Christmastide at Kolomenskoye and Christmas fair at VDNKh: Where to go during the New Year holidays

Christmastide at Kolomenskoye and Christmas fair at VDNKh: Where to go during the New Year holidays
A neon light show, fireworks, fairs, interactive programmes, Christmas carols, circle dances and much more await Muscovites and guests during the New Year holidays in the capital.

On 24, 25 and 31 December and on 1–8 January, the Estate of Father Frost at Kuzminki Park invites visitors of all ages. For children, there will be cartoons on the big screen, outdoor winter fun and a journey to various countries on a fairytale merry-go-round. The programme starts at 11:30 am.

Every evening from 1–7 January, park goers will be treated to a neon light show.

On 29 December, a fair will open near the central pavilion at VDNKh, offering Christmas and New Year souvenirs and gifts: hand-carved wooden stars and snowflakes, Christmas tree decorations, candles, dishware, clothing, homemade gingerbread and sweets. The fair will run through 8 January.

On 31 December, there will be flash mobs, a fancy dress party and performances by popular DJs on the city’s main ice rink, with a fireworks show at the end. Those who want to celebrate Christmas there will be able to write down their wishes on paper and send them into the air attached to big white balloons.               

On 3 January, the Na Taganke Children’s Art Centre will host an interactive programme called New Year Role-Play. The participants will include scouts from the Young Scout Club and members of the Heritage of Our Ancestors Role-Play and Historical-Patriotic Club. Guests can try their hand at fencing or archery, learn ballroom dances at a costumed ball or take part in the Acting Sketches game and the New Year Fantasy quiz.

On 3 January, the Museum of Fashion Centre will show how people celebrate Christmas and New Year in South America. There will be various workshops and the Fashionable Fir-Tree game for children. Visitors will meet characters of popular Brazilian fairytales. Emilia the Ragdoll from Monteiro Lobato’s book, The Yellow Woodpecker Ranch, will take guests on a tour of the museum’s collection. The programme begins at noon.

On 4 January, the Hermes Youth Art Development Centre will offer a glimpse into the New Year and Christmas traditions of English-speaking countries. Visitors are invited to culinary workshops to prepare traditional festive dishes or to an ice dance floor with contests and quizzes. 

On 6 January, the town of Moskovskoye invites all to enjoy skiing and tobogganing, making snowmen and singing Christmas carols near school No. 2120. The programme starts at 10:00 am. The school is located at 7/3 Atlasov Street.

On 7 January, there will be a Christmastide festival at Kolomenskoye Park. At 1:00 pm, fun and Christmas carolling will begin outside the Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. Folk artists will present the history of Christmastide and perform the Russian shchedrovka, a kind of a Christmastide rite. The amusements include fortune-telling and circle dances.

The Bibirevo Ethnographic Village has prepared a festive programme of its own, beginning at noon. Visitors are invited to participate in sports competitions, learn about Christmas traditions and display their creative abilities.

The same day, Zelenograd will host the Christmas in Savyolki festival. Celebrations will take place on Lesnye Prudy (Forest Ponds) Alley, at Kryukovo Forest Park and near Chornoye Lake. At a separate venue devoted to environmental protection, ecologists will teach visitors to recognise different forest smells and choose right food for feeding wild birds.