Market by the Sea

Some traditions never get old, like getting in the festive spirit at local holiday markets. While walking around the beautiful stalls of Market by the Sea, you’re simply bound to find amazing gifts and souvenirs for all your friends and family members, as well as feel the atmosphere of the upcoming holidays and treat yourself to some holiday trinkets and, of course, delicious local food. It’s also a great place to spend some quality time with your friends and sing along to the best Christmas songs.

Christmas Fair at Manezhnaya Square

What can be better than one festive market? Right, two festive markets. This year, Manezhnaya Square will once again be filled with wooden stalls decorated with ornaments and multicolored lights, photo zones, and a Christmas tree. Here, you’ll find everything – from handmade Christmas tree decorations and sweet souvenirs to warm clothes and carnival costumes. And traditionally, during market days, you’ll have the chance to see St. Petersburg gearing up for its New Year festivities.

Festival of New Chinese Film

  • December 17-21
  • Aurora cinema
  • 250-450 rubles

There are many ways to engage with and immerse yourself in other cultures without the need to travel around the globe in the middle of a pandemic – and one such way is through movie festivals. The organizers of the New Chinese Film Festival tried to present a diverse program so that viewers could appreciate the current trends of contemporary Asian cinema in full. The movies focus on a wide range of subjects: the conflict between the internet and the countryside, age-old legends, families living in the Tibetan wilderness, and paths to dreams that often come through pain. If you’re a true movie lover and enjoy the new, grab your mask, take a seat – and let yourself be impressed. 

True or False exhibition

  • December 18 - February 15, Mon-Fri 1 - 9 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am - 9 pm
  • Sevkabel Port
  • 300 rubles (200 for students)

The project is dedicated to the dialogue between contemporary artists of different generations: those minds that have already made their mark on the history of art and the young inspired authors. The Byl Ili Nebyl exhibition (from Russian “True or False”) will present the works of Vladimir Dubossarsky and Mika Plutitskaya. Both artists work in the genre of figurative art and reflect on historical and imaginary memory. The title of the exhibition not only refers to a popular Soviet children’s song but also gives a fairly clear description of what exactly these two artists depict in their works.