One of the most wonderful times of the year is right around the corner. Are you ready? Have you already prepared all of the gifts for your nearest and dearest?
New Year’s Eve is certainly the most beloved and long-awaited holiday in Russia. How are you going to celebrate it? If you haven’t decided yet or just have some doubts, keep reading.
Traditionally most people tend to spend New Year with their families. But what can be done if you are far from home?
Party with friends
If you love going out and want to have a vibrant New Year with your dancing shoes on, the best way to do it is to hit the club with your friends. Loud music, bright lights will give you an adrenaline rush.
However, some people prefer quieter celebration. So, create and organise your own home party. And don’t forget to swap gifts and have fun together!
*The celebration takes the whole night: it’s no wonder why the first 7-10 days of the new year are days off – people need time to recover!
New Year outdoors
The Red Square is the most popular place among Muscovites and city guests but on 31 December 2017 it will be closed. The First Channel will be shooting the TV show “Blue Light” (Голубой огонёк).
Moreover, GUM will also not be available during the night — the store closes at 20:00, skating on the GUM ice rink and a souvenir shop at GUM fair finish at 17:00.
According to the police, the entrance to the Red Square will be open during the first half of the day. After that, the square will be prepared for shooting the concert.
* The metro will work on New Year's Eve.
That is why we have prepared for you alternative ways of spending New Year’s Eve outdoors:
· The Museon Park of Arts
The recently renovated Museon sculpture park will have light and mirror installations, a heated lounge zone, an ice bar and fireworks.
This magical night will be remembered for its unusual atmosphere, sincere emotions, great music and pleasant experiences.
Moreover, Museon is across the street from Gorky Park, so you may even get the chance to visit two different celebrations.
· Gorky Park
The park will offer a range of activities on New Year's Eve, including one of the largest skating rinks in the city, multiple DJs, a light show and a small snowboarding hill.
New Year at VDNKh rink is declared as "New Year's night of cosmic wonders." Every hour on the rink there will be dancing workshops. On the stage, which will be framed in the form of a rocket, different music bands will perform. What’s more, you can see the New Year congratulations of the cosmonauts from the ISS.
Cost: 1500 RUB
· Garden "Hermitage"
On New Year's Eve, it will be divided into three thematic zones which will be dedicated to fairy-tale heroes. The scenery of the palace will be dedicated to Cinderella, a red zone with actors and actresses in dress uniforms, nuts, and a fireplace, Nutcracker; the white zone, Castle of the Snow Queen. There will be a theatrical performance in each zone. At the New Year's tree you will get Bengal lights, glowing ornaments and tangerines all night long, and there will be a concert on the main stage. The garden, cafes and ice rink will work all night. At 1 AM you will see a salute over the garden.
· Park “Sokolniki”
New Year's Eve in the park will be held in the style of the 90s. The headliner of the New Year concert is the Russian group Propaganda. There will also be a group Total and DJ Groove (Грув). At the entrance, Santa Claus (Ded Moroz) and the Snow Maiden will give everyone a tangerine. The ice rink will work until 3:00. Moreover, there will be a free session in honor of the New Year from 22:00 to 3:00.
*Bonus: the best places in Moscow to see fireworks you can find here: https://kudago.com/msk/list/gde-posmotret-novogodnij-salyut/
*From all of the places on our list, you can see not only the fireworks, but the spectacular view as well.
Another new year is knocking at the door with a fresh start, new opportunities and an exhilarating sense of rejuvenation. Remember, it doesn't matter where you are, but rather who you are with. It's the people that you surround yourself with that bring the most joy.
And don't forget to bid a goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 with open arms.
Happy New Year! ;)
Author: Anastasia Filatova
Editor: Irina Klimova
Proofreader: Kaelyn Cook