Stollen and kokoshnik: Best souvenirs to buy at Journey to Christmas festival

Stollen and kokoshnik: Best souvenirs to buy at Journey to Christmas festival
Figurines of fairytale characters, pryaniks, Yelets lace masks, bee products and reindeer sweaters, there are enough gifts for all the family and friends.


At the Journey to Christmas festival, visitors will be able to buy souvenirs, New Year’s decorations and Russian and European food at the Christmas chalets. Since the beginning of the application campaign 573 proposals were received from entrepreneurs. The organisers chose 314 winners, who got the right to trade at 83 venues.

A wide range of gifts can be found on Revolyutsii Square. People will be able to buy painted fairytale figurines, Yelets lace masks and signature New Year’s flower arrangements. In addition to all this, there will be both modern and antique New Year’s decorations at this venue as well as on Tverskaya Square, Tverskoi Boulevard, Rozhdestvenka Street and Klimentovsky Pereulok. Prices start at just 50 roubles.

There will be European gifts and delicacies on Tverskaya Square. For example, festival-goers will be able to buy a stollen: German Christmas cake, which is traditionally baked two months ahead of festivities. There will also be sweets and pryaniks from Latvia, unusual Christmas decorations from Denmark, France and Germany, Lithuanian woolen covers and other knitted things, Polish ceramics and many other interior decorations.

On Novy Arbat, there will be traditional reindeer sweaters, minimalistic New Year’s decorations, books and German children’s wooden constructor.

Those who like majolica and wooden figurines as well as warm hats will enjoy visiting the chalets on Rozhdestvenka Streets. There will also be Tula pryaniks and New Year’s sweets.

Kamergersky Pereulok will have a lot of various New Year’s decorations as well as wooden decorative things, organic caramel wool knitted sweaters, scarves and lots more.

Gogolevsky Boulevard festival-goers will be able to buy candles, books, calendars plus bells. There will also be products from the Russian orthodox churches.

For festival-goers who want to find things to keep them warm there will be hand-made sheep-wool knitted items and authentic Russian valenki (felt boots): these things are available at the chalets on Arbat Street.

The organisers also have surprises in store for visitors of the regional Journey to Christmas festival venues.  Troitsk and Sirenevy Boulevard will have pinafore dresses and kokoshinks (headdress), down-filled and wooden items, game and all sorts of sweets.

Jewelry made from natural Ural stones, metal and birchbark, felt and painted toys can be found in Gorodetskaya Street. Poultry enthusiasts will be able to buy a goose or some ducks for their festive feast.

Anyone in the northeast will be able to go shopping on Khachaturyan Street, where there will be honey and other bee products as well as lollipops, gingerbread, pryaniks with theatre-themed patterns and many other sweets.

Yartsevskaya Street will have pottery, hats, fresh fish, caviar plus sea food.

Profsoyuznaya Street will also have many New Year’s souvenirs and food, including glass, leather, ceramics and decorations for New Year’s trees. Sweets are also a good reason to visit the festival.

The festival venue on Kirovogradskaya Street will have a wide range of New Year’s decorations, pastries and cakes as well as knitted and felt crafts.