Kiev Rus Park in Kopachev (Kopachiv village, Obukhiv highway, about 50 km from the capital) near Kyiv invites to spend exciting medieval themed winter holidays weekends. Here children will have a chance to enjoy horse riding, costume party, Kiev Rus food and drinks tasting and many other fun activities. The entertaining programs will run daily from December 17th till January 9th, at 1:30 PM. For detailed schedule of events, restaurant festive menu and rates, anyone can check Kiev Rus Park in Kopachev web page.
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VDNH expo complex in Kyiv will turn into ultimate family destination for winter fun. Here one will have a chance to skate on a giant skating rink, feel some thrill in the extreme part zone and shop at Christmas Market. Guests can Celebrate New Year Eve at VDNH enjoying delicious food from a local food court and best live gigs in the city. Children can attend a number of different interactive, 3D and dancing/singing shows. The youngest will enjoy their visit to Santa’s (St Nicholas) residence, where they can take a picture with Santa (St Nicholas), leave a letter with their gifts wish-list and play games with elves (from December 16th, 2017 till January 14th, 2018).
Those who are a bit older will love the 3D performance «Dream Guardians». This show is a perfect combination of acrobatic, dance and circus art with modern technologies and impressive 3D effects. The show will run from December 16th, 2017 till January 21st, 2018 and as it is very popular among audience, we suggest to book tickets in advance.
Sofiyivska and Mykhaylivska Squares will traditionally become the centerpiece of the 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. In 2017/18 “Folk Ukraine” has named the festival «NeoRik» (Neon Year) and it will be themed around traditional Ukrainian art, and art works of famous Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko in particular.
The main Christmas Tree of Ukraine, that will be located on Sofiyivska Square, will be traditionally lighted on St. Nicholas Day (December 19, 2018). 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.
Shevchenko Park in Kyiv will host family-friendly «New Year Adventures in Ice Kingdom» festival. The park will be full of magical decorations, Christmas themed photo zones for selfies and family portraits as well as cute wooden huts selling traditional winter foods and drinks. Mariyinsky Park will also have many fun Christmas-themed activities for the whole family starting from December 19 to January 14.
The Museum of Ukrainian folk architecture Pyrohovo is another place to visit on winter holidays in Kyiv. This open-air museum displays different samples of regional folk architecture: houses, windmills, churches and schools. On the New Year and Christmas time you can watch here amazing performances and traditional carol songs and to admire Ukrainian national costumes. From December 14th 2017 to December 24th, 2017 all the children will have a chance to visit St. Nicholas house in Pyrohovo.
Kyiv is a special place at the turn of the year. The city is lit up and places across the capital will pull out all the stops to make New Year’s Eve in Kyiv a memorable one. Find the best things to do in Kyiv during winter holidays with your kids and family with our list of best New Year shows for children in Kyiv.
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