This winter for the first time ever eight ice slides will open on Poklonnaya Gora. Two of them will be more than 100 metres long. These ice attractions are part of the Ice Moscow. In the Family Circle festival, which will run from 29 December to 8 January. Last year, only one large slide with three lanes measuring 14 to 45 metres long offered rides in Park Pobedy.
“The two largest ice slides will be located in the zone dedicated to the city of Sochi and all Russia’s sports achievements. They will start on top of the hill called Poklonnaya Gora and stretch for over 100 metres,” the festival’s organisers said.
The Ice Moscow. In the Family Circle festival is back for a second year. In the centre of the venue, there will be a replica of the Kremlin wall from where a cascade of ice slides slope down. Six slides will start at the “Kremlin,” ending near the ice sculptures dedicated to Russian cities, including St Petersburg, Volgograd, Vladimir and Vladivostok. Guests will be able to buy or rent sleds and snow tubes.
Visitors will also be able to take photos with ice sculptures of fairytale characters at the Town of Fairytales section. On 29 December, the festival’s opening ceremony will be attended by Father Frost from Veliky Ustyug.
Last year, the Ice Moscow festival was dedicated to the capital of Russia. Muscovites could see ice miniatures of the Bolshoi Theatre, Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Triumphal Arch and other landmarks.
Ice entertainment will also be set up in the centre of Moscow as part of the Journey to Christmas festival. A slide seven metres high and 100 metres long will stretch from Manezhnaya Square to Revolution Square.
An ice palace with a free ice skating rink open daily will await guests on Revolution Square. Ice ballets ‒ The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cipollino and Snow White ‒ will be performed there by a cast of 50 famous figure skaters. On 7 January, Christmas skating sessions with members of the Russian national figure skating team will take place. Olympic champions and winners of international events will hold masterclasses.