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Outdoor activities at Journey to Christmas festival

A tubing slide opened on Revolutsii Square. Visitors can play curling in Tverskaya Street. Those who want to try snowboarding should go visit Yunosti Square in Zelenograd.

The Journey to Christmas festival has prepared a sports programme so people will be able to skate, see ice shows, take snowboarding lessons and also meet with professional athletes.

Take to the ice

The ice theatre in Novopushkinsky public garden is the place to go to watch the premiere of The Frog Princess, a fairytale ballet choreographed by figure skater Pyotr Chernyshev. The shows took place on 31 December, the next shows will take place daily from 2 to 8 January at 4.15 pm. Also at the weekend during the festive season, the theatre will turn into an ice rink.

The ice rink on Red Square will present the Snow King fairytale from 1 to 8 January every day at 3.30 pm. Spectators can also take to the ice themselves if they would like.

There will be more venues for skating during the Journey to Christmas festival. They include Babushkinsky Park, Slavy Square and Gorodetskaya Street to name a few.

Slides, curling and a snowboarding park

Ice slides and tubing will be available on Revolutsii Square and in Gorodetskaya Street. There’ll be slides for children in Stoleshnikov Pereulok. The entertainment will continue until the early hours of the morning on New Year’s Eve.

Hockey enthusiasts can celebrate playing their favourite game at the beginning of Tverskaya Street. Those interested in curling can play to the chimes of the Kremlin clock at a special venue outside Okhotny Ryad metro station, watch motorcycle stunts and pose for photos with athletes at a motor trial arena on Tverskaya Square. Afterwards, everybody is welcome to proceed to a snowboarding class on an artificial snow hill in Mokhovaya Street.

Novy Arbat will also have curling. The venue will be open every day from 12 pm to 9 pm. Registration on the website is required.

The Cash for Tricks jibbing competition will take place from 11 am to 11 pm in the snowboarding park, accompanied by DJ sets. Another competition, Jib Contest, will be organised on 2 January from 11 am to 8 pm. Snowboarders and new school free skiers will demonstrate their ace stunts. The best performers will win special prizes and the top performer will receive a super prize and the title Rider of the Day.

The New Year’s Eve programme will come to an end on Tverskaya Street at 3 am on 1 January. The sports journey will continue on 1 January from 11 am to 11 pm and on 2 January from 11 am to 8 pm.

Mountain conquerors should stop by a snowboarding workshop on Yunosti Square in Zelenograd. Every day from 1to 8 January beween 11 am and 8 pm people will be able to participate in snowboarding training sessions. Experienced instructors will show people how to ride down rails.

Also between 2 and 8 January, every day at 2 pm, people will get a chance to meet professional sports stars and ask them questions. Silver medalist of the 2016 Youth Olympic Games Vladislav Khadarin will hold an open class on 2 January. On 3 January silver medalist of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, three-time world champion in ski sprint Nikita Kryukov will be there for people to meet. Andrei Merzlikin, coach of the Moscow snowboarding team, will teach a class on 4 and 5 January. Russian snowboarding champion (2004) Maxim Khalin will meet people on 6 January. On 7 January, hockey fans will get a chance to meet Alexei Yashin, silver medalist of the 1998 Olympics in Nagano and bronze medalist of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. On 8 January, snowboarder Svetlana Buzenkova will give an open workshop.

Outdoor activities at Journey to Christmas festival