Drummers’ parade, neon show and round-the-world journey: Things to do during New Year’s holidays

Drummers’ parade, neon show and round-the-world journey: Things to do during New Year’s holidays
New Year’s Eve is not the time to stay at home. Go outside and join a carnival, a pageant with a dragon or a parade of drummers and jazz Father Frosts, or play Quidditch, take part in magic contests, listen to music and, of course, enjoy the fireworks.

The last day of the year. Hours run like minutes, and final preparations are underway: to iron tablecloths and dresses, wrap gifts and prepare food for the holiday table… You have decorated the New Year tree, invited friends and decided how you are going to celebrate the holiday. But what if you want to have fun in a crowd outdoors but don’t have a festive programme of your own? 

Then go to a park, to one of the holiday season venues or join the Journey to Christmas festival. Even your trip there will be filled with the holiday spirit: the New Year comes to the metro bringing songs from Soviet and French comedies and other hits. Students will be greeting Muscovites by reciting poetry and special announcements over the speakers will tell the passengers about the world’s biggest snowflake, the author of the first New Year card and the tallest snowman in Russia. 

Concerts, theatre shows and fireworks

Holiday venues in the areas around the city are working to the same schedule. What does the programme offer? Contests and quizzes, street theatre performances, evening concerts and discoes. You will enjoy performances by DJs, bands Chelsi, Na-Na, Burito, Yarilov Znoi and Quattro, Dmitry Kharatyan, Valeriya Lanskaya, Anastasia Stotskaya, Mark Tishman, Alexander Panayotov, Nikita Malinin, Yuta and Dakota.

The Kanikuly Mime Theatre will present the Hares on Holiday play – an interactive mix of New Year performances. The Freak Fabrik Street Theatre will offer the White Fairy Tale about a city where wizards come to return the good. Vysokiye Bratya & Tall Brothers will present the Circus of the Brave and Cheerful Hares. The Ezkizy v Prostranstve (Skethces in Space) authors’ theatre will put on the White Snow show that merges the visual arts with street theatre. Chudaki will present the Winter Activities about love, magic and fighting evildoers. Yarkiye Lyudi (Bright People) will stage the Ole Lukoje play.

Festive sites will be located on Red Square and Vasilyevsky Spusk (Central Administrative Area), Alley of the Cosmonauts (Northeastern Administrative Area), Mitino landscape park (Northwestern Administrative Area), Olympic Village Park and Vnukovo town (Western Administrative Area), Artyom Borovik Park (Southeastern Administrative Area), Yuzhnoye Butovo children’s landscape park (Southwestern Administrative Area), Borisovskiye Prudy Park (Southern Administrative Area), Angarskiye Prudy Park (Northern Administrative Area), Semyonovskaya Square (Eastern Administrative Area), the square in front of the Druzhba Culture Centre in the LMS village of the Voronovskoye rural town (Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas), and the central square in front of the Zelenograd Culture Centre (Zelenogradsky Administrative Area).  

Fireworks will be launched in all administrative areas. The first fireworks show will start at midnight on Red Square, followed by shows at 29 other sites, 20 of which are located in parks. The sky will be coloured with red, blue, green, gold and silver peonies and chrysanthemums and with gold, silver and purple sparkling leaves, palm trees and brocade crowns.

Night in the park: magic, neon show and around-the-world journey

Moscow parks have special plans for New Year’s night. Famous DJs and rappers will perform in Gorky Park, where Leninskaya Square will turn into a dance floor with LED screens. Music from the 1990s will sound in Sokolniki Park and jazz – in Sadovniki and Izmailovsky parks. Visitors to Kuzminki Park will enjoy pop-rock and funk, and Victory Park will feature pop music.

Sirenevy Sad (Lilac Garden) will present a concert of rock, jazz, dance hits of different years, pop, blues, soul and funk. Perovsky Park will offer retro music, and disco hits by ABBA and Boney M will sound in Fili Park. Visitors to Krasnaya Presnya Park will enjoy music and theatre shows.

Tagansky Park will present Quidditch matches and magic wands will sparkle at various contests. Ermitazh Garden will welcome guests to a ball with candles, masks and fans. Vorontsovsky Park will be transformed into the Wonderland: visitors will drink tea with the Mad Hatter, play chess with the White Rabbit and watch fire shows. Fiftieth Anniversary of the October Revolution Park will bring together winter wizards from different countries – Russia, Italy, Finland, the United States and France.

Lianozovo Park will present the New Year Boom with concerts, neon dance shows and a disco. Severnoye Tushino Park will feature a flashmob with sparklers. Festivities in Babushkinsky Park will be based on the Carnival Night film. At the carnival, visitors will meet with its main characters – comrade Ogurtsov and Lena Krylova. The theme of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Goncharovsky Park will be based on the Magicians film with a neon show, performances by stilt-walkers and jugglers. The Olympic Village and Artyom Borovik parks will feature performances by dance and vocal bands and street theatre shows. 

Bauman Garden will put on an around-the-world New Year show, where visitors will come dressed in polka-dot clothes like in the Philippines, eat Georgian kozinaki and 12 grapes like in Spain and blow up a couple of crackers like in Berlin.

The New Year will be celebrated several times at the VDNKh rink. For five hours – from 10 pm to 2 am – visitors will enjoy a carnival in honour of the sunrise, a pageant with the dragon, and skate at an Italian-style celebration and a Scottish party.

Jazz Father Frosts and Journey to Christmas light show

Where else can you go? You can go to one of the main venues of the Journey to Christmas festival, which will be open from midday until 3 am during the holidays. Visitors will enjoy parades of fairy tale characters and jazz Father Frosts, a neon parade of drummers, performances by street theatres, light shows and New Year concerts.

The Ognennyye Lyudi (Fire People) Theatre will present their Santa’s Dream performance at 10 pm on Manezhnaya Square. It will be followed by a performance by the Sosferas Theatre at 10:30 pm and the Grandpa Mazai and Hares play by the Vysokiye Bratya Theatre at 11:20 pm. Ten minutes to midnight, an interactive programme with quizzes and contests will start, which will be followed by dancing, music sets, the Ole Lukoje play and a show by Freak-Cabaret.

Revolyutsii Square will feature the Ship play by the Ognennyye Lyudi Theatre at 11 pm and 2 am. Right after midnight, Rodion Gazmanov will perform, and at 12:35 am the Vysokiye Bratya Theatre will present the Hares and Ole Lukoje plays.

Tverskaya Square will present traditions of European countries: eating grapes like in Spain, fortune telling on an apple like in Austria and kissing under the mistletoe like in France. At 11 pm, the Spring Time cover band will give a concert.

Novopushkinsky Garden Square will present a light and fire celebration: the Seasons show at 11 pm, a light show at 12:30 pm, the Gatsby dancing light show at 1:30 am and the Christmas Light Show at 2:15 am.

Pushkin Square will host the Blue Light interactive show at 11 pm. At midnight, the New Year Mail will open, where visitors will write letters of congratulations to random addressees. At 1 am and 2 am, there will be parades of jazz Father Frosts on stilts and unicycles.

Visitors to the Book Fair on Novy Arbat Street will enjoy DJ sets and dance on an improvised dance floor near the street stage. Kamergersky Pereulok will host a parade of the Marakatu drummer orchestra at 11pm – 3am. Tverskoi Boulevard will turn into a theatre: visitors will enjoy the Silver Dreams play at 11 pm and 2 am, the Imaginarium at midnight and the Snow Angels at 1am.