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2018 Journey to Christmas programme

Whether it’s cooking unusual treats, watching street performances or joining themed guided tours, there’s something for everyone at the festival

The last working week of this year is longer than usual but nobody should be unhappy about this. The Journey to Christmas Festival continues, which means that after work in the evening or after studying, people can go and have fun or even do something useful. suggests some of the most interesting things to target during the week ahead.

Wednesday: Guided tour and send a letter to Father Frost

Those who are free on Wednesday afternoon can join a guided tour with Moscow Walking Tours. Participants will walk around the centre of Moscow to find out what it means to “walk like a Russian.” The tour starts at 1 pm outside Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro on the side of Bogoyavlensky Pereulok.

Come evening, at 6 pm, Vladi Blaiberg will perform in Profsoyuznaya Street. Voice and Russian X-Factor participant will also sing on Friday in Khachaturyan Street.

Star Factory 2 finalist Yelena Terleyeva will sing on Yunosti Square in Zelenograd and will also perform in Khachaturyan Street on 27 December.

A venue in Gorodetskaya Street will turn into a theatre stage. The Antrakt performance theatre will show its play Father Frost Post. The AlT theatre will put on its show Children’s Holiday Songs on Slavy Square.

Thursday: Spanish culture and GUM mysteries

Thursday is the middle of the working week this year but people in Moscow can still have fun on this day. Time for a guided tour.

At 1 pm at Teatralnaya metro station, Moscow Walking Tours are offering to take those who are interested on the Wonderful Stories from Teatralnaya Square to a Masquerade Ball walking tour. This will also be organised on 28 December.

At 2 pm, the Happy New GUM: Holiday Symbols guided tour on the history of the country’s main department store will begin at the statue of Georgy Zhukov.

During the evening hours, a walk down Tverskaya Street might be quite a pleasant thing to do. At 6.30 pm there’ll be a cooking class and people will be able to learn how to prepare paella from the Fisherman’s Wife fairytale. At 7 pm, Rachik Orudzhev and Cover Club will present their Spanish music concert.

A Christmas tree decoration workshop and a themed play, How to Decorate a Christmas Tree, will take place at 6 pm in Orekhovy Boulevard. Instructions on how to make Christmas tree and festive decorations will be given.

In Novopeschanaya Street, Russian X-Factor finalist Irina Olifer will present her programme, Fusion Winter Songs. Her second concert will follow on Saturday at 6 pm on Glory Square.

Also on Thursday, Alexei Khvorostyan will present his gig Winter Dance Rythms in Sirenevy Boulevard in Troitsk.

Friday: Hungarian puppets

Friday afternoon is a good time to visit Tverskaya Square for a show by Hungarian puppeteer Bence Sarkadi and his Theatre of Marionettes, at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Those who can’t see the show on Friday will have another chance on Saturday at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm.

The Merchant Style: From Pokrovsky to Yauzsky guided tour will begin at 5 pm at the Monument to the Heroes of the Siege of Plevna (Kitai-Gorod station).

Several venues will host concerts at 6 pm. Mishel band will perform in Stroginsky Boulevard. The Maori cover band will sing in Profsoyuznaya Street. CoffeetimeBand will take to the stage in Yartsevskaya Street. Those heading for Slavy Square will be able to enjoy a performance given by People’s Artist talent show winner Alexei Goman. One Life cover band will perform famous hits in Sirenevy Boulevard.

Saturday: City centre walks and pear salad

This year’s last working day should be rounded off with a walk down Gogolevsky Boulevard. The two-hour Prechistenka Walks: From Gogol to Gogol guided tour will begin at 5 pm at Kropotkinskaya metro.

The Winter Dance Rythms concert with Yulia Nachalova will commence at 6 pm in Stroginsky Boulevard. Music enthusiasts will also get a chance to enjoy a performance by A capella ExpresS in Yartsevskaya Street and the Winter Symphony Notes concert given by Liliya Zamulina in Khachaturyan Street.

At 6.30 pm on Tveskaya Square, a culinary workshop will begin for anyone who fancies trying their hand at making a pear salad from A Jar of Honey fairytale.

There are plenty of other activities at Journey to Christmas venues, including sliding, skating and other winter sports, Christmas shopping, unusual food and various creative workshops.