Palaces, Ballet and Fine Food
Russia celebrates Christmas on the 7th January, so New Year marks the start of the ten day holiday and the atmosphere is lively. The city is covered in snow and the streets are glowing with Christmas lights and festive cheer. The weather will be nippy, but the warm reception one receives when you bundle into a cafe or restaurant is a welcomed and comforting experience. Hidden behind the opulent baroque and neoclassical facades of the palaces and museums find magnificent jewel like interiors which are virtually all yours to enjoy compared to the summer months where tourist numbers are at their peak.