Celebrating New Year in Moscow
New Year is the most popular and colorful holiday of the year celebrated by the Russians. The preparations for the New Year Eve program are as interesting as the New Year Night itself. Starting in early December all the city is getting decorated — the shops, the streets, the squares and the houses.
People love Christmas tree decorating, some buy real fir trees, some do with the artificial ones. The decoration is done by all the family members and it’s traditional to keep some tree ornaments from your childhood, they are made of glass — retro and precious.
The decoration of the Main Department Store, GUM is amazing. Yearly parade of Christmas trees is worth of being seen. Look around and enjoy it while eating popular GUM ice-cream.
There is a skating ring just in the middle of the Red Square. Rent a pair of skates and you will have an unforgettable winter experience of sliding under the charming clock of Spasskaya Tower and having champagne at the cafe afterwards. You will also like walking around Christmas Fairs and getting some souvenirs home.
Ded Moroz (or Santa Claus) and Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden) are the characters from Russian folklore. They are the ones who make New Year a real festive holiday: saying greetings for adults, giving presents for children. Ded Moroz is an old but never-aging man who comes from the Far North bringing snow and frost with him. Snegurochka, his granddaughter, a girl made of snow, is always young and beautiful. They both visit homes with the presents or stroll the streets participating in the celebrations.
It is Russian tradition to put the dolls of Ded Moroz and Snegurochka under the tree.
It could also be a symbol of the year, a dog for 2018, or a Nutcracker.
To celebrate New Year in Moscow is always enjoyable.
The main squares and streets are full of actors singing and dancing, beautiful decorations and lights are lit everywhere.
Come for a a great holiday!