St Petersburg for New Years Eve 2011
Have anyone celebrated new years in St Peterburg? Me and my friend are considering to go, but we haven't found out much to do yet. It seems like fun to gather on palace square with lots of people in the cold. (I'm norwegian so we don't mind the cold) But we don't know what else to do? Any recommandations? 😊
I have done it ages ago. St Petersburg has beautiful churches, this is what I remember best, the golden domes against the weak winter sun just lovely. The city center with its magnificient old houses is great for walks. The Erimitage and Winter Palace Museums are worth a days visit, the art museum is of world class, with many Rembrandts etc and a Modern Art Section with Picasso and many other of the great painters of early 20th century. You won't be bored during three days. I don't know about clubs etc. if that is what you mean, but sights there are many.
Thank you! 😊
I actually wondered what do to on new years eve, but I liked your answer anyway. Goldens domes in wintertime and lots of old building sounds very nice. It's good to know that there is something to do for several days, so we won't get bored 😊
Just to warn you - Russian meteorologists are predicting the coldest Russian winter in 1000 years 😊 Now that's kind of scary if you know how cold a normal Russian winter can get 😊 Make sure you bring LOTS of VERY warm clothes
The cold is particularly expected to linger in the northern European part of the country, ie. St Petersburg
I will be there and am wondering the same thing. I was there last winter, but went on holidays to Greece during New Years and can't remember what my friends did specifically. I know there are a lot of free things going on, concerts and such. I am sure whatever happens, it will be something special since New Years is celebrated as their main holiday rather than Christmas.
Haha... the coldest Russian winter in 1000 years? That sounds cold 😊 The weather statistics for St Peterburg in december and january do not look so bad, but I guess statistics can hide some facts. EdVallance, are we talking about colder than -30 celcius degrees? That would be kind of cool 😊
TheWholeOrch: That sounds like fun, I did not know that New Years is bigger than Christmas in Russia. Now I really want to go! 😊
The weather there isn't usually too bad, especially if you're from Norway and used to it, but this year the experts are predicting a bad one. i don't know exactly how cold but considering it hit minus 30 last year in st petes im assuming its expected to go lower this yer, even if only briefly.
i'm not sayinng you shouldnt go because of the cold - that'd be hypocritical because I'm going to be in Arctic Siberia for New year's! I'm just saying make sure you bring very very warm clothes or you won't be able to spend long outside. And as TheWholeOrch mentioned, Russians barely notice Christmas but New Years is an absolutely wild party.
To celebrate New Year (or as we say in Russian "meet the New Year") in St. Petersburg you'd need to book a table at a restaurant. Find one in the city centre and after the meal you could take a walk in Nevsky prospect and the Palace Square, where there are usually lots of people around at that time and different shows on a number of stages.
i'm also going to st petersburg for new year eve, i'll be there with a friend, have you found what you're going to do during the special night ?
No we did not, well, if we were still going, we would probably hang around in a bar/restaurant or something in the evening, and then head for palace square before midnight.
So, as you can see, we changed our minds, since my friend was scared of the cold weather we are trying Germany instead. Which hopefully will not be THAT cold. 😊 But I'm definitely going another year, so I would be happy if you shared your experience with NYE in St Petersburg after you have been there 😊