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How to Get to Veliky Ustyug Airport
Regional airport Veliky Ustyug is located near the city of the same name in the Vologda region. Flights arrive here only twice a week. Since the residence of Father Frost (Ded Moroz) is located in Veliky Ustyug, the airport becomes especially popular during the New Year holidays.
--31-10-2018--
Felt Boots: Shoes of the Royal Palaces and Fashion Catwalks
Katanki, Valeny, Valenki, Chesanki, Samokatki, Valenukhi, Valezhki shoes made of sheep wool have many names in Russia, and their long history proves that they are not just simple winter boots. Centuries ago Russian Valenki were precious gifts and passed on from generation to generation.
--04-10-2018--
Just Shapka
Shapka (hat, cap) is the most popular winter gift from Russia. However, the cap with earflaps in frosty days turns from a souvenir into a vital necessity. No wonder, Russian shapka has a very long history.
--02-10-2018--
Skiing in Khibiny
Khibiny are a part of the territory called Lapland. That same Lapland where Niels was flying with the geese. That same Lapland, the domain of the Snow Queen. Besides, of course, the Khibiny are a country of forests and streams.
--30-09-2018--
Russian Holidays Calendar 2019
The Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation presented a new calendar of public holidays in Russia. You can plan your trip to Russia adding to agenda the New Year celebrations in Russian style or visiting parades in May.
--08-08-2018--
Meteorologists Have Found Connection Between Record-breaking Cold Weather In The U.S. And Warm Winter In Russia
The natural climatic variations were caused by so-called Rossby waves. Natural variations in climate are the reason why extreme cold in North America is accompanied by an unusually warm winter in Central Europe and the European part of Russia.
--15-01-2014--
Renewed Sheregesh Is Ready to Receive 40% More Tourists in Winter
The most popular ski resort in Siberia "Sheregesh" will receive 30-40% more tourists in this season due to the reconstruction of trails and hotels, the opening of new accommodation facilities and the improvement of the infrastructure.
--10-10-2013--
Russian Winter Games And Entertainment
When the snowflakes swirl outside the window and the weather is slightly frosty, it's time for winter entertainment. In order to enjoy the winter you need to organize your leisure time in a proper way. This can be done by trying the variety of games on the snow, snowman making and building snow fortress, playing snowballs and sledging.
--11-12-2012--
Russian Winter: Christmas Fairs In Yekaterinburg
Mass open-air celebrations, concerts, shows, entertainment for every taste, a great variety of gifts, and competitions in winter sports await the guests and citizens of Yekaterinburg at the Christmas fairs. The city pleases everyone with many New Year's surprises.
--10-12-2012--
Surviving the Russian Winter: 5 Tips To Stay Healthy and Avoid the Winter Blues
In the season famous for soft snow, festivities, and skating rinks you want to take a full advantage of the good moments. But beware: colds, bruises, and depression await for the unprepared. So brace yourself with our quick guide to surviving the winter in Russia.HAWNNU4NYRJT
--28-11-2012--
City Hunter: Visiting A Reindeer Farm
I always wanted to touch a fairytale and to feel a little New Year magic. And I finally did it at the end of January, in a village of Antsiferovo, located in Moscow region. My fairytale was full of snow, white and brown Christmas reindeers, hot mulled wine and traditions of indigenous north people. Today I would like to share with you my report from the only private reindeer farm hidden in a rural Moscow suburb.
--13-02-2012--
Best Russian Movies about Winter Time and Holidays
Winter with all the holidays during this time of the year is very important part in lives of all Russian people. So no wonder that Russian cinematograph has created so many good movies dedicated to this period. Today we'll tell you about the best examples. Some of them are about New Year, some about Christmas, some are just classical fairy tales in winter decorations. But all these films create good and warm mood in every snowy and frosty day. Enjoy!
--13-01-2012--
Russian New Year and Christmas Songs
Nothing brings a special holiday mood as well as New Year and Christmas songs. In this article we'll tell you about the most popular holiday songs among Russian people. These song are usually come from our favourite movies or cartoons and stay with us for many years helping to celebrate merry winter holidays happily. So let's go, the music is waiting for you!
--30-12-2011--
City Hunter: Russian Winter Museums
Even when the weather is cold, there are plenty of interesting activities to keep yourself and your family entertained. If you are looking for some interesting ideas, we recommend you to visit one of the three museums, described in the article. Winter season is the best time to go there and to have much fun.
--13-02-2012--
10 Symbols and Traditions of Russian New Year
New Year is a favourite holiday of Russian people. No other event has so many symbols, customs, traditions. As the general rules for that holiday are equal to almost all the countries, in Russia New Year has its own unique face. It is a very interesting blend of secular, Soviet, orthodox and pagan traditions. Do you want to know more? Well, let's go!
--28-12-2011--
Russian Vintage Christmas Cards
Today we would like to share with you an exciting gallery of old Russian Christmas cards. These vintage pictures reflect unique Russian traditions and present the beautiful art of card making in the country.
--27-12-2011--
Russian Winter: Skating in Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is rich with leisure activities for New Year holidays. You can go to museums and Christmas fairs, drink hot tea in cozy cafes or make the most of winter by visiting an ice skating rink. In this article you will find useful information about some of outdoor ice rinks in Yekaterinburg.
--27-12-2011--
Beautiful Poems About Russian Winter
Russian winter is not just a very cold weather with frost and snow. It is a beautiful and even romantic time, which always was an inspiration for many Russian writers, poets, artists and musicians. Their works help people to understand not only charm of Russian winter, but to get to know peculiarity of mysterious Russian soul. Today we'll proudly show you some poems about Russian winter by the best Russian poets in English translation. Enjoy!
--21-12-2011--
Russian Winter: Christmas Markets in St. Petersburg
Christmas markets in Russia are becoming more and more popular each year. We continue to explore the topic and today present you a guide to the most colourful events and original winter fairs in St.Petersburg.
--05-01-2012--
Russian Winter: Skating in St. Petersburg
If you are going to visit St. Petersburg during this winter season, dont forget to come to an ice rink and enjoy skating in this picturesque city.
--04-01-2012--
Russian Winter on the Maps
As we are writing about Russian winter activities and events, we also put them on the map, marked with lovely blue snowflakes or skiers. Here, then, comes a snowfall of flakes and skiers, as we bring all the Russian Winter maps in one article.
--21-12-2011--
Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden)
Snegurochka, i.e. Snow Maiden, is an indispensable New Year's character from Russian fairy tales, the charming granddaughter of Father Frost, his constant companion and assistant. Sometimes she is depicted as a little girl, and sometimes as a young lady.
--13-12-2011--
Top Russian Winter Destinations
Winter is a great time to start exploring Russia. We have prepared a digest of our most popular articles, dedicated to Russian winter activities, adventure holidays and extreme tourism.
--05-01-2012--
Old Soviet Christmas-tree Decorations
There are so many beautiful Christmas-tree decorations in modern shops, so why do the Russian people love their old Soviet toys so much and hand them on Christmas trees every year? They are not so beautiful and bright, so what is so charming about them? Read our article with colourful photos and you will see...
--14-12-2011--
Russian Winter: Christmas Markets and Fairs in Moscow
The winter holiday season in the city is not so cheerful and festive without the traditional Christmas markets that spring up each year. We are glad to present you a guide to several Moscow spots, where you can buy handcrafted gifts and enjoy beautiful New Year atmosphere.
--16-12-2011--
Old Soviet New Year's Postcards
The story of the Soviet New Year's postcards is a story of millions of Russian people, the breath of discrepant, but still great epoch. In this article we will show you a very colourful gallery of the most remarkable examples of the Soviet New Year's cards. Enjoy!
--08-12-2011--
Russian Winter: Best Ice Skating Rinks in Moscow
The winter has finally come to the city and it's time to get your skates on. Find out where to go skating in Moscow and how to spend your Christmas holidays.
--18-01-2017--
Russian Winter Season: A Digest of Russia-InfoCentre Features about the Festivities
This season we decided to help you glide through the Russian winter. The forecasters promise us a "European" winter, meaning it is going to be mild, but the holiday season is nearing, and we wanted to feel the festival glee and to share it with you. So, here is what we have already written about the Russian traditions of celebrating the New Year and Christmas.
--02-12-2011--
Russian Far East in Winter: Amur tigers, non-sleeping bears and frontier between yesterday and today
Russian Far East, discovered by Russians in 16th century is still at most an enigma for a European. Far East is a kingdom of fire breathing volcanoes and geysers, deep blue mountains and exotic animals, - white and brown bears, and of course, Amur tigers. Brown bears dont sleep in Kamchatka, and salmon species come here for spawning even in winter. There are some big cities here, but at the same time people still live in yurts and their best transport is reindeer and dog sleds. Here are some examples of winter activities on the Russian Far East.
--20-12-2011--
Kamchatka in winter
Kamchatka belongs to travel destinations which don't need any special introduction. Volcanoes, geysers, thermal springs and marvelous wildlife - all of it attracts travelers from Russia and abroad. But there is lack of information about this region: we know more about missing tourists, mainly independent travelers, who neglected professional tour services which however exist. Thermal springs and active volcanoes make seasons on Kamchatka something relative, but there are some special winter things to do there.
--31-01-2011--
All about Baikal winter holidays
Baikal Lake is a unique place on the Earth with crystal water and breathtaking landscapes. The local public calls it The Sea. Most people think Baikal is a place to go in summer only, when it is not so cold and when it is possible to sail the lake. If the question is sailing and rafting on the rivers, they are right. But if we speak about winter outdoor activities, like jeep, snow mobile and dog sleds safari, skiing and mountain skiing on the rocky shore, with many wild slopes for free riders, ice fishing and ice diving.
--24-01-2011--
Russian North snowmobile safari: Kalevala, Kizhi and beauty of Polar Night
Snowmobile safari is the most popular kind of winter leisure in Republic of Karelia. It is amazing winter leisure in combination with visito Kalevala, where Karelo-Finnish epos originates and specific Russian exotic like wooden churches of Kizhi. There are also special Polar Night safari tours in Murmansk Region, also popular last time.
--20-01-2011--
Tradition of Merry Russian Sleighing
Sleighing has been a traditional Russian winter entertainment, especially popular during Christmas-tide, Maslenitsa (Pancake week), and saints days.
--28-08-2011--
Ice-diving in Karelia: high season despite winter
Here in White Sea, all sea flora and fauna appear in all their glory in unusually crystal water, with 50 meters visibility, and all of it happens under arches and vaults of ice, forming fantastic and surrealistic forms.
--27-09-2012--
Skating in Moscow: where to go?
After a few warm almost snowless winters we are finally having one looking like winter. It means that skiing and skating is possible again. Skating is one of the traditional Russian winter outdoor activities. The rinks appear again in the yards for skating and playing hockey. These are like for the private use of the people living in neighboring houses. There are also public open rinks in the centre of Moscow, where there are rental stores, check-room and related services like skates grinding. I tell you about some of them.
--11-11-2010--
Happy Old New Year!
Sounds strange, doesn't it? For Russia it is quite OK. Comrade Lenin had no idea of the present he was giving to many generation ahead, when signing the decree On introducing the West European calendar in the Republic of Russia on January 24, 1918. He presented the Russians with the unique holiday of the Old New Year! How naive he was supposing that we would celebrate the New Year like all the rest, only by the Gregorian calendar!
--28-08-2011--
Merry Russian Christmas
Christmas in Russia strangely falls on January 7 and not on December 25 like in Europe and all Catholic and Protestant countries, since the Orthodox Church of Russia still adheres to the Julian calendar. Hence the confusing matter with the New Year, which precedes Russian Christmas instead of following it and, moreover, interferes with the traditional Christmas fast.
--28-08-2011--
RUSSIAN NEW YEAR
New Year is the main holiday of the year in Russia the most welcome and the most beautiful one, rich in history, fascinating traditions and amusing customs.
--28-08-2011--
Russia in winter: not to get cold and bored
Drinking vodka in order to warm up is out of fashion now. Despite being cold, Russian winters can offer a lot to all willing to spend a nice and merry time.
--07-12-2006--


News:

Altai Wintering Festival
The beginning of winter tourist season in the Altai Territory will be celebrated at the Altai Wintering festival, timed to the arrival of the whooper swans to a non-freezing lake in Sovetsky district.
--16-11-2018--
How to Choose a Warm Jacket for Russian Winter
The representatives of Russian Quality System told how to choose a warm jacket for the winter. Experts believe that people with allergies should not buy clothes with natural fillers - down and feathers.
--09-11-2018--
The First Cable Car will Start Operating in Sheregesh Ski Resort (Sector B)
The first and so far the only cable car Mustag 4 in the developing sector B of the Sheregesh ski resort will start operating in the new season.
--31-10-2018--
The First D-Line Cable Car in Russia will be Built in Sochi
The Austrian company Doppelmayr plans to build and put into operation the cable car of the new generation D-Line in Sochi at the Rosa Khutor resort for the winter season 2019-2020.
--29-10-2018--
A New Ski Slope will Open in the Western Part of Moscow
The length of the slope will make up 60 meters.
--26-10-2018--
The Highest Mountain Skiing Track in the Altai Territory will Appear near Belokurikha
The tracks will operate on the Mishina Mountain.
--04-10-2018--
Winter Hotel of the Stauropegic Valaam Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour will be Commissioned in 2019
The restoration of the building has become possible due to the inclusion of the project into a target program.
--25-07-2018--
The Fun Slide At the ENEA Is Not Affected By Weather Changes
A tubing slide 8 meters high and 35 meters long operates next to the skating rink at the ENEA on the site between the pavilion No. 64 Optics and the food court.
--28-01-2015--
Altai Wintering Festival
A festival dedicated to the beginning of the winter tourist season called Altai Wintering will be held in the Altai Krai (Altaisky, Smolensky, Soloneshensky, Sovetsky districts) on December 12-13, 2014.
--10-12-2014--
Warm Weather in Sochi Makes Changes in Olympic Program
The first change have been brought to the Olympic schedule on Thursday, February 13, with the mens super combined skiing brought forward due to an abnormal high temperature in the Sochi mountains.
--13-02-2014--
Thousands of People Bathe in Icy Water on Epiphany in Moscow
About 82,000 Muscovites took traditional icy bathes to mark the Epiphany early Saturday, as air temperature in the city was at minus 13 degrees Celsius (+ 8.6 Fahrenheit).
--19-01-2013--
Russian Orthodox Believers Celebrate Christmas
Many thousands Russian orthodox believers gathered on the night on January 7 in churches to attend Christmas services.
--07-01-2013--
A 4-meter High Ice Sculpture of St. George
The ice sculpture of the patron saint of the capital St. George - was opened at the Revolution Square within the frame of the folk arts and crafts festival "Russian winter".
--30-12-2012--
Moscow Museums Will Work For Free On the New Year Holidays
Moscow museums and galleries will work for free during the Christmas holidays for the second year in a row.
--30-12-2012--
Send a Letter With Santa Claus From Moscow Christmas Fair
Visitors to Christmas Fair at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre will be able to participate in master classes, skate for free, buy natural wax hand-painted candles and dispatch greetings cards with a special Santa Claus postal service.
--24-11-2012--
Ice Golf Tournament to be Held on Baikal
The 8th golf tournament will be held on the ice of Lake Baikal near the settlement of Listvyanka March 24-25, 2012.
--21-03-2012--
Norway Will Hold a Ski Festival in St.Petersburg
A ski festival, organized by the Norwegian Council for Tourism, the Bergans company and the Ski and Snowboard Federation, will take place in St. Petersburg February 18, 2012. Winter sports enthusiasts are welcomed to visit the "Okhta-park" from 11.00 to 15.00.
--13-02-2012--
Russian Cows Wear Fur Bras in Winter
Cows in Russia's Republic of Yakutia have been equipped with hand-made fur bras to help survive the biting cold.
--17-01-2012--
Winter Motofestival to be Held in Samara Region
Winter motofestival Snowdogs 2012 will take place in Togliatti, Samara region January 20-22, 2012. The first ice world championship of unimotorcycle drag racing will be held during the festival.
--13-01-2012--
Moroz City Opened in Sokolniki Park
An ice town Moroz City has been opened in Sokolniki Park in Moscow. The attraction, built within the scope of the youth architectural festival, is interesting for both adults and children.
--12-01-2012--
Russia Will Take Part in World Snow Day
Russia ia among 39 countries, which are going to participate in the first World Snow Day, initiated by the International Ski Federation. The event will be held January 22, 2012.
--12-01-2012--
Winter Palace to Appear in Russia
The social project The Fairytale Map of Russia has created one more tourist route Arkhangelsk region is now considered to be a home to Winter from Russian folk tales.
--11-01-2012--
Funny Ski Holidays in Moscow
Big ski festival "KrylatSki New Year" will be held in Moscow, on January 14. The event will take place on the territory of athletic and ecological complex "Lata Track" in the Krylatskoye district.
--09-01-2012--
New Year Carnival to be Held in Elbrus Region
Winter carnival, colorful ski show and best costume contest will be offered to visitors of the Elbrus region on New Year's Day.
--28-12-2011--
Nizhny Novgorod to Prepare for Winter Holiday Season
Christmas and New Year entertainment programs will be presented in different parts of Nizhny Novgorod during winter holidays in Russia.
--23-12-2011--
Christmas Reindeer Came to Moscow
A reindeer named Sakha Khotoy has come to Moscow from Yakutia om Wednesday night. He will take part in New Year celebrations in Sokolniki Park.
--23-12-2011--
Sober New Year in the Central Moscow
If you want to celebrate New Year's Eve on Moscow streets, you should prepare for the sober holiday, as the authorities decided to ban the sale of alcohol in the city centre on New Year's Eve night.
--23-12-2011--
Moscow Is Covered With Snow
Two days running Moscow and a number of other cities are paralyzed by the huge amount of snow. The first serious snowfall of this winter was marked by record-breaking traffic jams.
--22-12-2011--
Christmas-tree Markets Open in Russia
On December 20, thousands of Christmas firtree markets opened in all Russian cities and big villages. Only in Moscow there are more than 300 places to buy a natural green tree.
--22-12-2011--
Yevgeni Mironov Brings New Year Presents to Disabled Children
The Russian actor Yevgeni Mironov, a co-founder of the Artist Charity Fund, has lent his support to disabled children who spend their New Year at the federal centre for prosthetic treatment in St. Petersburg.
--21-12-2011--
Snowmobile Tour Offered in Caucasian Reserve
The Western Caucasus aims to attract new tourists. This winter season visitors will be offered a snowmobile eco-tour in the Caucasian State Biosphere Reserve.
--19-12-2011--
Post Boxes for Letters to Ded Moroz to Appear in Russia
Special post boxes accepting only letters to Ded Moroz (Russian Santa Claus) will appear in Moscow parks. There will be two types of boxes for children and for adults as well.
--14-12-2011--
Christmas Workshops for Children Offered at Winzavod
Don't forget about your children during winter holidays in Russia and visit one of the creative Christmas workshops that will take place on the territory of Winzavod Centre of Contemporary Art.
--14-12-2011--
The Best Place for Christmas is Home
The recent poll opinion has found out the Russians' favourite places for spending their New Year and Christmas holidays.
--12-12-2011--
Tourists Can Enjoy Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Moscow
Tourists will be able to enjoy exciting horse-drawn sleigh rides during winter holidays in Moscow. Warm blankets, sounds of bells, parks covered with snow what can be more romantic and relaxing?
--05-12-2011--
Christmas Festival Russian Winter to Start in Moscow
Today the annual Christmas festival Russian winter will be opened in the centre of Moscow, at Revolution Square.
--01-12-2011--
The Highest Christmas Tree to Be Set Up in Caucasus
The highest Christmas Tree in the Northern Caucasus will be set up in the city of Grozny.
--01-12-2011--
How to Celebrate New Year on Baikal Lake
It is time to think about the approaching New Year holidays. You can spend it at home with your family, visit Moscow museums that will be free during the winter time or have the most extraordinary New Year and enjoy Baikal adventures in Siberia.
--29-11-2011--
12-Metres-High Ded Moroz is Ready to Fulfil Wishes
For the third time before Christmas and New Year people in Chelyabinsk dress the 12-metres monument in a costume of Ded Moroz and make wishes.
--28-11-2011--
Irkutsk Citizens to Hand Make Felt New Year Presents
With the New Year holidays approaching, we already wonder what presents to give to our friends and relatives. So, why not take the citizens of Irkutsk as example and give out felt pressies you've made yourself?
--28-11-2011--
How to Overcome Russian Cold Weather
Russia is famous for its severe winter, but even in extreme cold you can greatly simplify your life by following some advice during your travel.
--25-11-2011--
Snow Paralyzed Traffic in Moscow
First snow that came to the capital has caused huge traffic jams.
--09-11-2011--





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