This December, Moscow has again turned into a large festive venue, with thousands of free open-air performances, concerts, ice ballets and master classes.
Last year alone, more than 18 million people attended the large-scale holiday festival “Journey to Christmas”. You will find its main activities in the center of Moscow and in its parks. Hundreds of chalets and shops will be opened there to offer visitors aromatic Christmas treats, unusual gifts and New Year's souvenirs from Russia. In addition to fairs, there will be an extensive entertainment program for the whole family at the festival, including ice slides, skating rinks and master classes. Special performances will be shown on skating rinks: performances, ice dancing, fabulous extravaganzas and much more.
Every day from December 13 to January 12, children and adults at Manege Square will be greeted by popular fairy-tale characters of the European Christmas capital cities. Besides, here you can see glassblowers from the Czech Republic at work, and make traditional French Christmas wreaths under the guidance of masters from Alsace.
Every day of the festival, workshops on cooking European holiday dishes will be held in Mitinskaya Street. In creative master classes here, you can make Christmas decorations based after the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers or the Tyrolean-style light bulb decor.
Visitors to the festive venue in Orekhovy Boulevard will be taught to cook the traditional Russian drinks of Sbiten and Uzvar. In the neighboring pavilions there will be workshops on making New Year's toys in the manner of Vincent Van Gogh and Jan Vermeer paintings.
In festival chalets in Khachaturian Street, you will be shown how to make interior clay decorations in the style of "gingerbread houses", candles, and Christmas wreaths.
Ice Theaters and Sports Fun
The spectacular ice ballets that were admired by everyone at past festivals will reappear in the Christmas Journey program this year. This time, two sites will be opened for them at once - in Novopushkinsky Square and Revolution Square. Performances staged by Petr Chernyshev, a five-time US champion and two-time winner of the Four Continents championship in ice dancing, will be demonstrated in the Novopushkinsky Square, and the show of the two-time Olympic champion, multiple world and European champion Evgeni Plushenko will take place in Revolution Square.
In their free time, Ice Theaters will be used as regular skating rinks.
In addition to the Ice Theaters, another 11 ice rinks will be opened at the festival. One of the most famous and notable of them is the GUM Skating Rink in Red Square. In the new season it will be dedicated to the legendary Russian children's telecast “Good night, kids!” which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. Visitors will go ice skating, take pictures with their favorite cartoon characters and take part in skating master classes by world champion Alexei Yashin.
To do all this, make sure to register here.
See the program details here
When: December 13, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Where: Red Square next to metro stations Okhotny Ryad and Revolution Square, Moscow.
Author: Vera Ivanova