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Christmas Celebrations in Ukraine’s Capital City

15. December 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

As Christmas creeps closer, many cities around the world are starting to celebrate. Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, is hosting traditional festivities at Independence Square, as well as introducing new ones.


City officials are investing 100,000 more hryvnias than last year to organize colossal Christmas and New Year celebrations. Over 93 miles of garland with 1.5 million miniature light bulbs decorate the city center.


It all begins Friday as President Viktor Yanukovych, along with hundreds of celebrities and locals, attend the tree lighting ceremony. This year’s sky high specimen is nearly 115 feet tall, constructed of 480 individual fir trees.


On December 19th, Independence Square will celebrate St. Nicholas Day, the patron saint of children, by inviting 130 children’s choirs to sing at a special concert. St. Nicholas will be there as well to hand off his crosier, a decorative staff, to Kiev city deputy Oleksandr Popov.


One of the new events that Ukrainians will experience is a masked ball on December 31st, complete with professional actors, the Kiev academic municipal brass band, a percussion ensemble, and a stilt theater show, which combines puppets, pyrotechnics, acrobats and stilt walkers. Also, a spectacular light parade will begin at Bessarabska Square and end up at Independence Square.


On the Russian Orthodox Christmas of January 7th, a nativity scene will be displayed and more singing, dancing, and various entertainment troops will inundate Independence Square. Celebrations continue on January 13th when residents reflect and reminisce at a special show called “Recollections of the Old Year”.


Most major cities in Ukraine will be decorating giant trees and hosting special celebrations, straight through the first month of 2011. Find out what’s happening in your favorite Ukrainian ladies’ towns!