White Nights in St. Petersburg
In some places very far north, the sun never fully sets at certain times of the year. St. Petersburg in Russia is the best place to enjoy this. In summer, the sun sets around midnight and rises again at 4 a.m. Even after the sun sets, the sky appears white at night. So even without streetlights, it’s not dark outside. During this time, more than 250,000 tourists visit St. Petersburg to enjoy the White Nights Festival.
The arts are very important in Russia. So there are special operas, classical music concerts, and ballet performances at the Mariinsky Theater. These are called the Stars of the White Nights. World famous musicians and dancers perform in the shows.
There are also several carnivals during the festival. The largest one is held at the Peterhof Palace. Here, actors dress up in creative costumes. They act out famous scenes from Russian history.
The most popular event during the festival is called Scarlet Sails. It happens at the Neva River. It includes musical performances, boats full of pirates, and amazing fireworks! The event lasts all night long and is a lot of fun.
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