Kyiv gets exceptionally beautiful in winter. To set you in that special winter holiday mood, "Destinations" rounded up a list of interesting December 2016 events in Kyiv.
For many people winter holiday season starts with the quest for interesting presents for family and beloved ones. Visit «St Nicholas Boot» Pre-Christmas Fair that will take place in Ukrainian House (Yevropeyska Square, Kyiv) on December 16, 2016. This fair is perfect to shop for authentic souvenirs, designer clothes, holiday gifts offered by young Ukrainian brands and spend some quality time with your friends and family listening to good music and enjoying delicious seasonal dishes and drinks at the food-courts.
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Another good place to shop for Christmas gifts for friends and family in Kyiv is VSI. SVOI pop-up market. 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.
Christmas flea market hosted by Kurazh Bazar will be taking place at Platforma Artzavod (1, Belomorska street, Kyiv) on December 10-11, 2016. Christmas Kurazh Bazar will be a good proof to the popular saying that one man's trash is another man’s treasure. In case you are into thrift hunting for some interesting and unique things this is an event to attend in Kyiv in December.
Photo: Kurazh Bazar
International Cat Show will take place in Kyiv (Ukrainian House, 2 Khryshchatyk street) on December 17-18. For those who love cats this is a perfect event to attend. At the show visitors will have a chance to explore over 150 breeds, attend various workshops and lectures.
The main Christmas Tree of Ukraine, that will be located on Sofiyivska Square, will be traditionally lighted on St. Nicholas Day (December 19, 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 Sofiyivska Square on St. Nicholas Day with children is a good idea for fun and interesting family weekend. Kids will love Christmas themed musical and fun games and quests.
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. Sofiyivska 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.
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Winter holidays in Kyiv is a merry affair. Every year the capital of Ukraine attracts thousands of visitors who are looking to experience the magical winter fairy tale with European Christmas atmosphere. «Destinations» rounds up the most interesting December 2016 events in Kyiv.