New Year Shows
December is the month to enjoy New Year performances in Moscow: Christmas music, operas and ballets. The favorite ballet for all the family is the “Nutcracker” which has been staged in so many theaters, and still the story and magical music of Chaikovskiy inspires artists and spectators. A famous figure-skater and a choreographer, Ilya Averbuch made strikingly beautiful Show on Ice.
Another hit of the winter program is the “Snow Maiden,” an opera composed by Rimskiy-Korsakov. The gorgeous and lyrical opera is based on a well-known Russian fairy tale. The Snow Maiden is warm and beautiful, but her heart is made of ice. If she falls in love with a man her heart will melt and she will die. Enchanted by the shepherds boy Lel, she is learning to love, and love is forbidden for her.
There is a popular show for children, the “Kremlin Christmas Tree” which is held in the Kremlin Palace every year. At Soviet times schoolchildren were rewarded with the trip to Moscow to see this show. Nowadays the concept is different but the show is still the biggest and most attractive one for young visitors.
New Year presents are given by Ded Moroz and Snegurochka at the end of each show. You can see children carrying these colorful boxes full of sweets and chocolates everywhere — on the streets, in the buses or metro. During the holidays they visit several children performances bringing beautiful boxes home.
With the best wishes from Moscow!