St. Petersburg, January 9, Interfax - The Christmas fair on Pionerskaya Square in St. Petersburg became one of the most popular Orthodox Christmas events in Russia, the press service of the city's tourism development committee said on Tuesday.
The rating presented by the committee is based on the results of analyzing hotel and apartment bookings from January 6 to January 8. Russia's top ten Orthodox Christmas destinations (in descending order) includes Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Yalta, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad, Kislovodsk, Vologda, and Veliky Novgorod.
In St. Petersburg, tourists booked a 4.5-night stay on average at hotels in the first week of January and spent 4,700 rubles/night. In Moscow, tourists booked a stay of five nights on average at hotels (3,800/night) over this period, and in Kazan an average stay of four nights (4,000 rubles/night).