1Your perfect New Year at Selfish Club – a winter fairytale amid pristine wilderness
WWelcome to the country resort known as Selfish Club, located in an incredibly charming natural setting just 55 km from Kiev. Notable for its impressive views of the Dnipro River and the beauty of its surroundings—particularly at this time of year, when the spruce forest sparkles with a frosting of fluffy snow—Selfish Club is ready to create an unforgettable New Year’s celebration and make all your festive dreams come true. A cosy restaurant serving European cuisine, well-equipped winterized cosy gazebo, and Scandinavian-style houseboats that can host up to 50 people are at your disposal at Selfish Club. If you’re keen on an active holiday, you can enjoy a range of fun activities here, including a steam-bath, laser tag, paintball, several kinds of winter fishing, and barbecues where lucky fishermen can prepare and eat the catch of the day.
For its New Year 2018 celebration, Selfish Club has prepared a special festive program with fireworks, live band, and a traditional dinner. Overall, this is a fantastic place to enjoy a family vacation during the Christmas holidays, a magical celebration of New Year’s Eve, or any kind of joyful event you’re planning to hold this winter.
What’s more, some believe that New Year’s wishes made in the cosy houseboat here are certain to come true! Why not come and find out for yourself?
2Whisky Corner – a true piece of Scotland in the capital of Ukraine
The Scottish house-restaurant Whisky Corner is a place where Сhristmas miracles will happen for you this winter! In addition to a great variety of meat and fish dishes served year-round, Whisky Corner’s talented chef has prepared an exclusive holiday menu with culinary delights to please gourmet diners throughout the festive season. For those fond of old holiday traditions, including paying visits to friends and relatives, Whisky Corner has something special to offer: a juicy roast of beef prepared according to the best home-style recipe—just the dish to cheer your loved ones and enrich the New Year celebration (marked joyously as Hogmanay in Scotland) with delicious flavors.
And what would a Scottish-style holiday celebration be without the legendary whisky? Every day, Whisky Corner’s sommeliers organize a whisky tasting to introduce this legendary drink to beginners and to amaze aficionados with novelty varieties. If you are looking for the perfect hostess gift, this is the place to go! Personalized bottles of whisky, testing sets, refreshing whisky samples (40, 100 and 200 ml) and much more are waiting for you at Whisky Corner.
3Hit the slopes! – Protasiv Yar
If you are an avid skier but currently can’t afford the time to leave the city, grab your skis or snowboard and head to Protasiv Yar.
Kiev’s only ski complex with a proven 20-year track record of winter sports activities, Protasiv Yar offers its visitors four slopes which will satisfy the needs of beginners and experts alike. A 150-metre-long slope is reserved for kids, while you can choose between a 275-metre slope with a 60-metre elevation difference for beginners, a 500-metre slope for those skiers and snowboarders who’d like to improve their skills, and the 320-metre trail certified by the International Ski Federation, with an 80-metre altitude difference for professional skiers and experienced amateurs. Especially dedicated ski fans will enjoy illuminated slopes for night skiing available every Saturday night.
The Protasiv Yar ski complex has two ski lifts accessible to the Skipass holders (free for children under the age of six), and all trails are equipped with snow cannons.
It also features an excellent ski school with professional coaches, a well-equipped Snow Park for adventurous skiers and snowboarders, a zorbing centre, and a creative “DoSki” restaurant.
Lifehack: if you want your kids to learn how to ski, this is where Kiev’s best schools for children and youth are operating.
Last but not least: Protasiv Yar is the venue for the Ukrainian Olympic ski and snowboard team’s trainings, as well as for major national and international ski/snowboarding competitions.
4Language Center TOP WAY invites you to join!
Top Way Language Center focuses on teaching Ukrainian, Russian, English, Spanish, German, Italian and French. It is located near Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gate) metro station, in the very heart of Kiev.
The language center offers courses for both adults and children. The 3 formats of training available are individual, pair and group lessons. The duration of a course depends on the language and the level. For example, a Beginner`s course of Russian (level A1 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages) lasts about 80 hours. You can choose between a standard course (typically 2 lessons per week) and an intensive course if you are limited in time (e.g. preparation for an exam or a short visit to Ukraine). Prices are competitive and free testing and trial lessons are offered here before each course.
The teachers at Top Way are qualified philologists with teaching experience. Many of them have international certificates and experience of living or studying abroad. Because they are using a communicative approach, students start speaking the language after taking just a few lessons at our school. However, if you want to speak the language fluently you need to be ready to spend time and effort.
Top Way also provides translation services and excursions around Kiev in Russian, Ukrainian or English. No doubt, Kiev is amazingly beautiful in winter so we would not hesitate to recommend you an excursion around the city in December 2017 or January 2018 when the city is celebrating Christmas and New Year and is full of lights and decorations.
TOP WAY wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018!
5Celebrate New Year at the heart of Ukraine
From mid-December for a whole month, Kiev’s Sofiyska and Mykhailivska Squares will host the New Year celebrations – a fine blend of the best Ukrainian and European traditions, both Christmas and New Year’s.
This season’s highlight is an impressive set of neon illuminations and installations. Just imagine standing in an amphitheatre under a bright starry sky made of a 33 kilometre-long garland! The Christmas tree will also be special: almost 30-metre-high and changing a different colour every day, it will turn multicoloured on the New Year’s Eve.
Lifehack: the place can get really crowded on days off, so if you wish to admire the two squares in their full Christmas glory with more elbow room, go on a working day around 4 p.m.
The festivities run from December 19, 2017 to January 14, 2018. Events not to be missed:
The Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Sofiyska Square on St. Nicholas Day, December 19, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The New Year’s celebrations on December 31st from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The New’ Years show on January 1st from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Christmas procession 12 p.m.–3 p.m., and Christmas concert 5 p.m. –8:30 p.m. on January 7.
What else to expect: varied live stage shows and evening concerts on January 2, 6, 8, 9 and 13 offering classical and modern music for every taste; charming outdoor Christmas decorations, merry-go-round, slides and more entertainment for the little ones; extensive food courts serving the most delicious dishes of Ukrainian cuisine (yum!) and a variety of drinks including mulled wine (yay!); an interactive map for visitors to point out where they are from; a lively Christmas market with plenty of stalls full to the brim with handcrafted goodies, festive delights, and more.
Looks like a perfect place to wish your dear ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
6Noyabr Restaurant – Rich Kiev cuisine steeped in numerous exciting stories
On one of the coziest streets in the historic Podil district, you will find the gourmet restaurant Noyabr, owned by the famous TV presenter Ilya Noyabryov. The restaurant’s ambience and decor reflect Noyabryov’s love for his native city, with an atmosphere of fireside comfort. The menu is based on unique recipes from Noyabryov’s book Kiev Cuisine, and brings together the delicacies of Old and New Podil, steeped in amusing stories. Among the rich variety of dishes presented here are local favorites such as Chicken Kiev (kotleta po-kyivsky) and Vorschmack, traditional red borscht soup, and green borscht with stockfish. Additionally, this place is famous for homemade nastoyanka (an alcoholic beverage) and wonderful doughnuts at a symbolic price of UAH 10.
Every evening, diners can enjoy performances by the Harmonia musical duo, a married couple. The walls at Noyabr are adorned with works by the brilliant painter and artistic director of the 1988 Soviet animated film Treasure Island, which are for sale on site.
7Follow the summer – Dream Island
Dream Island – that’s the name of the very popular Jurassic Aqua Park – is an easy solution if you’ve missed beaching, swimming, tanning, the air at +30°C and the water at +28°C. One of Ukraine’s largest indoors aqua parks, it covers over 20,000 square metres and can accommodate 3,500 visitors at once.
Based on the Lost World’s concept, it boasts exotic plants and life-size dinosaur models (no prehistoric creatures were harmed during the making of this park), aquariums with live iguanas, snakes, and other reptiles. There are 14 water-slides, a blue lagoon featuring an aqua bar, five swimming pools, two of them with waves and three with currents, spa areas, Jacuzzi, and a 700-square-metre area for the youngest water explorers.
Some like it hot, so will definitely enjoy the Dream Island’s nine multicultural baths, including Roman, Egyptian, Finnish saunas and Turkish hammam. If it gets too hot, you can cool down in an ice grotto!
After an hour of swimming and other water activities you will feel as hungry as a dinosaur. No worries: Hakuna Matata aqua bar, several restaurants, a pizzeria and a sushi bar will quickly fix the issue.
Lifehack: along with your swimsuit and beach sandals, bring a hairdryer and two towels (leave one in your locker).