With snow-shrouded streets and a palpable festive atmosphere, winter is the perfect time to experience the true spirit of St Petersburg.
From the beginning of December until mid-January, there are countless things to do in St Petersburg Russia when its history-rich streets are at their most picturesque. Troika rides—magnificent lacquered carriages led by a trio of horses—whisk visitors through Pavlovsk Park while timeless monuments are softened by blankets of pure white snow. Rivers, lakes and canals freeze over, capturing postcard-perfect moments in a romantic tableau. Families gather to ice skate at Victory Park, while young couples find refuge from the cold in the Mariinsky or Mikhailovsky theatres.
The festive atmosphere extends to a number of events that kick off at the end of the year. Locals celebrate Orthodox Christmas on 6 January, while the biggest buzz surrounds the celebrations on New Year’s Eve. The city is illuminated with the splashing colour of fireworks, and tourists and residents alike party in the streets to dawn and beyond. These festivities are centred around Nevsky Prospect; a grand central street where the heartbeat of the city can truly be felt. It’s here where you’ll find Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.
Having played an important part in the city’s social scene for more than 140 years, the hotel is the perfect base for your winter escapades. On New Year’s Eve, guests can choose from three stunning dinner events to kick-off their evening. In the magnificent L’Europe restaurant, you will be transported on a mysterious journey through St Petersburg’s cultural heritage with a revue of some of the best ballet, opera and musical numbers along with performances from magicians, tightrope walkers and puppeteers. In the Caviar Bar & Restaurant, experience the dramatic Burlesque of the Tsars with traditional Russian entertainment. Or explore something more supernatural in the cutting-edge AZIA restaurant, where a shaman conducts ancient ceremonies with traditional instruments before a live DJ set sees you through to the early hours.
Take your place in this dreamlike winter scene; now is the perfect time to start planning. The hotel will be happy to help organise your visa to Russia, while our selection of seasonal packages provide the perfect excuse to book in advance.