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Journey into Christmas 2015-2016

18.12.2015 – 10.01.2016
If you are planning to visit Moscow this winter, don't miss a chance to attend a big festival  "Journey into Christmas" held in the very heart of the Russian capital. This year  participants from 12 European (France, Spain, Belgium) and Asian countries (Japan, India, Uzbekistan) and about 40 regions take part in this large-scale international holiday. 

This time the motto of the festival says: "Don't be afraid to dream; dreams have a tendency to come true." The visitors of "Journey into Christmas" will have a chance to travel to 38 theme dream islands (20 of them will take place in the center of Moscow and others – in the regions), visit 428 wooden fair chalets, and see 40 natural New Year trees and more than 100 art objects. Moscow tour guides offer you a short guide on the main festival places of interest. 

Dreams-come-true Island

On Manege Square  guests of the festival will see the 15-meter-high Christmas tree and the unique 17 meter-high New Year ball which will very likely enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest New Year decoration. Visitors of the Dreams-come-true island will travel through different regions of Russia, listen to congratulations of the famous historical figures (Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander Pushkin) and cook traditional Russian dishes. 

 Winter Fun Island

Near Manege Square and Revolution Square a huge ice slide run (so called Ledyanaya Gorka in Russian) will take place. The length of this 7-meter-high attraction created according to the century-old technology is about 100 meters. Here you can feel like a kid: experience different swings and have a ride on the merry-go-round. 

Charmed Forest Island

Revolution Square  will  meet you with the magic ice performances "Swan Lake" and "Nutcracker". These shows staged by Russian figure-skater and choreographer Peter Tchernyshev will run twice a day – at 4.30 and 7.30 pm. In the afternoon all the guests of the festival will have an opportunity to go skating for free. 

Science Island – Town of Geniuses 

Those who are interested in science are welcome to the Museum of Science on Revolution Square and the exhibition devoted to the great inventor Nikola Tesla. Visitors will  listen to interesting lectures, take part in different science experiments and go through the light maze.  

Christmas dwarf maze (Stoleshnikov lane, buildings 2-8)

Visiting chalets under the starry sky you will take part in different fair activities; have a lot of fun at the snowball shooting range, meet Christmas witch Lebefana and fight with a real troll in the magic forest. At the end of the maze all guests will be able to have a rest and enjoy sip of hot chocolate. 

Fairy Tale Lane (Stoleshnikov lane, building 10)

The Fairy Tale Lane is a special place organized for the youngest guests of the festival. Here children of all ages will listen to their favorite Christmas fairy-tales, take part in the New-Year tree decoration and different contests. 

Christmas Adventure Playground 

Walking along Tverskaya Square, don't miss a chance to visit a small railway station situated in front of the Yury Dolgorukiy monument. Here you can take a photo at decorative train and the clock counting down the minutes of 2015. On the 1st of January Christmas trains start their journey around Moscow. In December everyone interested can learn the timetable and purchase  train tickets beforehand. 

"Riga House" situated near the Christmas Adventure Playground is also worth visiting. Here you can buy different goods from Latvia and take part in the handicraft workshops. You will learn how to make traditional Latvian New Year tree decorations called "puzuri", felt toys with beads and brooches with Latvian motives. 

If you want to send a greeting card to your friends and relatives, don't miss a chance to stop by the special Christmas post office. During New Year holidays you can send your postcard from Tverskaya Square around the globe!

Little story-teller town 

On Tverskoy Boulevard  young guests of the capital will be able to try different kinds of sports such as hockey, figure skating and snowboard. All sport equipment will be given for free.

Quest "Christmas treasures"

During  "Journey into Christmas"  festival  all the guests of Moscow will be able to take part in the special quest. Everyone in exchange to any purchase or after visiting different shows  will get different amount of golden coins. The task of every participant is to collect them as many as possible. By the way, every day on one of the festival islands everyone will have a chance to find a purse full of coins. Those who are lucky can exchange this Christmas currency into the holiday souvenirs in front of Karl Marx monument on Revolution Square. 

We hope you'll have a wonderful time during your Moscow tour and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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