Moscow in January - Weather, Events, and Tips

January Guide for Moscow Travel

Novodevichy Convent, Moscow, in January
••• Novodevichy Convent, Moscow, in January. CC BY-NC seriykotik1970

January in Moscow is bitterly cold. Expect snow, ice, and temperatures well below freezing.

  • Average January temperature: -7ºC / 20ºF
  • January average high: -4ºC / 25ºF
  • January average low: -9ºC / 16ºF

What to Pack for Moscow in January

Pack for winter weather for Moscow travel to Prague. Follow tips for winter dress. Thermal underwear may be a good idea for travel to Moscow in January.

Don't forget to bring a long, warm winter coat, boots with anti-slip tread, and a hat, gloves, and a scarf.

January Holidays and Events in Moscow

January 1st is New Year's Day in Moscow. Some Russians may also celebrate an alternative New Year on January 14th. (Read about the Russian New Year.)

January 7 is Christmas in Russia.

Sviatki, Russian Christmastide, starts after Russian Christmas and runs through January 19th.

Be sure to check out the Russian Winter Festival, which serves to turn the cold weather into an opportunity for fun.

Tips for Travel to Moscow in January

January is a culturally rich month in Moscow, and the cold weather fails to get the locals down. Though the cold may be shocking, do your best to seek out events that make the most of winter in Moscow. The New Year's Trees around Moscow should stay up at least until Orthodox Christmas, so be sure to enjoy their seasonal beauty.