Russia: White Night Celebrations In St. Petersburg

White night celebrations wouldn’t be so tremendous without the official festival that takes place in St Petersburg every year!

white night celebrations

The White Nights Festival runs from May through July, or the beginning of August. During that time tourist and visitors that takes to the city can enjoy a number of night-time cultural events, including:

Scarlet Sails celebration, also called the “Alye Parusa” festivities, in St. Petersburg.

white nights scarlet night

The event is famous for spectacular fireworks, a wonderful show, and end-of-school year celebrations. The event is famous for spectacular fireworks, a wonderful show, and end-of-school year celebrations.


Star performances at the Palace Square, including international singers and music bands


White Nights Marathon

White Nights Marathon

The International Marathon will take place in St. Petersburg. Thousands of marathoners from around the world will gather on Palace Square to conquer a distance of 42 km, 195 meters – running though the central streets and embankments of our city. Amateur enthusiasts will have a chance to try themselves in a mass run of 10 km.

Among the participants will be runners from Germany, France, Great Britain, Canada, the USA, Greece, Brazil, Japan, Morocco, Kenya and dozens of other countries. The route of the marathon crosses the historic center of St. Petersburg, among world famous monuments and storied architecture, and along the picturesque embankments of Neva, Fontanka, Krestovsky island, and Nevsky Avenue.


Annual International Jazz Festival

Annual International Jazz Festival

The Jazz Festival is a favorite happening for many visitors as well as residents of the city. Every year this sensational, unforgettable event takes place in the midst of the White Nights. The Jazz Philharmonic Hall will host numerous international artists from the 15th of June thru the 1st of July. If you want to experience a wide variety – this is the perfect way to diversify your party schedule. We suggest that you visit St Petersburg during the White Nights, and you’ll see the city at its joyful best.


Stars Of The White Nights

Music festival – "Stars of the White Nights"


What are the White Nights?

The White Nights (Beliye Nochi) are a curious phenomenon caused by St. Petersburg’s very northerly geographical location – at 59 degrees 57′ North (roughly on the same latitude as Oslo, Norway, the southern tip of Greenland and Seward, Alaska). St. Petersburg is the world’s most northern city with a population over 1 million, and its stands at such a high latitude that the sun does not descend below the horizon enough for the sky to grow dark. In fact night becomes curiously indistinguishable from day, so much so that the authorities never need to turn the city’s streetlights on!



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