Classics in the Park is the winter theme at Sokolniki Park. According to the park director Andrei Lapshin, the leitmotif will be expressed in music, events and set design. “There will be a very beautiful 220-metre composition called ‘Snappy Dressers’ — neon sky, dancing pairs and all glowing,” he remarked. The Nutcracker and a ballerina will appear as large luminous figures on the park’s central flower bed.
Five entertainment programmes have been prepared for the visitors. They include performances such as “Christmas Dream,” featuring actors dressed like sweet treats; “Fabulous Confetti”, a proactive show with passionate dancing and contests; stage productions “Holiday Puzzle” and “Christmas Patterns” as well as immersive shows. “It’s not just a stage and actors, it will be a performance where everyone can participate,” added Lapshin.
The programme also offers workshops and cooking shows.
Journey to Christmas festival
The park will join the Journey to Christmas festival from 14 December. A 12-metre Christmas tree will be put up on Fountain Square and the area will be decorated with over 50 3D light installations with the main one called Fairy Tale Forest.
A daily programme, which altogether lasts a total of 450 hours, has been prepared for visitors. It includes theatre performances, mime shows and concerts by Golos and Main Stage TV show participants, musical artists and international singing competition winners. For example, audiences will see again Konstantin Grig, the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Moscow Spring A Caрpella festival.
Those who would like to demonstrate their singing talents will enjoy the Warming Karaoke. They will be able to sing their favourite songs and compete in opera performances, which will be appraised by professional artists.
In addition, the Volcanic Sokolniki project, centered around a cryovolcano, a replica of the Yamal crater, will be launched in December.
New Year and Christmas
The World Countries show will be held in Sokolniki Park on New Year’s eve. The event will feature folk songs, Irish dancing and concerts by popular bands, as well as a paper show and many other things.
At Christmas, visitors will see stage productions, performances by choirs, dance and song ensembles and bell-ringers, and take part in a festive procession.
New Year — new surprises
In January, Sokolniki Park will feature a Cuddler-Dog, which visitors can hug to keep warm. They will also be able to take photographs of themselves with the Dog, which is a replica of a shaggy husky.
Sports lovers will be able to play broomball, a game similar to ice hockey but without the ice. Players use brooms to push a small ball.
All out to the Ice
The Ice skating rink will amaze the visitors with its unusual decor. The rink boards will feature special touch-reactive pipes and anyone skating nearby will get the impression they are both a conductor and a harpist.
February at Sokolniki Park is to be Felix Mendelssohn month to honour the 210th anniversary of the famous composer’s birth. The skating rink will have photo areas for newlyweds, and on 14 February, Saint Valentine's Day, it will hold a special event.