Moscow Christmas and New Year Markets

December sees Christmas markets open their doors in Moscow. Here you can complete your Christmas shopping and enjoy custom holiday treats like mulled wine and gingerbreads. Although such markets are less popular in Russia than in Europe, they remain an essential part of celebrating Christmas and New Year in Russian cities.

Here are some of the more interesting Christmas markets in Moscow: 


Christmas Market at the Central House of Artist
Open: Daily (except Mondays) from December 9 to December 25, 11:00 to 20:00.
Location: 10/14, Krymsky Val St., Central House of Artist, exhibition halls 5, 7, 8, 9. 
: “Park Kultury”, “Oktyabrskaya”.    

More than 150 art studios, galleries, art shops and artists have been preparing all year to present their unique works at the Central House of Artists. You will be able to choose from a great variety of handicrafts, jewelry, clothes, accessories, Christmas toys and other gifts made of silver, leather, beads and stone.

Christmas Market at Crocus City
Open: Daily from December 16 to January 10, 10:00 to 22:00.
Location: 65-65 km of Moscow MKAD Ring Road, the square in front of the pavilion 3 of Crocus City. Metro: “Myakinino”.

The first European style Christmas Market in Russia starts December 16.  It brings to Moscow the best traditions of French, German and Austrian fairs.

Buy unique craft persons items and New Year gifts. Around 200 stalls, selling different products. There is a funfair for families. Special New Year performances and puppet shows. Visit one of the open cafes and taste traditional Christmas food and drinks.

Christmas Market “The Other Things”
Open: December 24-25, from 12:00 to 20:00.
Location: 4, Bolshoy Ordynsky Lane, in the gallery “White”.
Metro: “Tretyakovskaya” or “Novokuznetskaya”.

This Christmas market is organized by a well known Russian art project, “The Other Things”, which unites craftsmen and presents their works to public. The first fair was held in 2006 and aroused great interest among people. Since that moment the project has started to organize various handmade craft fairs and city festivals.
During two days at the end of December you will be able to enjoy the New Year atmosphere, to buy gifts from Russian designers.

There are various workshops which cover; New Year table decoration;
Christmas angel felting; Making papier-mâché toys for a New Year tree;
Interior Christmas decoration; Christmas cooking treats.

New Year Art Fair in Sokolniki Park
Open: December 28-30, January 4-9, from 12:00 to 22:00. Concerts will be held from 17:00 to 22:00.  Location: 1, Sokolnichesky Val St., Park Sokolniki (pavilion №2).
Metro: “Sokolniki”.

Another great winter festival called, “The Wonderful Garden” will take place in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park. It will contain a mix of art, music, original gifts, handicrafts, workshops and games.

Christmas Market at the Art Centre “Vetoshny”
Open: December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 25-30, from 13:00 to 21:00.
Location: 13, Vetoshny Lane, 4 floor, “Star Dolls” Gallery.
Metro:  “Okhotny Ryad”, “Teatralnaya”. 

The main theme of this Christmas fair is dolls, toys and childhood. The art centre will be transformed into a wonderful market, offering souvenirs, original gifts, toys and trinkets for Christmas.

Retro Style
On December 17 you will be able to enjoy the vintage atmosphere and to see the exhibition of old Christmas cards. A New Year Tree surrounded by antique toys, dolls and accessories will give you an opportunity to feel the poetry of past ages.

Soviet New Year Tree
20 years ago a Christmas toy was a real family treasure. Balls, figures of fairytale characters and glass icicles passed from generation to generation. Today Soviet toys are an art object and therefore popular among collectors. At the festival you will see the most famous Soviet New Year decorations from the private collection by Sergey Romanov. The exhibition will be supplemented with a series of old cards from the Central Children’s Museum of Postcards (St. Petersburg). 

Christmas market at the Art Centre “Vetoshny” will be working every weekend during December and this place is worth visiting during your winter travels. An added attraction is the nearby GUM shopping centre with its great mix of famous stores, cafés and restaurants.