During the New Year holidays, many Sverdlovsk residents planned to escape from the dullness of Yekaterinburg to the elegant and romantic atmosphere of St. Petersburg, however,heavy quarantine restrictions were introduced there at that time. The authorities stated directly that they were not expecting guests during the New Year holidays. If you bought non-refundable tickets, waited for this trip for a whole year and intend to admire the Northern capitalat all costs, we will tell you where you can enjoy walks besidesPalace Square and Nevsky Prospect, as well as take festive photos amidstChristmas lights.
“New Holland” Park
2 Admiralty Canal Embankment
Opening hours of the park: Monday to Thursday – from 10:30 a.m. till 10:00 p.m., Friday to Sunday – 10:30 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. Free admission.
This is the only man-made island in St. Petersburg and a true art object in the heart of the city. Access to the island has been closed for 150 years, but since 2011 it has become a venue for culture and art festivals, various events and occasions.
In winter, you can go ice skating, take festive photos and visit the Christmas market here. As for food, no one will be left hungry: in the park you can try Japanese and Georgian cuisine, go to an Israeli street food bar, eat a classic burger with a marbled beef cutlet or a vegeburger with a quinoa patty and tempeh, drink homemade liqueurs and have a bite of handmade dumplings.
There are four historical buildings on the island: the Foundry, the Commandant’s House, the Bottle House (the one withrestaurants and shops), House 12.
What was going on here 150 years ago? According to history, the ships of the Soviet fleet were designed and tested in New Holland, and there was even a prison located here, its buildinground in shape. It was for the shape that it was named “bottle”, and the Russian expression “don’t get into the bottle”originates from it.
During the Great Patriotic War, the buildings were badly damaged, and for a long time they fell into disuse and disrepair and stood empty. In 2011, the island was vitalizedand a center of attraction for townspeople and tourists was created from ruin.
The history of New Holland dates back to Peter I’sfounding of St. Petersburg. You can take an audio guide around the island and learn more about the history of this amazing place. It is almost pointless to describe it, you justneed tovisit it.
Vasilievsky Island harbor, 40 Kozhevennaya line
For many, the sea is a memory of their vacation, the most pleasant and desirable place. In St. Petersburg, you can also take a walk by the sea in the new public space “Sevkabel Port”. It is located on the historical territory of a cable factory. In 2016, the factory was modernized, and a cultural and business space with grounds for citizens and cultural events was created on the vacated area.
From December 18 to January 10, a New Year’s market is open in Port, where you can buy hot food, beautiful Christmas ornaments, kitchenware and other holidaygifts.
Here you can admire the Gulf of Finland, drink hot coffee or mulled wine, grab a snack in small cafes and go ice skating. One of the main perks of this place is an ice rink by the sea with free skating training sessions.
Lakhtinsky prospect, 2, bldg. 3
You have probably heard of the corncob-shaped tower,the second tallest structure in Russia (462 meters) that belongs to Gazprom. It is located in the historical part of the Northern capital.
It is worth coming here to see the skyscraper with one`s own eyes and take great photos. If you look closely, you will notice that the tower seems to spin around its axis. The effect is created by the fact that each new floor base is misaligned with the previous one by almost one degree.
The construction of the public and business complex began in 2012, finishing work inside is still under way. The Lakhta Center is going to house the headquarters of Gazprom.
This creative space of St. Petersburg will make you feel cozy and at home. It would seem that it is just a courtyard in the middle ofa cluster of houses, where handicraft shops, cafes, a hotel and a couple of other useful places are located.
However here you can definitely count on a delicious meal, have a small photo session, climb onto the roof, and in cold weather take a cup of fragrant mulled wine to go. They have already decorated the courtyard for the New Year`s Eve. Before the coronavirus epidemic, events, performances and master classes were held here, but even nowthe place is worth dropping by.
House of Books (SingerHouse)
Nevsky prospect, 28
Yes, this is the very same tower with a glass globe, one of the most beautiful postcard viewsof St. Petersburg. Most likely, you have already seen this building.Do you know that there are many interesting things inside?
On the one hand, it is a famous bookstore with a large selection of literature and unusual gifts to any taste and budget, on the other, it is a perfect photo zone. In the House of Books you can go on a guided tour which includes a visit to the observation deck, as well as have a cup of coffee enjoying the most inspiring view. The Singer cafe is located on the second floor of the House of Books. Huge panoramic windows overlooking Kazansky Cathedral and Nevsky Prospect will definitely not leave you indifferent, but be prepared that there are many photo hunters at any time of the year, and queues often line up in the cafe. By the way, it is there that the VKontakte office is located with a lounge zone in the glass tower and a meeting room decorated as a torture chamber.
We remind you that from December 30, 2020 to January 3, 2021 all restaurants, bars, cafes are closed. From 25 to 29 December and from 4 to 10 January, eating out isallowed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exception is cafes and restaurants at the airport, railway stations and gas stations. Takeaway anddelivery servicesare permitted to function. Public entertainment is also banned, during the holidays from December 30 to January 10, museums and theaters are closed, excursions are prohibited, aquariums and water parks have been closed since December 4.
The article was createdas a result of a series of 5 press tours that took place from November 28 to December 7, 2020 in the Northern capital. It was attended by 50 journalists and bloggers from different regions of Russia.