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10 locations for magical New Year’s photos

Where to capture the festive atmosphere


New Year’s Moscow takes on a fairy-tale appearance. Its buildings are decorated with garlands, there are festive installations everywhere, and the city center is full of themed photo booths. We will tell you where to go to get the best shots.

A winter classic: the skating rink that opens on Red Square in December with a large Christmas tree, and the famous facade of GUM, which is decorated with bright garlands. You can choose a historical landmark as a background for your photo, such as the State History Museum or St. Basil’s Cathedral. It is best to hold your photo shoot on a snowy, day so that the festive atmosphere of the photos is most expressive. 

In the evenings before the holiday, Zaryadye hosts New Year’s performances and concerts, and the park is transformed into a fairy-tale setting with a lot of garlands and lights. You can also visit to take photos in the daytime, as the New Year’s installations in the park are a great backdrop for a photo shoot. In addition, you can take beautiful shots on the Soaring Bridge with a panorama of the city, and in the evening with the illumination from Vasilievsky Spusk in the background.

Tverskoy Boulevard is decorated for the holiday in a special way, with light tunnels, sparkling installations, selfie-zones, and seasonal attractions. The decoration of the street varies from year to year, but the New Year’s atmosphere remains the same. The festivities are usually concentrated at the beginning of the boulevard, which is the best location to have a photo session.

In the run-up to the holidays, the petite Kamergersky Lane resembles a street in a European town on Christmas Eve, with ancient buildings, cobblestone pavement, and colorful garlands. There are colorful installations mounted for the New Year at the intersection with Tverskaya Street, and a special selfie platform has been installed nearby.

In the New Year’s period, Nikolskaya Street becomes the brightest place in Moscow, with hundreds of thousands of LED garlands hanging above, complemented by dozens of luminous installations and art objects. The New Year’s decorations of the shop windows along the street are a nice bonus for the photo shoot, as absolutely every establishment is decorated for the holiday.

Traditionally, neon arches, glittering ice sculptures, and glowing Christmas tree balls appear on Teatralnaya Square for the New Year’s holiday, and they can serve as the perfect background for spectacular photos.

Guests visit Moscow’s main park most of all to take shots of the largest skating rink in Moscow, but there are also other picturesque locations for photos, from reflections of illumination on the almost-frozen Moskva River to the illuminated installations on the park’s alleys.

Sparrow Hills offer the widest panorama of the capital, and the location is especially beautiful in winter. To find a good shot, you can also go down to the Moskva River embankment, where the evening light provides an excellent background for a themed photo session.

In the winter, the quiet old manor house gives the impression of a fairy-tale castle with its winding alleys among tall trees and monumental park architecture covered with thick snow. Both the palace building of the manor and the smaller pavilions, such as the Dutch House or the Italian House, serve as excellent backdrops for photo shoots.

The park offers dozens of locations for New Year’s photos, from the neon installation at the main entrance to the historical pavilions decorated with garlands. One lifehack: if you take a photo from the bridge over the rink, it will include the most beautiful pavilions of the exhibition.

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