Should you be in Russia's second largest city this December for
New Year, then pack your thermals and get out and explore this
wonderful place. It is packed with museums, galleries, theatres,
palaces and has a plethora of festivals and cultural events that
show St Peterbsurg's diverse heritage.
St Petersburg is home to the Hermitage Museum so for the art lover, this is one place you will not want to miss, it's one of the world's largest and oldest museums and is a stunning venue. For me personally, I think the Faberge Museum would also have to make the list of must see museums as well as the Russian museum in the Mikhailovsky Palace.
There's really no end to what the city can offer art and music lovers, venture to the beautiful Mariinsky Theatre for some wonderful ballet and opera to indulge your cultural side, you can't miss the famous “Nutcracker” while you are there!
Wander the main street of Nevsky Prospekt and stop by one of the café's or restaurants whilst you take in the sights including Church on Spilled Blood or go and explore St Isaac's Cathedral for some fantastic views.
December is a wonderful time to visit, as long as you don't mind the cold of course, but you can soon warm up with a glass of Glintwein or two while perusing the Christmas market on Pionerskaya Square, with traditional fare, food and drink and you can get your skates on for the temporary ice rink. (One thing to note, the Russians actually celebrate Orthodox Christmas on 7th January, so you could have yourself a double Christmas!)
Join in the crowds this New Year outside the Hermitage museum in
Dvortsovaya Square, with a main stage for entertainment and to watch
the President's address, then party on through the night until the
fireworks. Many people will walk down to the Dvortsovyy most bridge
to get some great views. So grab your Soviet Champagne and follow
If you're looking for something a little different, then try out Vasilyevski Island for a wonderful view over the city and the fireworks that light up the Neva River or stroll along Neva River embankments.
St Petersburg will be throwing all manner of parties, gala dinners, balls, black tie event and much more, the bars and restaurants will be crammed with people ready to celebrate the new year to get your dinner reservations locked down.
There are hundreds of wonderful restaurants to choose from, here are just a few you might like to try out whilst you are in St Petersburg:
Pryanosti & Radosti
There seems to be a couple of good webcams for St Petersburg try the Camera Review. (you have to scroll down to see the webcam)
Stay in one of St Petersburg's beautiful hotels, book your room
in advance as the city gets very busy at this time of year:
Pushka Inn Hotel
The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel
Domina Prestige St.Petersburg
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.