Christmas Tour - Culture, Traditions, Decorations and Markets

Blanketed in snow, Moscow is a wintry wonderland waiting to be explored. Learn about Russian Christmas traditions, taste the best winter foods and catch the real Christmas mood by riding the biggest slide in Russia! Your guide will show you the coziest Christmas markets of the city and will treat you with a delicious traditional honey and ginger based drink. Ice rinks, open-air gigs, free master-classes and designer souvenirs await you at numerous venues. This private tour lets you discover street performances and light installations which are located all around the city. Hear myths about the area, and learn about the city’s holiday traditions along the way.
Choose the option with skating and merge into fun activity on a rink located just on the Red Square :)
Let the magic start!

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3 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Professional, local guide
    • Meeting in the hotel lobby
    • Flexible customizable itinerary
    • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
    • Private tour
    • All taxes
    • Delicious Christmas drink Sbiten/Russian tea/Coffee
    • Skating rink admission on selected options
    • Metro tickets
    What's excluded :
    • Entry fees to sights and museums except where noted
    • Gratuity/tip (optional)
    • Food
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Bolshoi Theatre, Teatralnaya Sq., 1, Moscow 125009 Russia

    After your guide picks you up at your hotel, you begin the adventure in the magical Moscow. Starting with the Bolshoi Theatre, which is the heart of Christmas Moscow. In medieval times the square in front of it used to be the Christmas tree market . Every year on the square in front of it you can find light decorations inspired by motives of famous performances, such as Swan Lake or Nutcracker. Your guide will tell you what ballet is a must see on New Year and where is the best place to celebrate it in Moscow:)

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Red Square, Moscow 109012 Russia

    One of the best Christmas markets in the city, and a must-see for everybody. There are more than 20 little houses where you can try traditional Russian foods, such as blinis with caviar, and baked potatoes with mushrooms and pickles. You can also keep yourself warm by drinking sbiten' - our answer to the mulled wine! If you need to pick up a few souvenirs, this is a good spot, with traditional items such as Khohloma toys, Orenburg shawls, and Tula gingerbread being sold by representatives of these parts of the country. Of course, there are also plenty of Christmas tree decorations to tempt you. If you are travelling with kids, or you feel like one:)) there’s a carousel and a giant slide to have some fun!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: GUM, Red Square, 3 Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Moscow 109012 Russia

    The former State Department Store and now a glittering shopping mall covered in dazzling decorations.
    Learn from your guide about the crazy times in the GUM when it became housing, about many-hour lines for shoes and its' further transformation into the fancy brands store. You'll be wowed by the Christmas ornaments and decorations, pine tree alley done by different international designers and trading stalls with crafts from all over Russia.
    Get the festive mood and continue with the local spots with traditional winter games and performances!

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Park Zaryad'ye, улица Варварка домовладение 6, строение 1, Moskva, Russia, 109012

    Continue your tour at the famous Zaradye park with a view from floating bridge and a cup of delicious Sbiten' - a warm drink made of honey and different spices, sometimes with berries, oranges, lemons, mint or ginger added:)

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street, Moscow Russia

    Continue your stroll through Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street, where you’ll be astonished by the one of the most beautiful light installations in Moscow.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Manezh Square, Near Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia

    The Magic Forest on Manezh Square has around 40 Christmas trees and it truly feels like a walk in the true Russian forest. In total in Moscow there will be installed more than 300 of those. More than that, there is a gigantic ice slide nearby, the biggest one in Russia, where you can have fun and feel like a child!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Stoleshnikov Lane, Moscow Russia

    Absorb the energetic festive atmosphere at the neon-lit Stoleshnikov Lane, the most expensive street of Moscow (and 12th most expensive in the world)! It's Christmas market is dotted with stalls and chalets where you can find unusual Christmas decorations like tablecloths, napkins, porcelain sets, souvenirs with the author’s paintings and Christmas decorations.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Kamergerskiy Pereulok, Kamergerskiy pereulok, Moskva, Russia, 125009

    Marvel at Moscow’s amazing street performers! Warm up between acts with a cup of hot tea or traditional Russian Sbiten' - a honey-based beverage with different spices.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Volkhonka, 15, Moscow 119019 Russia

    Finish with the extraordinary Cathedral of Christ the Saviour - one of the main cathedrals of Orthodox Christian religion. We will talk about traditions of celebration of Christmas in Russia. Nearby the cathedral there is a trendy Red October district, full of bars, restaurants and clubs, where we can leave, so you can continue your evening there. Or we can take you to any other part of the city, for example back to your hotel or to Arbat street:))

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all centrally located hotels in Moscow, just write us the details:)
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a walking tour, get ready for snowy Moscow and get warmly dressed. You'll need thermo socks and a scarf. We'll make stops to warm up, no worries :)
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Katya & Nikita - Local Moscow Guides

Activity ID: V-119078P28

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