreds of trees put up around the entire city, expect to see them everywhere you go.Moscow at Christmas Moscow at Christmas

Festive Foods

Whilst you’re at the markets, take the opportunity to enjoy a range of specialty foods from around the country. They have everything from Dumplings from Siberia to Sea food from the far East! Stay warm with a hot tea from a traditional samovar, or something more festive like Mulled Wine.If you don’t like eating outside while you’re cold, head into a restaurant. There are so many incredible Christmas dishes that are absolutely worth trying! There are the winter traditional favs of blini and caviar or a sweet treat of priyaniki.  Not to mention Sbiten which is a traditional winter drink made with fruit preserves, honey and cinnamon. It’s a truly delicious combinations of flavours that will have you feeling cosy instantly. 

Moscow at Christmas is truly magical. The city often has snowfall and the Christmas lights makes the snow appear to sparkle. There is a festive mood in the air and the annual Journey to Christmas festival which has so many attractions and performances – from ice skating to ballet! The Christmas markets are filled with festive foods and treats, what more could you ask for?Moscow At Christmas

Have you ever been to Moscow during Christmas? Or is it on your bucket list?




  1. December 12, 2020 / 12:20 pm

    I love all these Christmas photos in Moscow! Super gorgeous! Though I haven’t been to Russia, yet! I hope I could, probably next year, not so close to Germany tho, but why not! I especially love that seafood platter. So yum! Wish you happy holidays!

    • Lina
      December 12, 2020 / 3:50 pm

      Oh wow Moscow during Christmas looks absolutely magical! Unfortunately I’ve never been there but would really love to get this experience. Your photos are stunning πŸ™‚

      • December 21, 2020 / 8:35 pm

        Thanks, Lina. I hope you get to visit one day. It’s really a beautiful city and perfect to visit during Christmas time.

    • December 21, 2020 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks Catherine! It’s not too far from Germany, totally worth the trip. Such a beautiful city to explore. Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

  2. December 12, 2020 / 3:36 pm

    Wow, never been to Russia but IΒ΄ve been dying to visit it in the winter! Was actually looking more at St. Petersburg to be honest but this post just made me change my mind haha, Moscow looks gorgeous in this time of the year! CanΒ΄t wait for opened borders. Wonderful post x

    • December 21, 2020 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you! Oh gosh, it’s the perfect winter destination. I absolutely loved it, so festive and snowy. Definitely consider visiting Siberia too – it has all of the winter activities you could ever wish for.

  3. December 12, 2020 / 5:54 pm

    I would love to see Moscow during the Christmas period. We visited in the summer and loved the city.

    • December 21, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      You would love it! They really know how to do the festive season πŸ™‚

  4. December 12, 2020 / 10:03 pm

    I would adore to visit Moscow for the holidays! I have been there for a short business trip in November and it motivated me to visit again!

    • December 21, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      Oh brilliant, seems like you just missed the festivities visiting during November πŸ™‚

  5. December 13, 2020 / 1:27 am

    I would love to visit Moscow for Christmas one day. The Christmas market at the Red Square sounds wonderful and a great place to buy some Christmas gifts. Your photos capture the festive lights an beautiful scenery really well πŸ™‚

    • December 21, 2020 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you Jenny. I hope you get to visit during the festive season, I’m sure you’d love it πŸ™‚

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