Over 150 live fir trees will be set up at the Journey to Christmas Festival venues, said Head of the Department of Trade and Services Alexei Nemeryuk.
“It’s not a Russian New Year without a live fir tree,, and this year, of course, there will be a great number of various firs, both real and artificial, in the city. Our festival venues will be decorated mostly with live firs, over 150 of them,” he said.
Beautiful designer trees will also be on display in the city. “Five fir trees, 10 metres high each, have been installed at the Kuznetsky Most Street site. We suggested that our designers, who enthusiastically supported the initiative, should create a concept and decorate and arrange them in a style that would please Muscovites and tourists in the coming New Year,” Mr Nemeryuk said.
It should be noted that all festival venues will be decorated in the same style. “This year we chose the colours red and gold. This is due to the fact that our Italian colleagues who are setting up light installations in the city also chose pleasantly warm light for those installations. For this reason our fir trees are mostly decorated in this style,” he said.
He said that three tall firs, from 15 to 20 metres high, from Tver will be installed at festival venues. “Smaller firs are partly from the Tver Region and partly from abroad. Those are mostly Danish trees,” Mr Nemeryuk said.
The New Year trees will stay up at Moscow festival venues until 15 January. As for New Year bazaars, they will mainly sell Russian trees. “Trees sold at our New Year bazaars in Moscow are mostly Russian trees from neighbouring regions, but there will also be some foreign trees,” the head of the Department of Trade and Services said.