Kyiv's Sofiyska square hosted the solemn opening of Ukraine's main Christmas tree. 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasted the event.
The festivities began at 5 p.m., as the carnival march took place, and the visitors met with "St. Nicholas the Wonderworker". The music concert included performances by NAONI orchestra and Druha Rika rock band.
The tree is over 20 meters high and consists of 400 live pines; 750 New Year tree decorations and four kilometers of fairy lights.
The eight-pointed star will be unfurled around the tree. This year, the theme of the festive decoration of Sophia Square is devoted to the fairy tale "The Nutcracker."
The festivities timed to the winter holidays began in Kyiv on December 12.