Journey to Christmas on Moscow’s Streets

With their street performances, fairs, shows, as well as classical and sacred music concerts, Christmas festivals in Moscow have already become a tradition.

Journey to Christmas

This year, ‘Journey to Christmas’ kicks off on December 16 and lasts until January 15 on all the city’s central streets and squares.

Ice shows starring 50 professional figure skaters will take place at the Magic Ice Theatre on Revolution Square, featuring such shows as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cipollino and Snow White. Skates will also be available for hire along with training sessions by professional coaches.

A gigantic ice slide will connect Manezhnaya Square and Revolution Square for visitors to enjoy a fast, breath-taking ride. The venue will also host street theatre shows, stilt-walkers and fiery dance shows.

Kids will love interactive theatre and circus shows in Manezh Square.

A magic light installation, Musical Forest, will premiere on Pushkin Square. Tverskoi Boulevard will welcome the youngest athletes with a new curling ground, kids’ snowboarding, an ice slide and snowball games.

Tverskaya Square will host Christmas Cuisine with culinary lessons from European chefs followed by traditional Russian Christmas festivities with carol singing, yuletide and fortune telling on January 6-9.

Novy Arbat will offer the longest book fair in Moscow to uphold its reputation as the world’s best-read city.

More information is available on the festival website (in Russian).

VI Moscow Classical Music Festival Christmas Fest

From December 16 through January 10, the Moscow House of Music (Performing Arts Centre) invites classical music lovers to its traditional Christmas festival. See the schedule here.

VII Moscow Christmas Festival of Sacred Music

From January 9 through January 24, right after the Orthodox Christmas on January 7, the Moscow House of Music will hold the VII Moscow Christmas Festival of Sacred Music. See the schedule and buy tickets here.