LEISURE Newsletter, November 2018

Christmas and New Year are closer! All cities are transfigurating with lots of decoration and pre-Chritsmas fairs and markets. We offer you ideas of activities and Christmas/New Year celebration of you winter tour to Russia!

Helen Isaeva

Cristmas festival in Moscow and St. Petersburg

• Christmas fairs and markets invite visitors of Moscow to take part in multiple fun winter activities and New Year shopping.
“Journey into Christmas” is considered to be the biggest in the world New Year Festival and one of the most picturesque annual festivals in Moscow as it combines original traditional elements of Russian Christmas fun fairs and new contemporary ideas for all ages. The festival starts on Manezh Square and famous huge glowing ball, the one of the most popular sights in Moscow; as a part of “Journey into Christmas” festival it will be turned the biggest Christmas toy in Russia. Moreover, its size will be significantly increased: the height of the ball will be 17 meters now. The decoration of the ball consists of 9.5 km of LED lights and this is claiming a Guinness record.
Besides the ball, the participants of the festival will see a Russian map shaped labyrinth with a 17-meter high Christmas tree decorated with sparkling LED-lights on Manezh square. Inside the maze the visitors will see exhibitions dedicated to different periods of Russian history, enjoy Soviet posters and get acquainted with Russian fashion of different years.
Both children and adults will enjoy a 100-meter high ice slide — the biggest slide in Russia. It will be built according oldest Russian traditions that were used hundreds years ago for the the winter holiday festivities.

• Young guests of Russia will have a plenty of things to do during “Journey into Christmas”
Tverskoy Boulevard will turn into a “Small town of Storytellers” where experienced instructors will teach children how to do figure skating, snowboarding, play hockey — absolutely free including all sports equipment.
Tverskaya Square is planned to be the main kids attraction for the festival. At this small Christmas town children will dress up a Christmas tree, take a ride on the carousel, learn to sew dolls and cook candies.
Animation and workshops for the little ones will also take place in other areas of the festival. Dress warmly and start your festive Christmas adventure in Moscow!

St. Petersburg • St. Petersburg Winter Fairy Tale
The beautiful tradition of riding a horse-drawn carriage dates back to the early years of the Russian Empire. It became as much a symbol of the Christmas season in Russia as the Jingle Bells in the Western world. Imagine yourself dashing through a thick layer of crystal white snow in a richly decorated carriage with amazing strong horses upfront and majestic palaces in the background. Add to this the iconic jingle of the traditional harness bells and you will get the sight and sound of the Russian winter fairy tale.
We offer you to play an integral role in it, to place you in the front seat and indulge yourself in the true spirit of the Russian Christmas culture. Our company provides several fantastic locations to choose: from the Yelagin Island in the heart of St. Petersburg to the more secluded but not less magnificent imperial estates surrounding the city, namely Pavlovsk, Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo. The services of both professional photographers to capture the moments of joy and experienced tour guides to tell the fascinating stories about the places you visit are also available on request.

Pavlovsk park • Enjoy our special city tour and have fun on a rink and reindeer farm!
Replacing a regular transport for tours with a horse carriage is not really difficult; however, some visitors have a more special interest and wish to try sleigh ride with reindeer, a lately adopted symbol of Christmas, leading the way.
In the suburbs of Saint Petersburg, not far from famous Pavlovsk park, there is a cozy barn with high-bred horses, cute ponies and clever reindeer. Upon request, the workers of the farm will decorate an animal, put it in a festive harness and will organize a sled ride in Pavlovsk, Pushkin or other towns nearby.
Take a sled ride around Pavlosk park with breath-taking landscapes!

Husky and Malamute • Husky and Malamute
Alaskan Malamute or Siberian Husky sledding is becoming more and more popular winter activity in Saint Petersburg region; you will not find a dog farm in the city centre, however, historical parks in suburbs (Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Gatchina and Peterhof) offer huskies and malamute sled riding; there is a possibility to include professional photo shoot in a tour. Generally, husky farms and parks offer a 1 hour ride; in that time the dogs usually manage to run 8-16km. Visit a former summer residence of Royal Family and meet beautiful sled dogs during a special winter tour to Peterhof. We offer to you an opportunity to combine historical excursions with fun activities.

Traditional Christmas brunch at AZIMUT Hotel Olympic Moscow

AZIMUT Hotel Olympic Moscow The festive brunch will be in the restaurant «Olympic» from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m on Sunday, 23.12.2018
There is waiting for you:
  • Christmas brunch
  • welcome drinks
  • musical accompaniment
  • children's zone with the animators
  • sweet master-class with pastry chef of Bakery confectionary
  • a little gift to the birthday celebrants from Bakery confectionary
Participation fee is: 52 Euro / 62 Euro per person inclide alcohol drinks.
Participation of the children under 6 years is free, from 6 to 12 years – with 50% discount.

New Year's Eve at Metropol Hotel

New Year's Eve at Metropol HotelOn the night of December 31 to January 1, a unique show will be presented to our guests in the historical Metropol Hall.

The spotlight of the festive gala dinner will be on the Firebird, a Russian fairytale character from the same-name ballet by Igor Stravinskiy.

The main star of the night will be the jazz punk diva Teona Kontridze, a favorite of the public and a frequenter of celebrations of the Russian Forbes list member. The night will kick off with a performance by Peter Vostokov’s Big Jazz Orchestra. Energizing dance music by jazz giants like Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington will precede the arrival of the New Year. Happy fair Firebird will be open throughout the evening for each guest to try his/her luck and win prizes provided by Metropol Hotel or its friends and partners.

Andrey Shmakov, the Executive Chef of Metropol Hotel, will take care of the gastronomic diversity. Guests will be offered an exquisite gala dinner with dishes from his signature menu: over 20 kinds of appetizers, a seafood station, specialties of contemporary Russian cuisine, and desserts created by the Pastry Chef Atilla Szabo.
We offer special rates for accommodation from December 28th to January 1st for the guests of the New Year Party.

Ticket prices: from 650 Euro per person
Fees include participation in the New Year Party program, gala dinner, and unlimited alcoholic and alcohol-free drinks.

New Year’s Eve at Baltschug Kempinski Moscow Hotel

New Year’s Eve at Baltschug Kempinski Moscow Hotel Welcome the New Year 2019 just a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin overlooking festive midnight fireworks over Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral.
Enjoy the memorable night The Snow Kingdom and an idyllic morning in the very heart of Moscow.

• Panoramic Library Room for adults and young adults from 13 years old
Magical New Year’s Eve celebration in hotel’s signature Library room with an open terrace offering postcard views of the Kremlin and festive midnight fireworks over Red Square.

  • 22:00 – 2:00
  • Gourmet New Year’s Eve gala buffet
  • Free-flowing French champagne Ruinart premium wines, whisky and vodka, soft drinks
  • Private DJ all evening long
  • Open panoramic terrace offering best views of the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral
  • Gift from hotel: overnight stay at the hotel on 31 December and festive Kremlin Breakfast with Prosecco on 1 January

Tickets for adults: 1.410 Euro per person
Teenagers (13-17 y.o.): 350 Euro per person*

•Panoramic Ballroom Moskva
New Year’s Eve at Baltschug Kempinski Moscow Hotel Russian table and exquisite three-course dinner with the views of the Kremlin and Red Square.

  • 22:00 – 2:00
  • Russian table offering exquisite local appetisers
  • Festive three-course dinner
  • French champagne Ruinart (one bottle for two)
  • Premium Russian vodka (200 ml for two)
  • Free-flowing wines and soft drinks
  • Live cover band
  • DJ party and dancing from 1:00
  • Gift from hotel: overnight stay at the hotel on 31 December and festive Kremlin Breakfast with Prosecco on 1 January

Tickets for adults: 1.040 Euro per person
Kids (3-5 y.o.): 95 Euro per person*
Kids (6-12 y.o.): 192 Euro per person*
Teenagers (13-17 y.o.): 350 Euro per person*
*Kids or Teenagers have accommodation with parents.
100% prepayment, non-refundable.
Accommodation is not included in the price of the New Year's dinner and is charged separately.