But there was a very European feel to Moscow's festivities on my wander through the freezing (literally!) city. There are 24 Christmas Fairs throughout the city and they even transported wooden chalets from Alsace for the purpose.
As soon as I approached Red Square, I was greeted by a gigantic bauble! I don't know how many trees could hold this...
There was a small christmas market at the back of the State Museum.
This time the square was filled with a 2,700m ice rink, courtesy of GUM.
The department store was, as always, covered in lights...
...but now the trees lining it's front were also covered in fairy lights and baubles.
A row of ice sculptures also reminded me of the sub-zero climate!
Right in the middle was a 25m high Christmas / New Year's tree...
...and some Christmas market stalls.
Walking out of the mall, into a chorus of carol singing santas!
Then I walked up Tverskaya square where there was an unusual Christmas display - a maze based on Pushkin's poem "The Tale of Tsar Saltan".
The maze is made from ice and includes all elements of a frozen sea, including real fish, crabs and octopus!
As well as a carved shark's head and ship canons.
Check out a video showing the full details here.
Very random - but worth a wander if you're in the city.