18 Sparkling Winter Photos That Showcase Moscow’s Fairytale Atmosphere

Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Photo by Kristina Makeeva

Russia’s capital and largest city, Moscow always invokes images of cold weather and snow. It doesn’t need to be winter for that. Even in summer, many people imagine cold when thinking about Moscow. However, that doesn’t need to be such a bad thing. Especially if you enjoy taking winter photos.

Moscow is a city that handles winter weather exceptionally well. In fact, Muscovites don’t hide inside when winter arrives. Instead, they embrace snow and long, dark evenings.

One such person who thrives in cold weather and always seeks the positive side of things is photographer Kristina Makeeva. Although Moscow winters are undeniably cold, this talented photographer—take a look at her 500px portfolio—says this is also the most beautiful time of the year.

Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Photo by Kristina Makeeva

Her photos clearly showcase that feeling. Check out her Instagram feed for hundreds of stunning winter photos. Possibly even more endearing, her feed also includes countless awesome photos of her cute ginger cat named Cutlet. She’s on Facebook as well.

Through her photos, Kristina takes people along with her through the streets of Moscow, past wonderfully lit architecture, and underneath thousands of flickering lights. Luckily for photographers, snow is pretty much guaranteed when strolling across Moscow in December, only adding to the city’s incredible fairytale atmosphere.

Тренд сезона – живые фото 🙈 / Red Square, Moscow

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Kristina recommends putting Moscow on your winter travel list. This is when it’s at its uttermost charming, she says. Dark nights are lit up by atmospheric lighting—on buildings, on trees, on benches, and on lampposts—while heavy snowfall and dangling icicles add even more winter magic.

Put on a warm hat, thick gloves, and a cozy jacket and Join Kristina on a winter walk through Moscow in these fifteen photos. Try not be dazzled by the sheer magic of this iconic city in December!

15 More Photos of Moscow’s Magical Winter Wonderland

Snow falls on Moscow's Red Square as people admire St. Basil's Cathedral
Snow falls on Moscow’s Red Square as people admire St. Basil’s Cathedral. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Flickering lights and shiny ornaments adorn the trees
Flickering lights and shiny ornaments adorn the trees. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
An intimate moment in the snow
An intimate moment in the snow. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Snowflakes meander their way down to Moscow's cobblestones
Snowflakes meander their way down to Moscow’s cobblestones. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Nothing beats enjoying the fireworks with your favorite pet
Nothing beats enjoying the fireworks with your favorite pet. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Brightly lit trees contribute to the magical atmosphere
Brightly lit trees contribute to the magical atmosphere. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
A huge snow-covered Christmas trees, the most "Christmas-y"of scenes
A huge snow-covered Christmas trees, the most “Christmas-y”of scenes. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
When the snow melts, water reflections like this offer great photo ops
When the snow melts, water reflections like this offer great photo ops. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
A fantastical winter shot of the Red Square, Moscow's star attraction
A fantastical winter shot of the Red Square, Moscow’s star attraction. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Thousands of lights brighten of the long, dark evenings in the Russian capital
Thousands of lights brighten of the long, dark evenings in the Russian capital. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Could it be more perfect? Winter photography in Moscow.
Could it be more perfect? Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Snowflakes are better than stars
Snowflakes are better than stars. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
A blanket of snow covers the sidewalks in central Moscow. Winter photos of Moscow
A blanket of snow covers the sidewalks in central Moscow. Photo by Kristina Makeeva
You gotta love the contrast in this photo! Winter photos of Moscow
You gotta love the contrast in this photo! Photo by Kristina Makeeva
Let's take a minute to fully take in the magic of Moscow in winter. Winter photos of Moscow
Let’s take a minute to fully take in the magic of Moscow in winter. Photo by Kristina Makeeva

Since you’re probably already looking at how much your winter Moscow vacation is going to cost you, you might also want to check out Moscow.info to help out with your photography travel planning. In fact, we found this section on Red Square pretty handy. If you notice, a lot of Kristina’s incredible photos were taken in this very spot!
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Bram Reusen

Bram Reusen is a Belgian travel writer and photographer who’s based in Virginia, USA. From day hikes in national parks to long-distance cycling adventures, from short city breaks to multi-month trips, he has tried several travel styles over the years. So far, Bram has been to 26 countries on 4 continents, 28 national parks and 44 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.