CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER

Moscow Christmas Lights Strastnoy Boulevard Russia’s Golden Autumn always passes far too quickly, and then the Endless Winter sets in. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably have picked up on the fact that my biggest grumble with Russian winters isn’t the weather — or the cold, to be more specific. It’s the oppressing grayness.

In the last month I have traveled to six different European countries, and what struck me, in all of them, was how much foliage their landscapes boast until practically the Christmas hols. Not so in central Russia — the trees and shrubs are bare by late October.  Yet, probably to a surprise of many a foreigner, this does not mean the onset of snowy Winter Wonderland. In fact, during the winter months it is becoming increasingly common for Moscow to experience weeks and even months of harsh, negative-teens temperature and heavy gray clouds with nary a snowflake in sight.

Which is why I am so delighted by this year’s surprisingly early appearance of outdoor decorations. I am not talking shopping-motivating store-fronts and thematic Yolka trees, but regular parks and alleys, which started getting brightened up by myriads of shimmering lights in the last week of October. Just what a gray Moscow winter needs.

Tverskoy Boulevard with lights trickling down like a snowy waterfall

Shimmering Cafe Pushkin

Moscow Christmas Lights Tverskaya Street Moscow Christmas Lights Tverskoy Boulevard Moscow Christmas Lights Cafe Pushking

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30 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER

  1. Nice! I am going to have to get out there when it’s dark (AKA around 4). There’s also usually a really good display somewhere around metro ul. 1905.

  2. Cafe Pushkin looks amazing! Hope the interior (and the food) measures up! A couple of Christmas markets have already opened here – and mulled wine is on every corner! 🙂

  3. Hi Anna! I know exactly what you mean about fall in Russia… I lived in Canada and there happens basically the same. As I spent my first winter ever there, I still have it as my example of winter, so here in Europe I find it weird there it rarely snows in November… while in Canada it has started snowing in October. But I like that the winter is not so harsh around here. 🙂

    • I’m in London right now and there is SO. MUCH. GREEN! How do the leaves stay on, it’s not like I’m in the tropics or even the Mediterranean? I would deal with the winter so much easier if there wasn’t all the grayness.

  4. I love these. They’re so pretty. Sadly, there’s that whole “don’t be offensive, nothing that suggests a specific holiday” bullshit here, so we’re sans many fun things 😦

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