Ukrainian Winter Festivals 2019

trees with new year garlands

Though it`s pretty snowy and cold outside, the festival life in Ukraine goes on. In winter 2019, Ukrainian cities offer numerous festive events for any taste. What do you prefer – chocolate, wine, folklore performance, romantic market? The festival schedule of Ukraine has something special for everyone!

Kurazh Bazaar: Love Actually in Kyiv

merry girl on festive fair
The well-known Kurazh Bazaar platform prepares a special gift for the St. Valentine`s Day. The organizers will invite everyone to a festive fair with thematic products of Ukrainian brands. Here you will be able to find a perfect gift for your loved one – the market will offer clothes, accessories, décor items and many other. Besides, there will be a romantic dance party, love movies and lots of hugs.
When: February 16-17
Where: National Expocenter of Ukraine
Admission: TNA

Winter Dream Country (“Krayina Mriy”) in Kyiv

oleg skrypka with man dressed as st nicholas near christmas tree
Kyiv City Administration and the famous Ukrainian rock musician Oleg Skrypka have recently presented a large festive location on the left bank of the Dnipro River in Kyiv. The art project called “Krayina Mriy” (“Dream Country”) offers numerous Christmas and New Year entertainment options for families with kids. The program includes festive fair, large stage with light-emitting-diode screen, VJ show, many concerts, tubing and other attractions, food court and DJ sets.
When: December 19 – January 7
Where: International Exhibition Center
Admission: free

Chocolate Holiday in Lviv

box of chocolate candies
Traditionally, the National Chocolate Holiday in Lviv will take place on the St. Valentine`s Day – it’s because love is as sweet as chocolates. This event annually unites the best Ukrainian chocolate manufacturers. Each guest will have a chance to taste different kind of chocolate bars, candies and drinks, to take part in workshops, contests and to buy souvenirs. The program of the event includes chocolate fair and “Children chocolate country”, so it will be fun for both kids and grown-ups. Besides, all guests will see amazing chocolate sculptures: 9-meter high box of candies, 5-meter high windmill and 3-meter high chocolate bear.
When: February 14-17
Where: Palace of Arts
Admission: UAH 60

Mulled Wine Fest in Odesa

glass of mulled wine with cinnamon
This year, Odesa delights its dwellers and guests with the special holiday dedicated to the traditional hot winter drink – mulled wine. Here everyone will have a chance to try different versions of this fragrant drink and to learn unusual old recipes. The event will take place in the very heart of Odesa – a great place to get into the holiday mood. By the way, there will be a festive fair working on Primorsky boulevard not far from the festival location.
Where: Dumska square and 4/1, Ekaterininska square
Where: January 6-7
Admission: free

Winter Romantic Fest in Yaremche, Carpathians

people dancing on a party with many soap bubbles
The gorgeous Romantik SPA Hotel in the popular Carpathian resort town Yaremche is going to host Winter Romantic Fest ethno festival for the sixth time. This is a good chance to dive into the world of Ukrainian traditions and breathtaking beauty of the Carpathians. The guests will be offered to learn how to prepare traditional Ukrainian Christmas dish – kutya, while their kids will be participating in cooking a huge Christmas gingerbread. Besides, the guests will enjoy authentic Christmas carols (“kolyadky”) sang by the Carpathian ethno bands.
When: January 7
Where: Romantik SPA Hotel, Yaremche
Admission: TNA

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Chervene Wine Fest in Mukachevo, Zakarpattia

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Chervene Wine festival and contest was founded in 1995. Since then, the event is traditionally held on St. Vasily Day (Old New Year), uniting the best winemakers from Ukraine and abroad. The guests of the festival will have a chance to try high-quality wines from Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Moldova, Croatia and Ukraine as well as to listen to the energizing music performed by folklore bands.
When: January 9-13
Where: Peremogy park, Mukachevo town, Zakarpattia oblast`
Admission: TNA

“Koza” Folklore Holiday in Chernigiv

people in traditional ukrainian costumes with christmas symbols outdoor
“Che Studio” in Chernigiv city invites everyone to have fun at “Koza” winter folklore festival, dedicated to traditional Ukrainian Christmas rituals. The main focus of this event is made on Christmas carols “(kolyadky”) with “koza” (goat”). The program of the event that will be held in the city center includes music performances from authentic folk bands and chores, kids` stage with festive activities, hand-made souvenirs fair, food court with delicious dishes and drinks.
When: January 13
Where: Red square, Chernigiv
Admission: TNA
Winter 2019 festivals in Ukraine welcome everyone to have as much fun and joy as possible!
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