Moscow parks present: Dutch New Year, quests, “vatrushkas” and merrymaking during the winter holidays

Moscow parks present: Dutch New Year, quests, “vatrushkas” and merrymaking during the winter holidays
During the New Year and Christmas holidays, visitors to Moscow parks can plunge down from parachute jumps of the 1930s and see a bird's-eye view of Moscow, take part in quests in ancient gentry mansions and learn court secrets, slide down mountain slopes on “vatrushka” inflatable sledges, dance all through the night in the open air to thrilling tunes and take part in carnival celebrations.

Festivity concerts and discos, merrymaking with contests for adults and children will be held in Moscow parks in the open air and in museum palaces.

Every Moscow district will have a main site of festivities for the most memorable events to be held on the night of New Year's Eve. The celebrations will start on 30 December at 3 pm and will last for six hours. The following day, 31 December, the New Year marathon will also kick off at 3 pm and will run until 2 am, 1 January.

Those who venture to see the New Year in outdoors will not miss the traditional New Year message from Russian President Vladimir Putin, which will be broadcasted on large screens at midnight. The festivities will resume on 1 January at 3 pm. 

Many Moscow parks offer special programmes. From 2 to 8 January at 3 pm, Gorky Park (9 Krymsky Val Street) will offer highlight tours of the museum located right inside the main entrance arch. This is the only place where visitors can plunge from a virtual parachute jump of the 1930s and see a Moscow panorama from a viewing point. Public lectures for adults and children with workshops and music performances will be held in the same place from 3 to 7 January. The quest, Gentry Mess and Museum Secrets, will start on 5 January at noon.

The Kuskovo Estate Museum (2 Yunosti Street) will hold a Dutch New Year celebration from 1 December to 15 January. The main events will be held in the Dutch House, an 18th century garden pavilion.

The Winter Quest will be held on the park alleys till 28 February.

Between 3 and 15 January the museum will offer Christmas Merrymaking with songs, carols and fortune-telling, as well as a small tour around the Kuskovo Estate Museum’s main palace. For registration, please, call +7 (495) 375-31-31.

Kolomenskoye Museum and Reserve (39 Andropova Prospekt) presents an exhibit dedicated to Father Frost between 2 December and 26 February. The display includes over 600 exhibits depicting the life of the New Year wizard in various countries and in various epochs. The exhibit is open all days (except Saturday and Monday) from 10 am to 6 pm.

From 22 December to 3 January, the reconstructed Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoye will hold 18 Christmas Tree celebrations. Children and adults will be able to see New Year performances at 12 pm and 3 pm.

The same place will offer Jazz-January, a winter jazz festival with the participation of the Daniil Kramer Trio, Black Square Quartet, Moscow Jazz Orchestra and The Kikipickles project on 4, 5, 7 and 8 January. The concerts commence at 7 pm. For tickets to all events, please visit the museum website.

Kolomenskoye Park will offer a Christmastide street celebration on 8 January in the afternoon.

VDNKh (19 Prospekt Mira), the main national exhibition site, will offer a thrilling programme on the world’s largest skating-rink. A non-stop disco and carnival will be held there all through the night on the New Year’s Eve. On Christmas, visitors will enjoy a cosy and magical ambience: balloons will carry to the sky white paper angels holding slips of paper with guests’ wishes.   

A fair will be held all through the holidays by the main VDNKh exhibition pavilion. Other pavilions will offer various expositions and quests.

The Tsaritsyno Museum and Reserve (1 Dolskaya Street) offers a large New Year programme. Children’s performances will be held here from 14 December to 14 January, every week from Wednesday and Saturday: Palace Snowman’s Secret for children aged six to eight, and The Secret of the New Year Chest for children aged eight to ten. To register, please visit the museum website. 

Visitors can enjoy a concert programme, too. Pianist Irina Nikonova will perform with violinist Vladimir Nikonov and cellist Oleg Bugayev on 2 and 3 January); St Petersburg’s Akvarel Theatre Vocal Quintet will perform on 4 and 5 January; and organist Olesya Kravchenko and saxophonist Sergei Govorov will perform on 6–8 January.

From 23 December to 23 January, Tsaritsyno Park invites Muscovites and tourists to visit a Christmas Fair and try snow slopes for ski sports and “vatrushka” inflatable sledges.