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22.12 – 14.01
This is probably the most spectacular time of the year in Moscow. The atmosphere is magical for people of all ages: performances, workshops, ice ballets, light installations, winter games and fireworks. For the first time, Tverskaya Street is the heart of all events. Let’s enjoy this winter and celebrate the New Year from Triumfalnaya to Lubyanka squares as well as in nine Moscow parks, along the Garden Ring and around this great capital.
workshops and magical shows
kilometres of garlands
participating countries
kilometres of the holiday route from Triumfalnaya to Lubyanka squares
firs and pines in fairytale woods on Manezhnaya Square
ice shows
musicians and actors

Main events

Ice theatre
Every festival day, visitors will see the best ice ballets staged by master skater Pyotr Chernyshev: interpretations of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Snow White and Cipollino as well as ice parties, musical nights and thematic screenings in Novopushkinsky Public Garden.

11 am – 8 pm, 22 December – 14 January
Where: Novopushkinsky Park
Magic forest
There will be a magic forest with more than 300 trees on Manezhnaya Square, right in the heart of the city. Take a walk around the forest and visit the immersive performance 12 Months where everyone can play without preparation. The venue is open on all festival days, 22 December — 14 January.

11 am — 8 pm, 22 December — 14 January
Where: Manezhnaya Square
19th Century New Year
Visit Revolyutsii Square to learn how families celebrated New Year and Christmas back in the 19th century, prepare for a New Year ball and brush up on the rules of etiquette.

There will also be a carving workshop for children to learn how to make Christmas decorations, postcards and candlesticks out of wood, well as ride a double decker carousel for free.

11 am — 8 pm, 22 December — 14 January
Where: Revolyutsii Square
Slide in front of the Kremlin
The famous ice slide just steps from the Kremlin will have four slopes this year for everyone to enjoy. The ice for the slide will be delivered from a mountain lake, and no weather changes will affect it: this ice only melts if the temperature rises higher than +4 degrees. The slide’s façade will be intricately carved with a replica of clocks adorning the Obraztsov Puppet Theatre. Take a ride on the slide while enjoying a view of the Kremlin!

11 am — 8 pm, 22 December — 14 January
Where: Crossing between Revolyutsii Square and Manezhnaya Square
International Christmas Theatre
Tverskaya Square will become a stage for European theatres. Visitors will be able to have a tour through fairytales from various countries. During workshops held at the Living Room Pavilion, children will learn how to make puppets for a home theatre. The children’s quest Magic White Forest also begins here, where it always snows and fairytale creatures live.

11 am — 8 pm, 22 December — 14 January
Where: Tverskaya Square
White Theatre
An angel, a snow giant and a living magical lantern: visit Klimentovsky Pereulok for a handful of wonders or to take part in an immersive show on every festival day. There will be workshops on stage design and playwriting for those willing to learn something new, as well as workshops on shadow plays, puppet theatres and kamishibai (Japanese storytelling theatre).

11 am — 8 pm, 22 December — 14 January
Where: Klimentovsky Pereulok
Scandinavian Christmas
Snow Queen, Pettson and Findus, Norwegian trolls who love to sing, and a Scandinavian theatre quest for children. Visitors will be able to enjoy a photo exhibition, play and watch performances based on fairytales by H.C. Andersen. The Novy Arbat Street venue is open on all festival days.

11 am — 8 pm, 22 December — 14 January
Where: all Novy Arbat Street venues
Snowboarding park at Novy Arbat
No joke, a real snowboarding park in the centre of Moscow with professional trainers and equipment. This is where those Norwegian trolls who enjoy singing will be living.

11 am — 8 pm, 22 December — 14 January
Where: 21 Novy Arbat Street
Theatre Journey quest
During the Journey to Christmas festival, everyone will be able to take part in a fun Christmas quest! All participants will receive a theatre traveler’s ID and questions about Moscow theatres and landmarks of the Garden Ring. They will have to find hints on the Garden Ring to answer them. Participants will also be able to answer questions about New Year and Christmas traditions at central and regional venues. They will get sweet New Year gifts, cinema tickets and signature prizes with festival emblems. Winners pick up their gifts at main Christmas shops.

Noon — 8 pm on working days, 11 am — 8 pm on weekends
22 December — 14 January
Where: You can begin the quest from any venue
New Year tours
Walking around winter Moscow is something special. This is a free tour dedicated to the city’s holiday traditions around the colourful city centre, in partnership with the Walk Moscow project. Tours in English will take place on 23, 24 and 30 December, and 6- and 7 January.
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Walking around winter Moscow

Pobedy Park on Poklonnaya Gora
Ice sculptures of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Big Ben and other famous landmarks will turn Poklonnaya Gora into a real ice city. And of course, there is no holiday without fireworks. Admire the colourful blasts and make wishes together with your friends and family.
Journey to Christmas
Moscow’s famous Journey to Christmas festival is pure magic! Adults and children, residents and tourists — everyone will remember it for the rest of their lives. There will be workshops on wood-carving and glass-blowing as well as fantastic street shows based on world-famous fairytales, operas and ballets, a 100-metre-long ice slide near the Kremlin, a snowboarding park at the heart of Moscow and, of course, traditional Russian cuisine.
Events in Parks
There will be the Vysotsky’s Place (Kvartirnik) concert in Tagansky Park, a tangerine party in Krasnaya Presnya Park, a theatre parade in the Hermitage Garden and dozens of installations, street shows, songs, poems and contests in Fili, Kolomenskoye, Sokolniki, Krasnaya Presnya, Lianozovo, Severnoye Tushino, Kuzminki, Babushkinsky and Izmailovsky parks. Choose the closest one and enjoy its special atmosphere!


Fili Park: 22 Bolshaya Filyovskaya Street, bld.1,
Krasnaya Presnya Park: 5 Mantulinskaya Street
Lianozovsky Park: 13 Uglichskaya Street
Tagansky Park: 40-42 Taganskaya Street
Kuzminki Park: 14 Zarechye Street
Babushkinsky Park:. 3 Menzhinskogo Street, 6 bld
Izmailovsky Park: 7 Alleya Bolshogo Kruga Street
The Garden Ring
There will be four interactive venues along the Garden Ring and a traditional Christmas quest as well as fairytale performances and children’s matinees, an interesting interactive programme and New Year treats. Everyone will enjoy this walk!


2nd Nikoloshchepovsky Pereulok (near Smolenskaya metro station)
Lermontovskaya Square
37 Zemlyanoy Val Street (near Chkalovskaya metro station)
Zatsepsky Val Street, Land Plot 4, bld. 2.
Light archways
These bright and colourful archways will delight festival-goers. This year, eight light installations will be decorated in the same style as the other festival elements: resembling the facades of famous Moscow theatres.
The famous Moscow ice rink is considered the largest rink in Europe! Come seek out the Christmas spirit: light installations and excellent music will create the right atmosphere. If you have not mastered skating, instructors will help you. There is also a picturesque bridge for couples and cute selfies.

Where: 119 Prospekt Mira
Open: Tuesday-Friday, 11 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm,
Weekends (and holidays): 10 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm
Closed on Mondays


Moscow is world famous for theatre and culture; its performances are known and adored around the world. That’s why theatre was chosen as the central theme of the winter holidays. Every venue will have fairytales, operas and ballets with famous performers as well as immersive performances where the audience takes part in the show together with actors.
Moscow theatres
World-famous Moscow theatres have prepared special music shows for people in the winter city.
Regional theatres
Beside Moscow theatres, there will also be regional theatres present at the festival. There will be companies from Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Samara and Perm. All of them won or were nominated for the Golden Mask Award, and now its organisers are going to present their shows at the Journey to Christmas festival.
Experimental stage
There will also be performances based on works by Russian author Pavel Bazhov: performances, shows and concerts staged by the Territoriya Culture and Contemporary Art Foundation and a cycle of workshops by leading Moscow actors.
Immersive street theatre
The main feature of immersive theatre is that the audience doesn’t just watch, but participates in the show and is an integral element. Young Moscow directors will stage famous Russian works in this format: «An Ordinary Miracle,» «Sadko,» «Snegurochka» (Snow Maiden), «The Tale of the Golden Cockerel,» «The Nutcracker,» «The Snow Queen» and others.
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