With the holiday season under way and Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, December is the perfect time to discover new places and enjoy every moment of holiday season. Whether you’d like to be sipping mulled wine at Lviv’s iconic Christmas market on Rynok Square or go to the mountains for spectacular winter scenery and skiing, here are some ideas for where to go in December in Ukraine.
It’s the last weekend of winter and Maslyana week in Ukraine. There many things happening around the town from sumptuous pancake feasts to cool jazz concerts. «Destinations» rounds up a list of most interesting events of last winter weekend in Kyiv.
The last week before the Great Fast coincided with pagan holiday of seeing off the winter and meeting the spring, which was celebrated by all people of Europe in the pre-Christian period. The east Slavs called this holiday “Maslyanytsya”, Butter Week or Pancake Week.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of Rooster (Fire Rooster). It starts on January 28, 2017 (called the Lunar Chinese New Year or Chinese Spring Festival) and lasts till February 15, 2018. What does the Fire Rooster have in stock for us in 2017?
Winter holiday season in Lviv will be ending with a spectacular Ice Sculpture festival, which will take place in city’s downtown on January 18th and 19th. 6 sculptors will be creating a major ice art installation inspired by Ukrainian traditional Christmas carols.
Epiphany Day is an important religious holiday in Ukraine. It is celebrated on January 19th and is often referred to as Vodokhryshchi (Blessing of Water) or Yordan (Jordan River). Epiphany Day completes the winter (Christmas–New Year) festivities cycle in Ukraine.
Many Ukrainians celebrate the Old New Year, or Old Calendar New Year on January 14th. The beauty of traditions and rituals is still alive in villages, and the Western Ukraine takes the lead in celebrating this day with rites.
Orthodox Christmas holidays in Lviv is a merry affair. Every year this city in the Western Ukraine attracts thousands of visitors, who are looking to experience the magical winter fairy tale in the heart of the medieval town filled with European Christmas atmosphere.
Orthodox Christmas time in Kyiv offers a great number of different events that will guarantee an atmospheric and interesting celebration. Locals and foreign guests will have a chance to experience authentic Ukrainian Christmas traditions and rituals and even become a part of it.
A wonderful and feel-good experience for all ages attending opera or ballet in Kyiv National Opera House is a great idea for spending winter-holiday evening. Guests will have a chance to enjoy all-time classic performances and Christmas-themed concerts.
Christmas holidays are getting closer. This is a time for kindness and affection, for good deeds and charitable actions. It’s no secret that Christmas holidays are especially awaited by children. Kids love presents, holiday atmosphere and festive mood of Christmas, sadly not all children can enjoy these things.
Every year Lviv attracts thousands of visitors who are looking to experience the magical winter fairy tale in the heart of the medieval town filled with European Christmas atmosphere. Winter holidays in Lviv is a merry affair with a great selection of festive events to suit all interests and tastes.
Smells of ginger bread will soon fill the air around Primosrky Boulevard in Odesa. The Ginger Bread Houses Festival in Odesa has grown into something more than just a Christmas pastry art exhibition. It has become a true family holiday tradition in Odesa.
Photo: shutterstock.com Christmas is a time to disconnect from work, catch up with family, sleep in, watch the season's most anticipated movies, (over)eat good food, hit the slopes or get out of town. But despite these seemingly ideal conditions the holidays are not all reindeers and fruitcake — the stress of holiday gift shopping can take a serious toll.
The best winter events in Kyiv are mostly New Year and Christmas themed. Winter in Ukraine is a time for fun family events, Christmas markets and traditional festive celebrations. «Destinations» rounds up the most interesting and fun events to attend in Kyiv this winter.
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