On New Year, fireworks will be launched 60 to 100 metres above from 10 venues of the Journey to Christmas Festival in Tverskaya Street. As the clock on Spasskaya Tower will strike midnight, the sky above city centre will be painted red, green, blue and violet.
Tverskaya Street itself will feature three-metre high fountains of cold sparks. A total of 1,500 charges are in store. Another surprise are columns of painted fumes reminiscent of the celebrations from the times of Peter the Great. In addition, on 31 December, 1 and 2 January, confetti will be launched on the Moscow’s main street every two hours.
Firework machines will be installed at every square. Pyrotechnics will be shell-less for safety reasons just as at other mass events like the Olympics, Universiades, and so on. The safety range around each cannon is five metres.
Traffic will be blocked on Tverskaya Street on 30 December. Ten venues will open here on 31 December, 1 and 2 January with non-stop concerts and performances. There will also be 12 sports facilities such as a bowling alley, Russian swings and a climbing wall. Helped by a coach, visitors can try their hand at different sports.
The schedule of the Tverskaya Street venues is as follows:
– Noon, 31 December to 3 am, 1 January;
– Noon to 10 pm, 1st January;
– 11 am to 10 pm, 2nd January.
The Journey to Christmas Festival is taking place in Moscow from 22 December to 14 January. The main events will take place in Tverskaya Street and Red Square, Manezhnaya Square, Tverskaya Square, Revolyutsii Square, the Rozhdestvenka, Novy Arbat and Arbat streets, Kamergersky Pereulok, the Tverskoi and Gogolevsky boulevards, Klimentyevsky Pereulok and Novopushkinsky Square Park.