Five Things to Do to Feel Russian Magic This Winter
If Russia was known around the world for just one thing, it would be winter. Snow and freezing temperatures aside, a Russian winter has been linked for many with the feeling of magic, especially around the holidays.
No matter where you’re this holiday season, here are five things to do to feel a touch Russian winter magic.
Get tickets to the Nutcracker. One of the most beloved and enchanting holiday experiences, The Nutcracker merges the music by a renowned Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the Russian ballet tradition. Get transported to a land of twirling snowflakes, leaping candy canes and waltzing flowers, and get into the holiday spirit filled with Russian magic.
Go ice skating. Ice skating is one of the most popular winter activities for Russian kids and adults alike. All you need is a pair of skates (that you can easily rent at your local skating rink!), a warm but lightweight jacket and a few friends for an unforgettable time. If you can, opt in for a popular outdoor skating experience that has lights, festive music and other skaters to put you in the holiday mood. After your skating session, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
If hot chocolate isn’t your thing, enjoy hot tea instead. Hot tea is a traditional Russian beverage that is enjoyed around the country with sugar, jams, preserves or other sweets for dessert. While samovar, a traditional Russian kettle – an intricate metal container for heating and boiling water, is a thing of the past, tea is still a daily ritual for many Russians.
Watch Anastasia. If you’d like to experience Russian winter magic but enjoying outdoors during colder months isn’t for you, you can get cozy indoors and watch Anastasia – a story of the last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family. Follow her journey to reconnect with her grandmother and to find the right place in history.
Make and enjoy a traditional Russian dish. If you’ve heard of Russian cuisine, you’re probably familiar with pelmeni – meat dumplings. Making pelmeni is easy and it can turn into a fun family activity that brings everyone together. Divide the tasks (rolling dough and cutting it into perfect circles with the rim of the glass, forming little meatballs made of ground meat with your palms, folding the dough to envelope the meatballs and placing them on the tray before cooking or freezing), have fun along the way and enjoy delicious homemade pelmeni with a dollop of sour cream or butter.