Essential Russia Holiday Kit

Holiday season is almost there and we want to wish lots of love and happiness to all our customers & partners! As a special treat, we've prepared an Essential Russia Holiday Kit to add couple of Russian notes to your traditional winter celebrations.

Russian Christmas Tree Decoration

Russian children and their parents love decorating Christmas trees. It's called Novogodnaya Elka and one of the most popular decorations is called Snezhinka (a snow flake). It's really easy to make one yourself: all you need is paper and scissors.

Russian Holiday Phrasebook

Merry Christmas and happy New Year! -
S rozhdestvom i novym godom!

Congratulations! -

Happy holidays! -
Schaslivykh praznikov!

I wish you a lot of love and happiness next year!
- Ya zhelayu tebe mnogo lyubvi i schastya v sleduyushem godu!

Have a great holiday! -
Khoroshikh praznikov!

Russian New Year Recipe

There's one dish that is an absolute must on any Christmas and New Year table in Russia. It practically symbolizes winter holidays in Russia. We are talking about the legendary Olivier Salad. The recipe is simple: all you'll need is diced boiled potatoes, carrots, dill pickles, green peas, eggs, diced ham or bologna sausage and mayonnaise for dressing.

Other names for this dish are Russian salad or Stolichny salad, but in Russia it's called Olivier, and for a good reason. It was first created by a Russian chef of Belgian descent (Olivier Lucien) in 1860. He owned the Hermitage restaurant in central Moscow and this salad was one of signature dishes. However, the original recipe differs from modern variations a lot.



We wish you and those around you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Hope to see soon on our award-winning tours to Russia!