St. Petersburg is spotted with numerous hand-made fairs and markets creating the Christmas atmosphere. Every big shopping mall, some public spaces and even the Sea Passenger Port Marine Façade are quick to provide their halls and open-air areas to craft masters and shops to attract more visitors. We’ve listed the biggest or the longest or the most curious Christmas markets in St. Petersburg. Special tip for you: there’s information down the text about where the tallest ice chute in the city is.
Please, note that some markets will start or end their work after the New Year’s arrival. The 2018 New Year celebration lasts in Russia for ten days, starting from 29th of December (the last workday in 2017) and ending only on 8th of January (the first workday in 2018).
The list of Christmas markets in St. Petersburg, December 2017 – January 2018
1. Zima Fest (Winter’s Fest)
The location is very amazing. It’s the St. Petersburg’s cruise port Marine Façade where thousands of cruise passengers disembark during the high season. There will be a public skating rink with the biggest city’s ice chute here accompanied by a market and DJ’s music with photo zones, live performance of musicians, food-trucks, entertainments for kids and many more. And, of course, a superb panoramic view of the frozen Gulf of Finland.
Date: January, 2 – 7. 12:00 – 22:00
Address: 1, Bereg Nevskoy gubi V.O., (1, Nevskaya bay’s shore, Vasilievlsky island)
For getting there take bus №158 or a free shuttle from Primorskaya subway station.
2. Christmas Book Alleys
Right in the city center, at the junction of the Malaya Konnyushennaya street and the Nevsky avenue, in front of the Kazan Cathedral, two strip malls are established. The name says it’s all about books, but really street food, souvenirs and pleasant gifts are also here to buy.
Date: December, 1-30. 10:00 – 22:00
Address: Malaya Konyushennaya ulitsa (street)
3. Pionerskaya square
This fair is said to be the biggest as it occupies one of the biggest squares in the city. There are traditional options like street-food, drinks, souvenir, gifts and so on. An entertainment program is also available.
Date: December, 23 – January 8. 12:00 – 23:00
Address: Pionerskaya ploshchad’ (square), city center, between Pushkinskaya and Zvenigorodskaya subway stations.
4. Christmas market at the Ostrovsky square
The Ostrovsky square borders upon the Nevsky avenue and even seems to be part of it. In front of the magnificent and gorgeous building of the Alexandrinsky theater, one of the three Imperial theatres in the pre-revolutionary times (along with the Mikhailovsky and Mariinsky theatres), there will be strip malls rows of souvenirs, food, gifts, clothes, sweets etc. with a great entertainment program including concerts and tournaments.
Date: December, 21 – January, 14. 12:00 – 22:00
Address: The Ostrovsky square
5. ART-Market on the Elagin island
The Elagin island in the summer is a vast green space packed with summer activities like cycling, roller skating, jogging, boating, sunbathing etc. In the winter, a Christmas ART-Market emerges here every December to sell you hand-made thing, craft works, souvenirs, clothes and sweets.
Date: December, 15 – 29. 16.00 – 20.00 on Fridays, 12.00 – 20.00 on weekends;
January, 3 – 8. 12:00 – 20:00 daily;
January, 12 – 28. 16:00 – 20:00 on Fridays, 12:00 – 20:00 on weekends.
Address: 3, the Elagin island, the square in front of the Stable housing.
6. The Republic fest: a gastronomic festival
Welcome to the country of delicious food. The idea behind this event is simple: that’s a gathering of food producers from Russia and other CIS countries in the atmosphere of the Christmas and the New Year.
More than 100 participants will reportedly take part offering Caucasus’s cheese, Belarus’s linen and other goods and food.
Nine themed zones will be established, including an area for kids, food-court, food market, concert stage, an ice rink, and even space for lectures.
A special tip: you can buy here Russian vine (yes, it exists).
Date: December 18 – 28.
Address: 103, Bolshoy prospect V. O. (The Great avenue of the Vasilievsky island), the Lenexpo exhibition center, pavilion 4. An entrance from the Nalichnaya street.