Winter Market at GUM

It is time again for the famous GUM winter market! Winter markets are an excellent way to spend your weekends, especially in the lead up to Christmas when there is a lot of shopping to be done. This weekend, the excellent GUM winter market opened and as expected the crowds flocked to it. There are many winter markets in Moscow and each of them is definitely worth visiting, but GUM’s market is a little special because of its wonderful location. It is in front of the store on Red Square, right next to St Basil’s and the Clock Tower of the Kremlin making for a truly amazing atmosphere.

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The GUM Department Store is worth a visit in its own right, due to its history and architecture, but for now I just want to talk about the winter market and  the ski rink.

Although smaller than other markets, it certainly is not lacking in atmosphere. There is an excellent ice-skating rink (500 rubles per 90 minute session with 300 rubles for skate hire) and several food and drink stations offering fresh doughnuts, crepes, pancakes, sausages, Russian mulled wines, beers, tea, coffee and other seasonal offerings. At the market there is something for all ages and I definitely think it is worth a special visit as Christmas approaches.

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Hot food choices at the GUM Winter Market.

The Department store is beautifully lit up and provides a truly breathtaking backdrop. If markets are your thing, the official winter market season runs from December 18th until January 10th, but you will find many of them popping up well before that. For more information there is a website (sorry, only in Russian) which has a very usable and useful map of the many winter markets dotted around the city

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To share your own experience at the GUM winter market, please leave a comment below.

Winter Market at GUM
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Andrew Mexsom

Andrew Mexsom

Andrew has been an international Teacher for 17 years and has lived in The UK, Qatar, Spain, The UAE and is currently living in Russia.
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Andrew has been an international Teacher for 17 years and has lived in The UK, Qatar, Spain, The UAE and is currently living in Russia.

1 Comment on "Winter Market at GUM"

  1. This is my favourite place to spend my time over the Christmas period. The lights are wonderful and the atmosphere is so lovely here. Do you know when this year’s market starts?

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