Christmas demand for trips to Moscow from Russia’s regions has increased 70 percent compared to last year.
Tour operators are aware of the Journey to Christmas Festival; some operators offer special tours to this festival, others include visits to festival sites in city tour packages.
Most tourists are from the Moscow Region, St Petersburg, the Leningrad Region and other central Russia regions. The winter holidays in Moscow see tourists from Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Izhevsk, Omsk, Ufa and even Vladivostok.
One-day tour prices start at 1,200 roubles per person, a three-day tour starts at 6,000 roubles, and a five-day tour is 9,000 roubles.
The price of a multi-day coach (bus) tour includes a return ticket, hotel stay and guided excursions. The tourists from distant regions of the country are responsible for the rail or airfare to get to Moscow.
The 4th Journey to Christmas Festival is being held in Moscow from 16 December 2016 to 15 January 2017. The 2nd Christmas Light Festival celebrating light installations will run simultaneously until 19 February 2017.
The Journey to Christmas Festival is being held on 42 sites in the central part of the city and in other administrative areas. This year these sites are near some large shopping areas. For the first time, festival venues will remain open until 3 am.
A total of 200 shopping chalets, 70 food kiosks and 40 workshop cottages are open.