New year tree in Kyiv: Why is it topped by a hat instead of traditional Christmas star?

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

The organizers explained why they are going to put the hat on the top of the tree instead of the Christmas star
09:00, 4 December 2020

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Kyiv decided to create Christmas areas at Sofiyska and Kontraktova squares, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The only difference between the celebrations is that due to the quarantine there will be no traditional concert this year, and the format of the Christmas market is also open to question.

At first, everything looked as usual: the workers began to erect the frame. But the situation took a sudden turn – a giant yellow hat appeared at the square. The organizers explained that they are going to put the hat on the top of the tree instead of the Christmas star.

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Not Slytherin, are you sure?

The hat on the main tree will not talk or take people to Hogwarts. Back in September, the organizers of the Folk Ukraine holiday announced the theme of the holiday as "Fairy Forest" and promised to make a surprise. And they did it!

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Another feature of the tree is the "fairy stump." A large stump will be placed at the base of the tree, and the tree itself will be artificial. Folk Ukraine President Ihor Dobrutsky said that there would be a door inside the hemp, various photo zones, and activities, Segodnya media outlet reports.

The area of ​​the fairy stump is 34 meters, and its diameter is approximately ten meters. Those who wish can get into it through the large doors and go down the special stairs. Windows will open in the hemp, and owls will look out of them.


"The stump will serve as the base, and on it we will install the main Christmas tree of the country. We will decorate it with a special star. The height of the structure with the Christmas tree is up to 31 meters. This is the tallest Christmas tree on Sofiyska Square," Dobrutsky said.

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The tree will be decorated with toys in the form of forest animals, cones, mushrooms, acorns, bright lamps in the form of candles.

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"If everything goes well, then everyone will be able to go to the fabulous stump and take bright photos there. But we took into account the worst option. If mass events are banned in the city, then people can simply admire the decoration of the New Year's beauty," Dobrutsky explained.

It will be highlighted in green, and white garlands will go down. These garlands will create a dome over Sofia Square. At the entrance to the fair, there will be three huge arches, themed decorations, and all this will be illuminated with bright lights.

Five photo zones with artificial Christmas trees will be placed on Sofiyska Square, and there will also be hats on all Christmas trees. Each photo zone will be with elves, gnomes, and forest animals.


A New Year tree is tentatively worth around 180-250,000 USD but sponsors and advertisers paid for it. No funds will be spent from the city budget.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for December 19, St. Nicholas Day.

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Christmas trees in other countries

In the capital of Belgium, Brussels, the tree was decorated at the end of November, its height is 18 meters.

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In Vilnius, Lithuania, on the Cathedral Square, a Christmas tree was decorated in the surrealistic. According to its author, "it is transforming, going beyond its limits" and with this surrealism, it reminds the passing year. An ordinary Christmas tree was placed inside the structure.

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In Erfurt, Germany, the Christmas market has been canceled. Instead, they set up a Christmas tree in the square in front of St. Mary's Cathedral.


In Prague, unfortunately, the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony did not take place due to the coronavirus, and the fairs were canceled. The tree is decorated in the colors of the national tricolor. The tree is decorated with six kilometers of garlands of light, several hundred Christmas balls of blue, white, and red colors, forty stars, and a three-meter-high decoration at the top.

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