The New Year holidays are coming and almost every family has a question about where and how to celebrate them. This year, due to the pandemic and quarantine restrictions, the traditional festivities are partially canceled.
Nevertheless, the New Year locations and art installations will be opened in Ukrainian cities. 112.international prepares the set of places that will help you to plunge into the winter’s tale and leave your house during winter frost.
The residence of Saint Nicholas at the Carpathian Mountains
If you like winter Carpathians and you would like to impress your child, you should definitely visit the residence of Saint Nicholas at the Carpathian Mountains in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. Wonderworker settled in the unique place of the Ukrainian Carpathians. The house of Saint Nicholas is situated among the snow-covered Bukovyna Mountains and picturesque wooden manor houses.
The residence can be found in the territory of Krasna Polyana hotel. People can use an excursion tour to visit it; it will cost 550-600 ($19.6-21.5) hryvnia per person.
The territory of residence includes the workshop of Saint Nicholas, the museum-room of the Ukrainian traditional Christmas toy and the thematic exhibition with representations of Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas from all over the world.
In a kilometer from the residence, you can find one of the landmarks of the Prykarpattia - Upside Down House that will impress not only a child but also the adults.
New Year on a Farm near Dikanka
The Head and Solokha are cinematized characters of Gogol, whose short stories are well-known to each Ukrainian. Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka became so real that people can celebrate the New Year on the farm.
It will be possible to have fun at Poltava night celebrations from December 31 until January 1. The Gogol’s characters, festive table, famous varenyky from the stories, show program and many other things will wait for the guests of Dikanka.
The price of such a holiday will make about 4,500 hryvnia ($161). The price includes accommodation, transport and excursion services, food, tickets to the museum-estate of Ivan Kotliarevsky and museum-reserve of pottery, New Year banquet on a farm near Dikanka, New Year night celebrations at Cossack manor house and a workshop.
Moreover, it is possible to celebrate Christmas on a Farm near Dikanka. The program consists of two excursion days. The price for a Christmas celebration is 2,970-3,670 hryvnia ($106-131) per person.
The tour to Dikanka begins in Dnipro; however, the tourists from other Ukrainian cities can come to Poltava on their own and get to Dikanka with the help of a tour operator.
Hogsmeade Village from the Harry Potter universe
The fans of the Harry Potter universe should be thrilled after news about the opening of a new winter location - Osocor Winter Village near Kyiv. The location looks like Hogsmeade Village that is situated near Hogwarts in the universe of Harry Potter.
The guests of the mysterious village will meet different wizards and magicians. Besides, the huge ice rink and workshops on potions are prepared for the visitors.
Osocor Winter Village will be opened for guests until February 28. The locations work from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The entrance ticket costs 500 hryvnia ($18) per person.
It is possible to get to the location by the route taxi or taxi from Kyiv.
Magic forest in downtown Kyiv
This year, Kyiv refuses the traditional celebration of the New Year. However, the organizers of the festivity assure that magic locations and art installations will be installed in the capital.
A few locations will be set in Kyiv and they will be situated according to the New Year route downtown. The first location is Crystal Castle near the Peoples' Friendship Arch. 20-meter Christmas tree and ice rink will be set there. The second location is Petrykivka painting that will be situated at Kontraktova Square. The Ferris wheel and winter entertainments can be found there.
The main location of New Year 2021 is Sophia Square. It will be decorated in a magic forest style. 31-meter Christmas tree will be set at the square. The tree will be situated at the interactive stump. It is possible to enter the stump and make selfies and different photos. Besides, the main Christmas tree has a renewed design. The organizers decorated the top of the tree not with a traditional start but with a 58-kg hat. However, the hat will be replaced with the start on December 19.
All locations are united by the New Year route with an 8km-length.
The concerts and animation programs are canceled in Kyiv. Food courts are also doubted. Kyiv Mayor’s Office stated that food courts would not be installed, but the visitors would be able to drink coffee or mulled wine.
Winter country at Expocenter of Ukraine
It is one more location in Kyiv. The winter fairy tale is set in the territory of the Expocenter of Ukraine. The entertainments for adults and children expect the guests of the winter country. Food courts, photo zones, ice rink, Christmas tree and merry-go-round were installed in the territory.
Moreover, the Christmas Dream Factory is situated in the territory of the center. It is a magic city with realistic decorations that enable the guests to familiarize themselves with the production process of glass Christmas toys, visit the office of elf-wizard and participate in the thematic workshop on the painting by light on a huge screen.
Besides, the residence of Santa Claus is opened at Expocenter of Ukraine. According to the organizers, the locations received not only the new name but also its exterior has changed. It has become bigger three times. The location of 1,000 square meters is decorated in the magic forest style surrounded by magic creatures and heroes. The main building is Santa’s house.
The entrance to the territory of the Expocenter of Ukraine is free. The program has started on December 12 and will last until March 14.
The duration of work of New Year locations also depends on the decision of the government to introduce the lockdown in Ukraine. It is planned to introduce lockdown on January 8 and the locations might be closed for the period of enhanced quarantine measures.