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Carnival, dancing or light shows: A complete guide to how to best celebrate New Year’s Eve in Moscow parks

The festive programme includes celebrity performances, light and circus shows, quest games, workshops, skating, firework displays and masses of other things too. Park visitors will be presented with tangerines and sparklers. Festivities will continue to 3 am, 1 January.

On the night of 31 December to 1 January, a total of 25 Moscow parks will have entertaining festive programmes starting around 10 pm and lasting till 3 am. At midnight, the parks will broadcast the Russian President’s address as well as that of the Moscow Mayor. At 1 am there will be firework displays at 20 parks. A total of 17 venues now have skating rinks and food courts offering food and hot non-alcoholic beverages. People in the parks will also be presented with tangerines and sparklers.

Pobedy Park on Poklonnaya Gora: Musical greetings from celebrities

Pobedy Park on Poklonnaya Gora will be hosting a gala concert given by celebrity participants from famous vocal contests that have won awards and have taken part in television projects, including the New Wave, the Golden Gramophone and The Voice Russia. The festivities start in the Moscow Defenders’ Alley at 10 pm (the location might change). The list of performers will include Olga Sinyayeva, Alexandra Belyakova, Azer Nasibov and Mariya Panyukova. Liya Sarkisyan, participant in the X Factor: Main Stage show, plus Artsvik Harutyunyan, who represented Armenia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, will be the headliners of the concert.

Between the performances, the concert audience will be able to learn more about the New Year traditions of various Russian regions. Park visitors will also be able to visit the Ice Moscow: In the Family Circle festival venue and participate in a flash mob with sparkles.

The Hermitage Garden: Van Gogh-style party

The New Year’s Eve atmosphere in The Hermitage Garden will be filled with magic and Vincent Van Gogh’s artworks, as this year’s celebration programme was inspired The Starry Night. The Hermitage Garden will offer an interactive art installation that will allow visitors to complete the famous painting and touch the starry sky.

Black Square theatre actors will give a grand performance on adventures and victories, funny and sad things, as well as dreams and reality. At a New Year-themed workshop, visitors will be able to make their own Christmas star. There also will be a traditional festive dinner table decorated with a light installation. At 11 pm, there’ll be lots of fun and games as Father Frost and Snow Maiden will arrive to entertain people of all ages.

Tagansky Park: Electrotheatre-style light show

Tagansky Park visitors will be able to experience the Sparkling New Year: a bright, spectacular show featuring themed art installations from the Fire Laboratory, which were inspired by electrotheatres. This is expected to leave an unforgettable impression on the audience. The evening will start with an entertainment programme with contests and prizes hosted by the main New Year characters – Father Frost and Snow Maiden.

By midnight, the Tagansky Park’s main square will light up and there’ll be a theatrical light show plus a laser show organised by Moscow’s best performers. There will be music and dancing as well; on the main stage, there will be a performance given by the Raymond Band cover band, plus the Royal Ballet dance company. At 1 am, the celebration will continue with a disco party.

Lianozovsky Park: Journey to the jazz epoch

The main square of the Lianozovsky Park will host a jazz dance party, where people will be able to enjoy Charleston, boogie-woogie and swing music performed by a jazz band. Entertainers wearing 1920-1930s costumes will conduct workshops and themed games for visitors of all ages, plus organise a swing dance-off contest.

In the interactive photo zone, people will be able to dress up in 1920s garments such as feathered hats, boas and bowties. Those who ever wanted to act will enjoy the Audition zone found on the dance floor. A cameraman and an assistant film director will assign the roles, distribute the props and film amateur actors’ improvisations on camera to then send the audition tapes to the actors’ e-mail addresses.

The Bauman Garden: Plays for everyone

The festive programme in The Bauman Garden will culminate with performances by musical and theatre groups. At 10.30 pm Father Frost and Snow Maiden, will stage an interactive play for children, dedicated to the mysteries and miracles of New Year’s Eve. Musicians in bright costumes will perform New Year tunes, while at 1.05 am, the theatre group Amigo will stage another performance with a fascinating plot, which will fill the atmosphere with magic. The evening will continue with a disco party on ice to the music of a dynamic DJ set.

50-Letiya Oktyabrya Park: Magical gnomes’ workshop

This year, New Year celebrations at 50-Letiya Oktyabrya Park will be held at the Family Square, where visitors will be greeted by magical gnomes. After treating the people to tangerines, these fairy tale characters will invite them to participate in creative workshops, where people will be able to try and make carnival masks or paint on golden nuts. The evening will conclude with a dance show with a DJ.

Goncharovsky Park: Adventure a la Fort Boyard

At Goncharovsky Park, visitors will be able to participate in a fascinating quest game called Father Frost’s Key. Guided by the host dressed as a Snow Maiden, the participants will test their agility and quick wits in the best traditions of the Fort Boyard game show. Entertainers wearing fairy tale characters’ costumes, as well as music performed by popular cover bands, will walk the participants through the game.

Gorky Park: Ice dancing to vinyl DJ sets

This year, Gorky Park will be the venue of the New Year at Gorky Park celebration at the Happy People’s Factory skating rink. This event is expected to be great for those who wish to have fun on New Year’s Eve and dance the night away on ice to chart topping hits. At 8 pm, the Media Room – the glass music studio found on the right to the Central Alley – will have a vinyl set marathon, during which Moscow DJs will be playing their sets using vinyls.

During the first minutes of 2019, the celebrations will culminate with a performance given by a popular indie pop band called Moya Mishel. Their set list will include both new and their most popular songs. Together with their last song of the headliners’ set, a fireworks display will be held.

Sokolniki Park: International carnival

Sokolniki Park will treat its visitors to a New Year programme called Beat After Beat, To the Rhythm of the Planet. On the park’s Fountain Square there’ll be a genuine international carnival. Its programme will include performances given by an orchestra and Balkan and Scandinavian bands, Irish dancing, a paper show and a neon show, as well as many other performances.

In the Christmas Trees of the World art installation zone developed specially for the festivities, visitors will be able to make memorable pictures.

Festive events and concerts will be held in parks all over Moscow. Babushkinsky Park’s Green Theatre, for instance, will have a dancing workshop, while by the park’s main entrance, there will be a performance given by Fire Magic theatre artists. At Vorontsovsky Park, people will be able to become television celebrities by participating in the shooting of the New Year episode of Park Television. The Olonetsky Proyezd public garden will be the to head to for a grand disco party, where people will be able to try out new dance movements and implement them in practice during a flash mob event. The Mitino Landscape park will treat its visitors to tea made in a Russian samovar and chocolate-covered tangerines. At Sadovniki Park, the entertainment will be provided by gymnasts and dancers, while Kuzminki Park will offer people a unique light show and a drum performance. Fili Park will have a New Year concert headlined by the legendary Pesniary band, while at Severnoye Tushino, people will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of a magical musical and watch an unusual show. During the festive evening at Perovsky Park held in the style of a television show, people are expected to feel like television celebrities.

Moscow is already enveloped in a festive atmosphere. The main winter festival called Journey to Christmas started on14 December and will continue up to13 January. At 78 festival venues, people will get a chance to enjoy ballet performances on ice and Russian and European theatre shows, plus participate in workshops and sports events. Places will be operating from 11 am and 10 pm on workdays and between 10 am and 10 pm at weekends. The festival venue on Red Square will remain open every day between 10 am and 11.30 pm. The main events of the Journey to Christmas festival will be held in the city centre – on Red Square, Revolution, Manezhnaya and Tverskaya squares, Tverskoy Boulevard, Novopushkinsky Public Garden, at Kuznetsky Most, Rozhdestvenka and Novy Arbat streets, and masses of other places, too.

Some 300 fir trees and around 3,000 decorations have been put up in Moscow ahead of the New Year and Christmas festivities. The city is now adorned with lighted tunnels, garland arches and canopies. Outdoor pedestrian zones, central areas, district public venues and parks have all been decorated.

Parks with New Year’s Eve celebrations:

Zaryadye Park

Gorky Park

Pobedy Park on Poklonnaya Gora

Sokolniki Park

The Hermitage Garden

The Bauman Garden

Tagansky Park

Vorontsovsky Park

Babushkinsky Park

The Olonetsky Proyezd public garden

Mitino Landscape Park



50-Letiya Oktyabrya Park

Fili Park

Lianozovsky Park

Goncharovsky Park

Severnoye Tushino Park

Perovsky Park

Sirenevy Sad Park

Krasnogvardeiskiye Prudy Park

Krasnaya Presnya Park

Izmailovsky Park

Khodynskoye Polye

Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve.