New Year in Moscow

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There are a lot of reasons to love New Year in Moscow.

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A New Year Tree and the Marshal Zhukov monument (2009)

Here’s a lovely post (not mine) about some Russian New Year traditions.  I was going to write about this myself, but I couldn’t possibly have done a better job than Yulia has done.  So pop over to her blog and read about it there.  While you’re there, have a look around, I think you’ll like it there.  Then come back here, ok?

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What is there to love about New Year?

  • Snow (it’s winter here, remember!)
  • The President’s speech on TV (even though I understand almost nothing!)
  • Mandarins (a Russian tradition)
  • Cold, cold weather (the colder the better)
  • Wearing my favourite winter hat (because it’s cold enough for it)
  • Long January holidays (for travelling, or for staying in Moscow and sleeping in everyday)
  • Champagne (because it’s Champagne – or, rather, Sovetskoye Shampanskoye)
  • Going into the street at midnight and playing in the snow (ok, it’s not a tradition, but we’ve done this a few times and it’s so much fun!)
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A New Year Tree with some famous Moscow landmarks (2017)

And, the other thing I love about New Year in Moscow are the New Year Trees that pop up all over the city.  In the streets, inside and outside shops, in squares and parks.  Some of them are absolutely huge.

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A New Year Tree in Victory Park (2009)

And some of them are small, like this one outside our flat a couple of years ago.

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Someone decorated the yard near the playground outside our flat with a New Year Tree (2017)

And it’s even better when it’s been snowing and they’re all covered in snow.  It’s magical.

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Snow covered New Year Tree (2011)
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A small but snowy New Year Tree (2009)

And then there are some completely unexpected New Year Trees that you see when you’re out for a walk.  I didn’t find out the story of these ones, but they completely brighten up the grey neighbourhood.

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A splash of colour in a grey winter street (2018)

If you’re reading this from somewhere other than Moscow or Russia, you may not have experienced New Year Trees (or Christmas trees) in such abundance and outside covered in snow.  I know that those of you in my home country, Australia, can only imagine what it’s like here (why don’t you come for a visit, by the way?).

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Some of them are ‘sponsored’, like this one.  It’s decorated with a brand of condensed milk.

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A New Year Tree decorated with condensed milk cans, every Russian knows this brand! (2009)

So, here are some more beautiful examples of New Year Trees that I’ve seen and taken photos of over the years.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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The Russian Duma (2017)
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A New Year Tree in Park Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo (2014)
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In front of the FSB building, Lubyanka (2018)
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A New Year Tree with snow (2009)
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And a bright and colourful New Year Tree (2011)

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!!!  I’ll be back after the holidays!

~ Cheryl

Do you enjoy reading about Moscow and Russia?  Then take a look at my other posts where you’ll read about where to eat cheaply in Moscowwhat it’s like living in Moscow in 2018 and how Moscow is a 24 hours city.  Enjoy!

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Author: Cheryl

I'm an Australian woman who is now living in a village in rural Bulgaria. I lived for 12 years in Moscow, Russian Federation, working as an English language teacher. My current loves are my husband and my vegetable garden.

8 thoughts on “New Year in Moscow”

  1. Would love to celebrate this New Year in Moscow! There’s no snow here, in Germany, and (what’s more important) no 10-days vacations! I’ve heard that Moscow is decorated really lavishly for New Year and is on par with the European capitals.


    1. Oh, Yulia! You know that Moscow is so beautiful this time of year 🙂 And the 10 days holidays are a bonus! Yes, the decorations are amazing, they seem to get better each year. And snow is a definite must for new year! Somehow photos don’t show how beautiful it really is here, you have to be here to see it for yourself. Maybe you’ll spend next New Year in Moscow?? Happy New Year!!


    1. Hello Denise, thanks for your kind words. I agree that there’s always tomorrow, so keep Moscow on your list (make it number 1!) and do everything you can to get there, it’s amazing! In the meantime, I hope that life for you and your family is going well right now. Wishing you the best for the holiday season. Cheryl


  2. Christmas trees and lights are one of my fav things to see this time of the year! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 37 for Christmas Trees and Light Displays, open until December 27 at 12:05 am. Shared on social media.


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