Lapland Santa Claus to visit Moscow on 22–24 December
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Lapland Santa Claus to visit Moscow on 22–24 December

Tverskaya Square will become the temporary residence of the Christmas gift-giver, as well as one of the main venues of the Journey to Christmas festival.


Santa Claus from Lapland (a region in Finland) will be in Moscow on 22–24 December. For the second year in a row, the Christmas gift-giver, called Joulupukki at home, will be a special guest at the Journey to Christmas festival. Like last winter, his temporary residence will be on Tverskaya Square.

Children and adults will be able to chat and take pictures with Santa Claus during the venue’s operating hours: 11 am–9 pm on working days and 10 am–10 pm on weekends. In addition, Santa will take part in two performances, Snow Mill and Christmas Angels, which will take place at the Fairy Tale Theatre on Tverskaya Square on 22, 23 and 24 December. Santa Claus will be there together with his Russian counterpart, Ded Moroz (Father Christmas).

“Santa Claus said that he had been dreaming of performing in a real theatre, but he was always too busy during the Christmas holidays. So we decided to give him this chance! Theatre is the main theme of the festival this year, so all venues will host shows and performances,” a spokesperson from the Journey to Christmas festival’s press service said.

Those who will not be able to meet with Santa Claus on these days will be able to send a letter with greetings to his official residence via the Christmas post on Tverskaya Square, where there will be a separate house for it. According to the press service, last year the Lapland guest liked Moscow very much, so there is hope that his visits will become a tradition.

“Santa told us that he would like to buy souvenirs in Moscow for his elves, who stayed in Lapland to answer children’s letters from all countries, which they receive on the eve of the festive season. We are also planning to give Santa a cookbook with recipes of Russian cuisine, which he thinks is one of the best in the world,” the festival’s organisers said.

Santa Claus will sample various dishes at the Kitchen Pavilion on Tverskaya Square. He will be offered shakotis: a cake from Lithuania, which is baked over an open fire in accordance with the traditional old recipe. In his free time, Santa will be able to take a walk through the Magic White Forest, which will cover Tverskaya Square. This is an installation with animal figures and trees inside large glass balls with constant snowfall.

Moscow is hosting the Journey to Christmas festival for the fifth year in a row. On 22 December–14 January all festival venues will offer theatrical performances, concerts and workshops.

Schedule of performances featuring Santa Claus:

Friday, 22 December:

5 pm–6 pm Snow Mill based on Finnish fairy tales;

7 pm–8 pm Christmas Angels.

Saturday, 23 December:

2 pm–3 pm Snow Mill based on Finnish fairy tales;

5 pm–6 pm Snow Mill based on Finnish fairy tales;

7 pm–8 pm Christmas Angels.

Sunday, 24 December:

2 pm–3 pm Snow Mill based on Finnish fairy tales;

5 pm–6 pm Snow Mill based on Finnish fairy tales;

7 pm–8 pm Christmas Angels.

Lapland Santa Claus to visit Moscow on 22–24 December