Cel­e­brate New Year at these Kyiv venues

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle -

The dark win­ter nights have ar­rived, but that also means the fes­tive sea­son is here, and Kyiv’s bars and restau­rants are get­ting ready for their last but pos­si­bly big­gest events of the year — New Year’s par­ties.

While many in Ukraine cel­e­brate St. Ni­cholas Day on Dec. 19 and Christ­mas Day on Dec. 25, New Year’s Eve is still the big­gest party night of the year — a left­over of 70 years of Soviet tra­di­tion. Or­tho­dox Christ­mas and New Year (of­ten called “Old New Year”) now fall on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 re­spec­tively, as the Ju­lian Cal­en­dar used by the Or­tho­dox church has slid out of sync with the Gre­go­rian Cal­en­dar used in the West.

For those see­ing in the New Year in the Ukrainian cap­i­tal, the Kyiv Post has picked out some of the best venues of­fer­ing a range of en­ter­tain­ments and events on the last day of the year.

Out­door lo­ca­tions

Those who like to cel­e­brate New Year’s in a big crowd can join Kyiv’s res­i­dents on Sofi­ivska and Kon­trak­tova squares, where they can ex­pect a fes­tive at­mos­phere, en­ter­tain­ment and hot food and drinks. Both lo­ca­tions will hold or­ches­tra con­certs start­ing at 11 p.m. Af­ter mid­night, there will be fire­works shows and mu­si­cal per­for­mances. Apart from that, vis­i­tors will be able to treat them­selves to var­i­ous street foods, hot mulled wine and other drinks at the food courts on both squares. There will also be Christ­mas trees, lights and other hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions.

Kon­trak­tova and Sofi­ivska squares. 11 p. m. Free

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