Kyiv has begun preparations for the New Year holidays. Find out more about winter holidays in Kyiv, Christmas Tree, and traditional attractions that have already been opened for residents and visitors.
Here are some ideas on how to spend the winter holidays in Kyiv:
The main Christmas tree of the country will be installed on Sofiyska Square by December 6, as announced by Vitali Klitschko.
This year, Christmas will be celebrated according to the new Julian calendar, and the installation of the Christmas tree will begin before December 6, with removal scheduled by January 10. The installation work is set to commence on December 3. The costs associated with the installation and decoration of the Christmas tree will be covered by the company “Global-Decor.” The tree will be set up with limited electricity usage.
No mass events, fairs, or entertainment are planned. The organization of events should take place in locations with shelter and at no cost to the budget of Kyiv.
Starting from December 1, an ice rink will be operational at “Artzavod Platforma,” near the “Lisova” metro station.
Unlimited skating will be available for 300 hryvnias per day, and the rental of skates is included in the price. The location will also feature a food court. Additionally, on the embankment near the River Mall shopping center in Osokorky, the “Crystal Ice Rink” will open on December 9.
The open-air ice rink will cover an area of approximately 1600 square meters, offering an “urban landscape,” as highlighted by the organizers. Decorations, photo zones, and a festive Christmas tree shaped like a “giant crystal” will adorn the location. Visitors can also enjoy a carousel and a food court offering a variety of food and beverages.
On December 1, 2023, the residence of Saint Nicholas will commence operations at the National Reserve “Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.” It will be located in the Great Lavra Bell Tower, which has become accessible to residents and visitors of Kyiv for the first time in 30 years.
The residence will be open every Saturday and Sunday, as well as on December 6, 19, and 25, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the following address: 9 Lavrska Street.
Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra started using the new Julian calendar on November 15, coinciding with the start of the Christmas fast. From September 1, the new calendar has been adopted by the Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches of Ukraine.