The season of Christmas and New Year fairs has started in St Petersburg. In this article you’ll find a list of St Petersburg main fairs, which will be open at the end of December 2018 and during New Year holidays, which will last until the 8th of January.
Fair On Pionerskaya Square
This is the official city fair organized usually in a big way by the city government: the New Year Fair location is complemented by concerts, competitions for children, processions, etc. All in all, they promise 158 pavilions, and if you spend a minute for each, you can hang for two and a half hours at least.
Nearest subway stations: Pushkinskaya, Zvenigorodskaya
Dates: 22 December 2018 — 7 January 2019
Working hours: 12.00-21.00.
Fair On Ostrovsky Square
The most central and conveniently located fair, however, for this reason, the most crowded; and one of the longest – until the 14th of January. The fair location, by the way, will work even on the New Year’s Eve – until 3 a.m.
Here, as well as on Ostrovsky square, they promise a brisk trade in souvenirs, gifts, sweets, pastries, mittens, socks, figurines made of clay and metal, and jewelry. They will pour tea, coffee, mulled wine and show theatrical performances, sing and dance.
Nearest subway stations: Gostiny Dvor / Nevsky Prospect
Dates: 21 December 2018 — 5 January 2019
Working hours: 12.00-22.00
Christmas Charity Market In Annenkirche Church
It is the most atmospheric fair of the city. The setting is amazing! Burnt and dilapidated Lutheran Church, uncovered walls, twilight, the grand staircase rising directly to the glowing cross… a huge hall with a second tier on the sides… – everything is as in a movie.
Christmas Charity Market promises to give the true spirit of Christmas, and it is easy to believe in it: Christmas is an originally religious holiday, so where to spend it if not in a church… Architectural setting will be complemented by the performances of musicians and choristers who will perform Christmas songs. And acoustics in Annenkirche is amazing…
Address: Kirochnaya street, 8 V
Nearest subway station: Chernyshevskaya
Dates: 20 – 23 December 2018
Working hours: 12.00 — 20.00
Yelagin Island (TsPKiO imeni Kirova/ Kirov Central Park Of Culture And Recreation)
The fair on Yelagin island has significant differences from its competitors. Firstly, it is held for a month and a half with small breaks. Secondly, it takes longer to get to it than anywhere else. Thirdly, a lot of activities are held on Yelagin island during the holidays. At last, it is a beautiful place even without any entertainment, a lot of people come here just to walk.
Address: Yelagin island, square near Stables
Nearest subway station: Staraya Derevnya
Dates and times:
14 — 30 December 2018: Friday 15:00 — 20:00; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 — 20:00
2 — 8 January 2019: daily 12:00 — 20:00;
11 — 27 January 2019: Friday 15:00 — 20:00; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 — 20:00
Entrance: adult visitors pay 100 roubles for entrance to the park.
Fair On New Holland Island
New Holland is a chicly built island in the center of St. Petersburg with renovated old buildings for economic and warehouse purposes. One of these buildings is called «The Bottle». It is round with an empty center inside, just like a bottle neck. The center is a courtyard, comfortably protected from the Northern winds by walls. There you’ll find an eight-meter Christmas tree and 14 stalls with gifts, souvenirs and confectionery.
The organizers will also arrange performances of street orchestras, show the Nutcracker ballet on a big screen and hold several fun events, including charity ones. In addition, the New Holland has a large ice rink.
Address: 2 Almiralteysky canal embankment
Nearest subway station: Admiralteyskaya
Dates and times:
25-30 December: 12.00-21.00
31 December: 12.00-19.00
1 January: 12. 00-22.00
2-8 January: 11.00-22.00
Fair In Etazhi Loft Project
Pajamas, knitted toys, wooden sets, decorations for the Christmas tree, author’s jewelry — all these will be in the Etazhi (Floors) loft project. Gifts, accessories, sweets… Two weekends in the city centre.
Etazhi is a perfect choice because after them or before them you can look into the nearby «Gallery» shopping center, which is worth visiting either (see below).
Address: 74, the 2nd floor, Ligovsky prospect
Nearest subway station: Ligovsky Prospect
Dates: 22, 23, 29 and 30 December 2018
Working hours: 11.00-21.00
Christmas Bazaar In The «Gallery» Mall
«Gallery» knows how to celebrate New Year and Christmas, and its area is an advantage. The territory of the Southern atrium allows to accommodate one of the largest indoor fairs in the city.
In addition, on January 13, the «Gallery» will raffle among those who will have bought (in the shops of the center, not at the fair) goods for more than 10,000 roubles, four prizes: two Mini Cooper cars, three iPhone XR and 100,000 roubles for shopping.
Address: 30A Ligovsky prospect
Nearest subway station: Ploschad Vosstaniya
Dates: until the 8th of January
Working hours: 08.00 — 23.00, except holidays: December 24 — 30 from 10. 00 to 00.00, December 31 – from 10.00 to 21.00, January 1 – from 13.00 to 23.00.
«Intelligent Flea Market» In Lumiere Hall
Two gas holders (buildings in the form of a dome, previously used for gas storage), connected by a passage, is an ideal place for an unusual fair. Two hundred designers will come here, and not only from St. Petersburg. One gas tank will be given for jewelry and clothes, and the other – for food. There will also be master classes, a photo zone and other curious entertainments to justify the word «intelligent» in the name.
Address: 74A Obvodny Canal
Nearest subway station: Obvodny Canal
Dates: 22 – 23 December
Working hours: 12.00-21.00
Winterfest In The Passenger Port
Last time the fair in the Sea Facade failed miserably: there were only a few buildings on the street, there was almost no entertainment inside, and the skating rink never froze because of the warm weather.
In 2019, we hope the organizers will breathe more life into their idea. At least, so it is promised though there is still no detailed program (as of December 15). If there is a skating rink, it will be not bad… Anyway, you have been warned.
Address: Bank of the Neva Bay VO, building 1, marine station №4
Nearest subway station: Primorskaya, then by bus №158. Read our post on how to get to the Marine Façade and from the Marine Façade to the city center.
Date: 2 – 7 January, 2019
Working hours: 12.00 — 22.00
Boom Freedom Bazaar
The market in the Freedom location emanates sweetness: Belgian chocolate, crispy wafer rolls, «hot, spicy and a cheeky mulled wine» (this is a quote), fragrant and viscous hot chocolate and a delicate cocoa with marshmallows are good reasons to come, as well as jewelry, souvenirs, ceramics, clothing and more with a pleasant musical and coffee accompaniment. And pay attention to the work hours!
Address: 7 Kazanskaya street
Nearest subway station: Nevsky Prospect\Gostiniy Dvor
Dates: 29 – 30 December
from 15.00 on December 29 to 03.00 on December 30
and from 15.00 on December 30 to 03.00 on December 31, i.e. two 12-hour “marathons”
«O, Da! Eda!» In The New Year’s Fair Format
A festival, whose name is translated as «O, Yes! Food!» and which is traditionally held in summer, is now organized in Christmas scenery, since the formats are close. As usually, the festival arranges a lot of different activities to shake the filled bellies of visitors.
Address: 35, Nevsky prospect, courtyard of Bolshoi Gostiny Dvor
Nearest subway stations: Gostiny Dvor, Nevsky Prospect
Dates: 22 — 23 December
Working hours: 12.00 – 21.00