Balls, Russian fairy tales and stylish Christmas trees: Journey to Christmas festival begins in Moscow

December 14, 2021

The traditional Journey to Christmas winter festival begins in Moscow. From 10 December to 9 January, Muscovites and guests of the capital are expected at skating rinks and festival venues throughout the city. On the streets, Christmas trees decorated in different styles have been installed. There will also be fairs where you can buy New Year's gifts and festive eats and drinks.

All events of the Journey to Christmas festival will be held with observance of sanitary and epidemiological standards. Visitors will need to keep a social distance and wear masks.

Nutcracker, Russian fairy tales and merchant style

On Revolution Square, the festival site is decorated in merchant style: bright multi-layered beads, artificial fur and inserts in the form of gemstones. In decoration, gold color, different shades of red, as well as white, silver and juicy green of coniferous tree branch is dominated. All this refers to the Muscovite women’s accessories and New Year's decoration of houses.

Cedars, which grow on Tverskaya Square, sparkled with thousands of lights: specially for the holiday, they were decorated with more than 10 kilometers of garlands. On the venue, the atmosphere of Christmas balls has been created: music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Johann Strauss will be played there, and guests will be able to buy everything necessary for the New Year holidays. The venue is divided into two parts. One part has been decorated with art objects in the form of masks and fans: here, a masquerade ball for adults is presented. Another one invites you to a children's ball based on the Nutcracker fairy tale. Guests will see human-sized nutcracker toys and will be able to ride a rocking horse.

On Svyatoozerskaya Street, the venues are decorated in the Russian fairy tales style: colorful beads and golden cones.

Press service of the organizing committee of the Moscow Seasons urban street events series

Design Christmas trees

During the festival, a gallery of design Christmas trees will be opened next to the Central Universal Department Store on the Kuznetsky Bridge. Designers Artyom Krivda, Anastasia Zadorina, conductor Yuri Bashmet, TV presenter Alla Mikheeva, singer Egor Kreed, Bolshoi Theater premier Denis Rodkin, as well as other Moscow designers, young artists and media personalities took part in their decoration. Each of the 15 forest beauties has its own unique decor, and the ‘Christmas Trees of Big Cities. New Year's Traditions’ theme united them all.

Trees decorated in different styles are also installed at 26 festival venues of the capital. Christmas trees in a classic style with red and gold balls appeared on Novy Arbat Avenue (building 13, 15, 19, 21) and Sirenevy Boulevard (building 1). Trees decorated in accordance with the New Year traditions of Southern Europe stand on Matveevskaya Street (estate 2) and Orekhovy Boulevard (building 24). On Khachaturiana street, guests are greeted by a Christmas tree decorated with Indian motifs, and at the intersection of Sokolovo-Meshcherskaya and Yurovskaya streets, the tree is decorated with traditional Japanese fans and paper lanterns.

Press service of the organizing committee of the Moscow Seasons urban street events series

Skating rinks and curling

18 skating rinks are waiting for guests during the festival days. For example, you can skate on Gorodetskaya, Veshnyakovskaya and Profsoyuznaya streets, as well as Koptevsky Boulevard and in the mini park near the Golyanovsky Pond. There is a curling ground on Shkolnaya Street (in support of the Russian national team in this sport at the Winter Olympic Games in China). Visiting all sports grounds is possible only by prior registration. The full program can be found on the website.

The Journey to Christmas festival has been held in the capital since 2013. Guests can get acquainted with Russian and European traditions of winter holidays, try eats and drinks and choose souvenirs. In the winter of 2019/2020, the festival became a record-setting in duration — it lasted 50 days. It was visited by more than 26 million people.


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