This February Russian winter activities include several celebrations and a number of temporary exhibitions at local museums. Here are five things you can do before spring comes.
1. Sample Taste Russian Blini (Pancakes).
Celebrate Shrovetide (a.k.a. Pancake Week) in St. Petersburg. This year it falls on the week from February 10 till February 18. One of the pedestrian streets – M. Konyushennaya – will host a festive fair. Tents, kiosks and stands of all kinds will serve rich Russian pancakes with a considerable choice of savoury and sweet fillings. On Saturday and Sunday traditional Russian races and contests will be conducted – you can participate or just watch. A variety of Russian handicraft masterclasses will be offered – you can try your hand is painting a matryoshka doll!
Dates: February 10-18
Location: Malaya Konuyshennaya Street
2. Fall in Love on St. Valentine’s Day.
Welcome to St. Petersburg Fairytale Garden to enjoy a romantic outdoor festival. Entertainment area and funny contests, wall with love declarations and love post, light and lazer shows, hundreds of heart-shaped balloons floating in the air and many other entertainments will add to your list of things to do in St. Petersburg in February.
Dates: February 10, 11, 14
Location: Fairytale Garden – 149, Obukhovskoy Oborony Prospect
3. Enjoy the Ice Miracle
Ice Sculpture exhibition at Moscow Square has become traditional. Irrespective of the weather, it is one of the Russian winter activities for kids. Each December over 200 tons of pure ice are brought from Siberia to turn into the characters of Alexander Pushkin fairytales, Russian folk stories and famous cartoons. Here your kids can play on the ice slides and try to find their way through the ice maze. A special refrigerator tent will keep the unforgettable ice masterpieces alive till the beginning of March.
Location: Moskovskaya Square
4. Have a Go in Skating.
Skating can be a good mix to the traditional St. Petersburg culture crawl. There are several nice open-air skating rinks downtown. One of them is located in the historic area, on the grounds of New Holland. The other site is well-known to everyone working in tourism – Passenger Prot “Marine Façade”, that is empty without cruise ships. A big skating rink is laid out at the 1st cruise ship pier.
Okhta-park is famous among locals, this entertainment park focuses on Russian winter activities, and you can skate, ski or just take a walk and a dozen of pictures, enjoy the snow-forts and build a snowman yourself. For families with kids it can be a whole day adventure.
5. Go Arctic.
The Museum of Arctic and Antarctic Regions hosts a temporary exhibition dedicated to ice-breakers and Northern Sea Route exploration history. Over 60 photos from the archives depict development of the Arctic navigation from 1930ies till present day.
Dates: on till 28.02.2018
Location: Museum of Arctic and Antarctic Regions. 24a, Marata Street.