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Winter activity zone to open at VDNKh on 30 November



The City of Winter at the country’s main exhibition site will be open until 10 March.

On 30 November, the City of Winter will open at VDNKh. The Central Alley will be turned into a 150-metre-long glowing river leading to a New Year tree. There will be new ice rinks for visitors.

“This year, the Rocket ice rink, which can hold 2,400 people, will be built on Industry Square for the first time. Visitors will be able to skate around the famous model of the Vostok carrier rocket,” said Yulia Davydova, a spokesperson of the VDNKh Directorate.

The Rocket rink, the largest attraction in the City of Winter, will be opened by actors of the Strange Fruit theatre. They will put on a show called Spheres about the birth of the universe, followed by a Swanky Tunes DJ trio performance and a dancing event. Visitors will be able to play with mobile art installations, take a selfie at the neon photo zone and walk in a labyrinth erected right on the ice. The rink will sprawl over 8,500 square metres.

The Flowerbed rink, covering over 4,500 sq m, will be located in the Central Alley between the Friendship of Nations and the Stone Flower fountains. It can hold 1,200 skaters at once. Adorning the rink will be a New Year art installation made with nine transparent spheres resembling glass ornaments with decorations inside.

VDNKh will also have a seven-metre-high North tubing chute. Visitors can take part in a mass down-run. The slope with the outrun is about 80 m long.

Curling competitions will be held in the roofed pavilion near the Friendship of Nations fountain, with 10 people being able to play on a sheet at once. There will also be a yukigassen (snowball fighting game) court between the Friendship of Nations fountain and Pavilion No 1 (Central). It will host a championship on the opening day of the City of Winter. Registration is required to take part in the winter activities.

Guests can enjoy a fireworks display on 30 November.

In addition, this winter VDNKh visitors will be able to warm up on skates at the weekend, and attend Friday parties and dancing workshops. Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other holidays will be celebrated there.

The City of Winter will be open until 10 March. More details are available on VDNKh’s official website.

Winter activity zone to open at VDNKh on 30 November