Concert, ice show and fireworks: New Year's night at VDNKh

December 31, 2019
Parks and pedestrian areas

Welcome the New Year at VDNKh. On the night of 1 January, watch Russian pop stars' shows, join a carnival procession arranged at the rink and enjoy festive fireworks.

As a New Year present, a free concert featuring Nargiz, Alexei Vorobyov, Pyotr Dranga, Alexei Glyzin, Vitas, Anita Tsoi, Sogdiana, as well as Zemlyane, VIA Gra, M-Band, Turetsky Soprano, Turetsky Choir and many others will take place the stage in front of the central entrance arch.

The show starts at 09:00 pm on 31 December to last two hours. The event will be hosted by singer Rodion Gazmanov and TV journalist Irina Pudova. 11:00 pm till 03:00 am, popular DJs Leonid Rudenko and Stas Merkulov will create a festive mood on the stage.

'Welcoming the New Year at VDNKh is a great alternative to feasting at home and watching TV. Our guests will see live performances by famous artists. Make a wish and welcome the new year 2020 under the huge Christmas Time clock. It is not a model, it accurately counts down the time. You will find this illuminated 19 m high installation in front of the Central Pavilion,' told the Press Service of VDNKh.

The Central Alley's rink and the site behind Agriculture Pavilion No.58 will host a festive program 'Winter Fairy Tale at VDNKh'.

Russia’s chief ice rink will be open from 05:00 pm on 31 December till 03:00 am on 1 January. Tickets are already on sale. Festivities begin at 08:00 pm with an ice show followed by the performance of Russian and foreign pop artists, including T-Killah and Jude (South Korea), Anna Vorfolomeyeva and Malina.

10:00 pm till 03:00 am, actors dressed as fairy tale characters will perform on the ice rink. They will arrange carnival processions together with visitors to the rink. You will find a stage next to the Friendship of Peoples fountain with music bands and popular DJs performing.

Four large screens will be mounted on the rink's grounds to watch traditional greetings and the festive program. After the Kremlin chimes strike midnight, enjoy the festive fireworks.

Join the New Year party on the site behind Agriculture Pavilion No. 58 running from 10:00 pm on 31 December until 03:00 am on 1 January. Admission is free. Animators dressed in costumes of fairy-tale creatures will entertain adults and children. Buy souvenirs and gifts at the Christmas market on the spot.

Russia’s chief exhibition has already been decorated for the New Year holidays. Citizens and Moscow guests are welcome to admire decorated fir trees and numerous light sculptures.

Glowing flowers have replaced lawns and flowerbeds. 4 m high dandelion lamps 'grow' now on both sides of the Central Pavilion. There is a whole field of flickering fireflies on Promyshlennosti Square.

There are over 300 light compositions and sculptures installed on the exhibition's grounds. You will find a 20 m high blue spruce, which has been growing since 1959 at the northern entrance arch decorated with snowflakes, colourful balls and garlands that resemble sparkling tinsel in the 1950s style. A ruby-coloured star is fixed on the fir tree top. Enjoy festive decorations until the end of February.

Winter at VDNKh

The winter season started at VDNKh on 22 November with the opening of the ice rink. Covering 20,500 sq m, it is the largest artificial ice rink in Europe. The rink is centred around an unusual installation of glowing snowdrops, cornflowers, forget-me-nots and 2020 artworks.

In addition to skating, VDNKh visitors will enjoy dozens of other winter activities. There is a 7 m high tubing slide with five 68 m long slides mounted in front of Pavilion No. 57. It is open in any weather, as its slopes have a special all-weather coating. 

As soon as there is enough snow, snowmobiles and 4-wheelers will be available for rent. For the entire winter season, the Crafts Park turns into a Father Frost's factory for Muscovites to make gifts for their nearest and dearest together with artists and craftsmen.

The City Farm invites kids 2+ and their parents. You will view a New Year performance 'Who Lives in a Box?’ based on Scandinavian fairy tales and legends, and other productions for the whole family. New Year performances will run until 12 January. The winter season at VDNKh will last until 1 March.

In 2019, VDNKh turned 80. Annually, 30 million people visit Russia’s chief exhibition. Covering more than 325 ha, the area houses 49 cultural heritage sites, historical pavilions and fountains.

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