The festive season has descended upon the Russian capital in supernova of lights, fir trees, and glitter. Moscow certainly knows how to light up for the holidays. It’s time to pull on your winter boots, grab your phone (or camera), and head downtown to snap those insta-perfect yuletide scenes for posterity — or to make your friends green with envy.

Pose with Polar Bears

The Journey into Christmas epicenter is Tverskaya Ulitsa, which makes this street an ideal place to start snapping those selfies. Head past the Pushkin statue, through the glittering arch, turn right and you’ll see a chalet home to a polar bear family. Nothing says Christmas like a cute animal in a Santa hat.

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