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.
Official lighting of the main Christmas Tree of Ukraine, that will be located on Sofiyvska Square, is a great event to attend with your friends and family for a happy winter holiday season start. The Christmas Tree will be traditionally lighted on St. Nicholas Day (December 19th, 2016). This square in the heart of Kyiv will be also the location of Christmas Market, where visitors can buy various presents, souvenirs, enjoy delicious street food and hot drinks. Visiting Sofiyvska Square on St. Nicholas Day with children is a good idea for a fun and interesting family weekend. Kids will love Christmas themed musical and fun games and quests.
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Kyiv’s favorite pop-up fair VSI.SVOI: Christmas Gifts Edition will happen over 2 consecutive weekends on December 17-18 and December 29-30, 2016 at D12 gallery, 12, Desyatynna street in Kyiv. This is a perfect event to buy or sell Christmas gifts, enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Christmas party and spend some fun and exciting time with your friends and family.
The New Year’s Eve in the center of Ukraine’s capital is quite an endearing sight: people standing outside, shivering, teeth clattering – just to wish each other a happy new year. On December 31, 2016 Kyiv will entertain its inhabitants and guests with various concerts, festivals and spectacular performances. Sofiyvska and Mykhaylivska Squares will traditionally become the centerpiece of New Year celebration in Kyiv. “Folk Ukraine” Ethnic cultural foundation invites guests to attend the biggest open-air party of the winter season. This location will host numerous live gigs of popular Ukrainian and international artists, dancers and performers.
The Museum of Ukrainian folk architecture Pyrohovo is inviting guests to explore authentic and traditional Ukrainian Christmas. This open-air museum displays different samples of regional folk architecture: houses, windmills, churches and schools. On New Year and Christmas time here you can watch amazing performances, listen traditional carols and admire Ukrainian national costumes.
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Armin Van Buuren with Armin Only Embrace Festival will visit Kyiv on February 5th, 2017. The Festival will take place at MVC (15, Brovarsky Prospekt, Kyiv), tickets are already available in major ticket offices of the city. Armin Van Buuren is a progressive trance DJ and producer whose cinematic sound is influenced by synth pioneers like Klaus Schulze and Jean Michel Jarre. He is considered to be one of the most popular and talented DJs of these days.
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