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Christmas trees, skating rink, Ferris wheel and goats: Festive mood of Ukrainian capital

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Source : 112 Ukraine

December 19, Kyiv has traditionally lit Ukraine’s main Christmas tree, and also opened a new New Year route, which consists of three festive towns. A special map for the route was created
11:57, 29 December 2020

 

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Sofia square

The first point on the route map is the heart of the New Year's capital – Sophia Square. It was here that the main Christmas tree of the country was installed and various art installations were placed.

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Yes! This year, the organizers have given up traditional entertainment and food courts, holiday concerts, and other fun. However, they did their best to decorate the tree. The tree is 31 m high, it is decorated with a bright green garland and fabulous toys, the top of the tree is decorated with a star, and not a hat, as planned. Also, beams of light are attached to the tree in the form of stretched garlands. Looks pretty modern and festive. It is not for nothing that the Kyiv Christmas tree entered the top ten most beautiful Christmas trees in Europe.

If you wanted not only to take a picture but also to remember a fabulous childhood, then the organizers have installed the carousel.

In addition, you can see real Christmas goats on Sofia Square. We all know that "driving goats" at Christmas is a Slavic rite, which is a symbol and stimulator of fertility and wealth. So, in the square, you can not only meet goats but also feed them.

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Tip: you should go to Sofia Square on weekdays. On weekends, a social collapse is observed in the center of Kyiv, despite the fact that quarantine restrictions and a mask regime are still in effect in Ukraine. Arriving at the square, you can see a picture of post-coronavirus life - there is no distance, just like masks. Especially in the queues at the food courts.

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People's friendship arch

The second New Year's town is located under the Kyiv Arch of Friendship of Peoples. The main tree of Kyiv (tree height - 20 m), a skating rink, and photo zones are equipped here. Also beautifully decorated is the bridge that connects Khreshchaty Park and Volodymyrska Hirka. Well, there are a lot of different installations.

What immediately catches your eye is the ice rink! A skating ring around the New Year tree has been equipped. A piano and a cozy recreation area were also installed on the territory of the rink. For now, skating is not allowed, as the zone is just being installed. But soon you will be able to have a great time skating and listening to live music.

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At the second location of the New Year's route, fewer people are observed, but the situation with respect to quarantine is exactly the same as in Sofia Square.

Fewer installations have been installed on the way to the third location, but that's good, so you can take a break from selfies.

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Kontraktova ploshcha

The last location of the capital's New Year's route is the center of Podil – Kontraktova Square. Here people can admire the Christmas tree, ride a Ferris wheel and a carousel. There is also an ice rink and food courts on the square.

The organizers of the location did not forget about the kids. A traditional winter attraction - a tubing slide and a carousel Christmas tree - was installed for little guests on Kontraktova Square.

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Again, the quarantine on the territory of the New Year's town is far from ideal. Most people do not wear masks and do not respect social distancing.

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It should be noted that the city authorities have already thought about closing New Year's locations due to massive violations of restrictions. But there is also good news, the main tree of the country will definitely not be closed.

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