Comfortable coaches have replaced gilt carriages, though guests are still welcomed by a brass band and uniformed hussars carrying torches. The guests walk up to the main entrance on a thick carpet and the palace is again aglow with lights.
After entering the Palace the guests are invited for the Welcome Cocktail at Stasov Room.
Inside the Palace Tsar and Queen provide a lavish welcome traditionally reserved for the royalty. The procession follows through the suite of beautiful baroque rooms.
Upon mounting the marble stairway, the guests pass through silken rooms and polished halls to admire the elegant palace interiors. Magnificent rooms stretch in a sumptuous line to form one uninterrupted suite of apartments.
The interior is animated by enchanting flute music and ballet dancers performing duets to the sounds of a harpsichord.
The splendid effect of this passageway prepares the guests for one of the main treasures of the palace- the mysterious amber room. Although it has not been fully restored, its exquisite refinement leaves no one indifferent.
At the end of the enfilade, cocktails are served. The Throne Room opens at nine o` clock sharp. Guests meanwhile enjoy drinks and snacks, while a children`s choir performs Schubert`s Ave Maria.
The double doors of the Throne Room are opened wide and the guests halt spellbound at the fairytale scene in front of them.
The courtly entourage provides a royal welcome, while opera singers mount the stage and propose the first toast.
French chefs always managed Imperial cuisine in Russia. And once again, the prestigious French catering company Potel & Chabot is in charge. Dinner starts with the finest of Russian delicacies - black caviar, a delight to satisfy the most discerning gourmets.
In keeping with another Russian tradition, there was always a profusion of flowers, rare plants and potted palms at every ball, even in the coldest of winters. This tradition has also been preserved and scented flowers bloom on every table.
|The Magic of
The impression of Russia would not be complete without the magic of Russian ballet. Excerpts from operas and ballets are performed by soloists of the famous theatres and opera houses of St. Petersburg.
One of the finest orchestras plays throughout the dinner.
The extravaganza continues with Russian folklore and Cossack shows. Fiery dancers and ethnic songs enhance the impression of a magical night
|The World of
The New Year`s Ball is your unique chance to enter the rich world of Russian culture, your chance to plunge into an authentic atmosphere of grandeur and luxury. This magical journey into the elegant world of the Russian Tsars guarantees a night to remember.
Midnight is coming and is signaled by a concert of bells.
|Fairytale of Snow
An uninterrupted flow of time continues in this fairytale world of snow, candles and mirrors.
The sky outside brightens up with bursts of light. Flashes of light flare up in the sky and break into flaming constellations. From the time of the first Russian Emperors , fireworks were the favorite entertainment of the Russian nobility. Back then, however, in the eighteenth century, they could only dream of such magic displays.
Dances are the most exciting part of any ball. Couples move graciously to the strains of Strauss`s waltzes in golden interiors shimmering in candle light. All this makes one feel as if one has stepped into a fairytale.
But this is a modern fairytale, and jazz accompanies the romantic ballroom music. A famous St Petersburg jazz orchestra performs background music throughout the night.
Everyone is carried away in a whirlwind of music.
This New This New Year's it's the CZAR'S BALL amid the splendor of Empress Catherine's IMPERIAL PALACE
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