City Life Where to cel­e­brate Christ­mas in Kyiv

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - WITH MARIYA KAPINOS [email protected]­POST.COM

Kyiv's Christ­mas-New Year's hol­i­days run from now un­til mid-Jan­uary, giv­ing peo­ple plenty of time to cel­e­brate as the city's parks and squares are dec­o­rated with merry il­lu­mi­na­tions, turn­ing the city into a win­ter fairy­tale. The Kyiv Post has picked the best lo­ca­tions in Kyiv to catch the Christ­mas spirit:

NeoYear N 2018 on Sofi­ivska Square

The main Christ­mas fe fes­tiv­i­ties will be held on Sofi­ivska Square, near a 26-me­ter-high Christ­mas tree de­liv­ered from the Carpathian Moun­tains. Mu­sic per­for­mances and chil­dren's events will take place on Sofi­ivska and nearby Mykhailivs­ka squares. Food courts will be set up on Volodymyrs­ky Pas­sage Street near Sofi­ivska Square.

NeoYear 2018 on Sofi­ivska Square. Dec. 19 – Jan. 14.

Win­ter W Land at VDNH

An­other lo­ca­tion to tap into Christ­mas at­mos sphere is the VDNH ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ter. An ice rink, food courts, photo zones, pup­pet show and pet­ting zoo will be open there along with a clothes mar­ket by Ukrainian de­sign­ers. Guardians of Dreams 3D tal­ent show, a mix of ac­ro­bat­ics, light ef­fects and mod­ern dances en­tan­gled in chil­dren’s fairy­tale, will be per­formed two to three times a day from Dec. 16 un­till Jan. 21.

Win­ter Land at VDNH. 1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave. Dec. 19 – Jan. 14. Guardians of Dreams sched­ule: con­ events/var­tovi-mrii

Mari­in­sky Park

Santa Claus is com­ing to Kyiv, wel­com­ing those who still be­lieve in him at his res­i­dence in Mari­in­sky Park. The park will trans­form into Santa’s en­ter­tain­ment town with toy shops, cook­ing mas­ter classes and cafes. Be­sides Santa, other mag­i­cal crea­tures, such as fairies, will also be there. They will help Santa col­lect chil­dren’s let­ters and en­ter­tain the audi-

ence, both chil­dren and adults, with Christ­mas car­ols.

Mari­in­sky Park. Dec. 16 – Jan 15.

Taras T Shevchenko Park

Shevchenko Park near t the red build­ing of Taras Shevchenko Na­tional Univer­sity of Kyiv will turn into a daz­zling win­ter won­der­land with il­lu­mi­nated stat­ues and dec­o­rated cafes. Food courts will of­fer Ukrainian tra­di­tional food and hot bev­er­ages, while a hol­i­day mar­ket will sell hand-made presents.

Taras Shevchenko Park. Dec. 16 – Jan. 14. A cloth­ing and food mar­ket, an ice sculp­tures p park, an ice rink and a Fer­ris wheel will be open on Kon­trak­tova Square dur­ing the hol­i­days. Kon­trak­tova Square. Dec. 19 – Jan. 16.

Peo­ple’s Pe Friend­ship Arch A

The site near Peo­ple’s Friend­ship Arch will host Christ­mas DJ mar­ket with li live mu­sic per­for­mances, food courts and hot bev­er­ages. Guests will also get a chance to lis­ten to clas­sic Ukrainian Christ­mas Car­ols. Peo­ple’s Friend­ship Arch. Dec. 23 – Jan. 14.

Spivoche Spi Pole Park

Flower ex­hi­bi­tion in the mid­dle of a chilly win­ter? Easy. Spivoche Pole Park will present frozen fl flower bou­quets, along with 20 un­usual ice sculp­tures. Christ­mas mar­ket at Spivoche Pole will host Ukrainian tra­di­tional fes­tiv­i­ties, food courts and warm­ing bev­er­ages.

Spivoche Pole Park. 33 Lavrska St. Dec. 15 – Jan. 30. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where to party

A Af­ter a chal­leng­ing 2017, m many ex­pe­ri­ence a lot of p pres­sure choos­ing where to cel­e­brate the New Year. Tra­di­tion­ally, thou­sands will wel­come the year of 2018 on Sofi­ivska Square near the main tree that was lighted on the Ortho­dox St. Nick­o­las Day on Dec. 19. Those ea­ger to party all-night-long can drop by al­most any Kyiv club or dance hall that will host shows for every taste and bud­get.

New Year Party on Sofi­ivska Square. Dec 31. 9 p.m. Free.

Happy New Year Pre-Party. D.Fleur. Dec 27. 11 p.m. Hr 100

At­las New Year 2018. At­las. Dec. 31. 10 p.m. Hr 400-2,000

Closer: NY Night. Closer. Dec 31. 11:55 p.m. Hr 600

New Year’s Eve: Adri­a­tique. Chi by Deca­dence House. Dec. 31. 11 p.m. Hr 300

Peo­ple en­joy hot bev­er­ages at the Christ­mas mar­ket on Sofiyivska Square in Kyiv on Dec. 20. (Oleg Pe­tra­siuk)

Chil­dren en­joy Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions in Mari­in­sky Park in Kyiv on Dec. 28, 2016. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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