The main winter festival, Journey to Christmas, has finished in Moscow. It took place between 22 December – 14 January at 83 venues both in the city centre and in all other districts. Festival-goers took part in workshops, adventures and games, rode slides, saw art installations and sampled festive dishes. However, theatre performances were the highlight of the festival.
Tverskaya Street was closed to cars for three days and became the most extensive stage in Russia. Here, visitors could see special projects from the Bolshoi Theatre, the TERRITORIЯ festival, winners of the Golden Mask award and leading Moscow and Russian theatres. Between 31 December – 2 January, 10 theatre venues staged events on Tverskaya Street. Over 150 shows featuring 3,500 actors and musicians were held there over three days.
During the festival, more than 5,000 performances, over 4,000 creative workshops, 1,300 interactive programmes and 450 cooking workshops were held at central venues.
Manezhnaya Square hosted the immersive performance 12 Months. Nearby, on the crossing from Manezhnaya Square to Revolution Square, there was a 100-metre-long ice slide. Fairytale trolls entertained visitors at a snowboard park on Novy Arbat Street. Tverskaya Square hosted performances by actors from France, Spain, Czech Republic, Latvia, Austria and Scandinavia.
The final day of the festival, 14 January, was marked by games, workshops and an ice ballet. There were two world-famous figure-skaters at the Novopushkinsky Public Garden: Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova as Snow White and five-time US champion Naomi Lang playing a part in the Swan Lake ballet.
This was the fifth consecutive Journey to Christmas festival. More than 300 events dedicated to New Year and Christmas were held at its venues, as well as in parks, libraries, cultural centres and other city organisations. The programme for the festival was based on ideas from a poll of Muscovites, held as part of the Active Citizen project.