Top Events in December 2017 /January 2018


Step inside the magnificent, multicolored kaleidoscope of
Ukrainian traditions, holidays, and events and feel the full flavour of
New Year’s festive mood in Kiev!

FESTIVALS

Dec 2
the 25th IWCK Charity Bazaar

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex (55 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
For 25 years, on the first Saturday in December, IWCK (the International Women´s Club of Kyiv, consisting of spouses of diplomats, expats, and foreign businessmen) has organized the international community’s biggest charity event in Kiev! The main purpose of the IWCK Charity Bazaar is to raise money for those in need in Ukraine: orphans, elderly people, disabled kids, and others.

Here’s what’s happening at the 25th annual IWCK Charity Bazaar:

+ Some 41 foreign embassies have confirmed they’ll be participating, each with their own booth selling national products, including food and drink.
+ Items for sale at the Bazaar are new or previously used but in good condition, including home appliances, electronic gadgets, DVDs, and more.
+ As per tradition, the event will be accompanied by a cultural program (music, dance, and workshops) representing various countries and continents.
+ A Kids’ Corner will give youngsters the chance to explore various craft master classes and traditional games.
+ Visitors can try their luck at the Grand Raffle/Tombola, in hopes of winning valuable prizes including airline tickets, gift certificates for restaurants and hotels, gifts from the embassies, etc.

The entrance fee is UAH 80 for adults, UAH 20 for seniors and children (6-18 years old). All funds generated during the Bazaar will go to charity.

What is IWCK?
IWCK is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1992 by a group of foreign women headed by H.E. Ms Ingabor Kristofassen, the first Ambassador of Belgium to Ukraine and the first president of IWCK. At the moment, this organization has more than 250 members from 59 countries, including representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Ukraine, women in the cultural and business communities, and wives of diplomats and businessmen.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/137545470336624

Dec 9-10
Christmas Kurazh Bazar

Art-Platforma (1a Bilomorska Str.)
One of the biggest festivals of Christmas goods and products – “Kurazh Bazar” will represent almost 370 Ukrainian
brands and will offer visitors food, clothing and New Year presents. While children can take pictures with good Santa at one of several photo zones, visit master classes and have fun in a company of fairy characters, adults are welcomed to take a photo near “bad” Santa, drink winter cocktails and enjoy a real party.The entrance will cost UAH 50 – 80.

Website: www.facebook.com/kurazhbazar

Dec 16-Jan 14
Winter Land Amusement Park

Expocenter of Ukraine (1 Akademika Hlushkova Ave.)
Christmas festival Winter Land Amusement Park will be held in twenty locations, interesting both for children and adults. Entertainment program includes gifts fair, animator shows, master classes and showrooms of creative Ukrainian designers. Participants of the event will also be able to attend skating rink adorned with the kilometers of shining garlands. Entrance to Winter Land Amusement Park is free, but still some big zones will need a ticket.

Website: www.expocenter.com.ua/ua/news/newslist/3999

Dec 15-17
“St Nicholas Boot” pre-Christmas fair

Ukrainian house (2 Khreshchatyk Str.)
While Santa kindly puts presents under the Christmas tree, St. Nicholas leaves gifts under the pillow or inside children’s shoes. That is why the name of the fair “St. Mykolay boot” means a lot to Ukrainians. You will surely like rich assortment of products here: Christmas cookies and other sweets, aroma lamps, candies, thematic decor for your house, books and Ukrainian literature.

Website: www.icc-kiev.gov.ua/agenda/yarmarok-svyatkovikh-podarunkiv-chobitok-svyatogo-mikolaya-s

Dec 19- Jan 14
The main New Year celebrations

Sofiyska and Mykhailivska Squares
The grandiose New Year celebrations will be traditionally organized in the historical center of the capital, Kiev’s Sofiyska and Mykhailivska Squares. The bright Ukrainian and European traditions, an impressive set of neon illuminations and installations, fabulous Christmas tree, Christmas fair and a lot of other attractions are waiting for visitors from mid-December for a whole month.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/157855118138737

Dec 15-Jan 31
Ice Age Fest

Spivoche Pole Park (25 Lavrska Str.)
At the festival, which is going be located on the picturesque hills of Kiev, all comers are welcomed to try riding 30m and 50m snow slides on inflatable sledges (snowtubing), dog sledding and delicious Christmas meals at 5 food-courts. In addition, on the territory of the event, there will be contact zoo with puppies, a special place where one can not only watch but also freely communicate, play and feed animals. Ticket for Ice Age Fest costs UAH 50.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/631694870553739

Dec 16–31 (weekends)
Vsi.Svoyi Christmas fair

12 Desyatynna Str.
Winter holidays are fast approaching and if you still do not have presents for your friends and family, it is great spot for you! The festive fair Vsi.Svoyi will help you easily find everything to put under a Christmas tree, starting from delicious candies and home-made chocolates, ending with exclusive tableware, perfumes, textile, toys, home decor and clothing.

Website: www.facebook.com/vsi.svoi

Dec 18-24
Meeting with St. Nicholas

Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine
Meeting with Ukrainian ethnic Santa – St. Nicholas or St. Mikolay is scheduled before New Year celebrations in Pyrohiv area where outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life locates its breathtaking landscapes. During the festive event, visitors will get acquainted with Ukrainian authentic Christmas traditions, attributes, and decorations.
Of course, St. Nicholas himself will give presents and wish happy holidays to all children.
Entrance fee: UAH 40 for adults, UAH 10-20 for children.

Website: www.pyrogiv.kiev.ua/golovna/anons-podii/260-zustrich-iz-sviatym-mykolaiem-2017.html

CONCERTS & THEATRE

Dec 3
“Love and Passion”

National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (50 Vologymyrska Str.)
Ekaterina Kukhar and her husband Alexander Stoyanov are called the most beautiful dancing couple of Europe. Kateryna Kukhar is a prima ballerina of the Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, an Honored Artist of Ukraine, and “Black Swan” of the show Dancing with the Stars. As she shared with Kiev Check-in during the interview: “Speaking of my personal life, at the theater I was paired with Alexander Stoyanov in this performance, and since then we have been together in life and on stage.”
Website: https://www.opera.com.ua/afisha/katerina-kuhar-love-and-passion

Dec 7, Jan 18
The Snow Queen

National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (50 Vologymyrska Str.)
Ballet in two acts (7 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.). “The Snow Queen” (Danish: Snedronningen) is an original fairy tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen that was first published 21 December 1844 in New Fairy Tales. The story centres on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and her friend, Kai.
Website: https://www.opera.com.ua/afisha/snigova-koroleva-10

Dec 8
Louna

“Atlas” (37-41 Sichovykh Striltsiv Str.)
Louna is the one of the most favorite bands of hipster rock music in Russia. Fans of alternative scene believe that Louna succeeded due to the emotional voice of the vocalist, strong social position in lyrics and experiments with different styles of music.
Website: kiev.karabas.com/ua/louna

Dec 9
M1 Music Awards

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Square)
In the middle of December, major Ukrainian musicians and showmen will compete for the title “Best singer”, “Best music video”, “Best singer duet” of 2017 within the prestigious event M1 Music Awards.
Among famous participant of gala-concert are Tina Karol, the Hardkiss, Monatik, Mozgi, Vremya i Steklo, Alekseev, and others. Ticket prices vary from UAH 1000 to UAH 5900.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/1196317327104616

Dec 9
Shlyager of the Year

National Palace of Arts “Ukraina” (103 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
Pavlo Zibrov, Ivo Bobul, Nina Matvienko, Petro Chorniy, Dima Kolyadenko and many other Ukrainian favorite celebrities will entertain guests of the 12th “Shlyager of the year” award ceremony held in the National Palace of Arts “Ukraina”. A ticket price is UAH 200-2000.
Website: palace-ukraine.com/afisha/321-Hit-the-year#buy

Dec 12
LP

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Square)
LP became popular in the world with the hit “Lost on You”. But few people know that previously talented girl wrote songs for Rihanna, Backstreet Boys and Cher. This summer when LP came to Kiev, the fans showed her true hospitality – 6,000 tickets were sold out immediately. That is why the singer is coming again to the capital of Ukraine – to show more.

Website: kiev.karabas.com/lp

Dec 16 – Jan 14
New Year’s circus

National Circus of Ukraine (2 Peremohy Square)

“New Year fantasy” show invites everyone to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and to meet favorite cartoon heroes, Santa Claus and Snow Maiden. Best performers of Ukraine will tell you a fairy story about Snow Queen living in the ice palace and the brightside fighters – amusing minions trying to battle her dark forces. Numerous surprises and gifts are waiting for you at the National Circus of Ukraine. Ticket prices vary from UAH 50 to UAH 490.
Website: www.circus.kiev.ua/novorichna-fantaziya

Dec 16, Jan 11
Swan Lake

National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (50 Vologymyrska Str.)
The Ukrainian opera and ballet art is famous in the whole world and in October & November you will have a unique chance to enjoy their numerous performances. Swan Lake is a ballet in three acts composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. This well-known scenario fashioned from Russian folk tales tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet represents this charming ballet in two scenic versions: by Valeriy Kovtun and Anatoliy Shekera. The play directed by Valeriy Kovtun was premiered in 1986 while for the first time the audience saw the stage direction by Anatoliy Shekera in 1995.

Website: www.opera.com.ua/afisha/lebedine-ozero-25

Dec 17
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

International Center of Culture and Art (1 Instytutska Str.)
Glenn Miller created his striking orchestra in the 30’s of the 20th century. Then he could hardly predict their performances would become popular not only in the United States but also all over the world.
Even after Miller’s mysterious death, the fame of the swing style project doesn’t decrease, on the contrary – today three official orchestras are performing songs on behalf of the band.

Website: kiev.karabas.com/ua/the-world-famous-glenn-miller-orchestra

Dec 21
Freedom Jazz show – ENCORE

Caribbean Club (4 Symona Petlyury Str.)
On December 21, Caribbean Club Сoncert Hall invites you to see the unique Freedom Jazz show – ENCORE!
This show combines theatrical performance, high-quality sound and magnificent atmosphere that will fill you with energy for the whole year ahead. What can be better way to say goodbye to the old year?
The charming girls from Freedom Jazz can easily draw big audiences in Europe and America. In Kiev, they had 9 shows this year and tickets were sold out within just a few days.
Be ready to ‘melt the ice’ and kiss a stranger in the Caribbean Club Concert Hall on December 21.
Contacts:
+38 (067) 224-41-11
caribbean.com.ua

Website: caribbean.com.ua

Dec 23-08
How Christmas was stolen

National Palace of Arts “Ukraina” (103 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
A little trickster does everything for Christmas celebration not to take place. The idea of spoiling the most important holiday in the year seemed so fantastic! However, while the main character is busy with planning his perfect crime he forgets and then discovers what true love, kindness, and fun are. Ticket price varies from UAH 100 to UAH 300.

Website: palace-ukraine.com/afisha/354-Christmas-Hijacker-24-12-1#buy

Dec 24
Mikael Kiladze’s choir “New Voice”

International center of culture and arts (Zhovtneviy Palace)
New Voice band and a large symphony orchestra gives a tribute performance of the biggest hits of Ukraine’s most popular band – Okean Elzy. Festive program includes participation of well-known choral groups in Odessa: the Children’s Choir “Zabava” under the direction of Svetlana Smirnova, the choir “Ave musica” (conductor Sergei Savenko), the combined choir of Odessa singers. The project involves more than 150 musicians who will perform the songs of the group “Ocean Elzy”, in the author’s arrangements by Mikael Kiladze.

Website: kiev.karabas.com/ua/tribute-okean-elzi

Dec 26
New Year’s Hollywood in Kiev

International Center of Culture and Art (1 Instytutska Str.)
A sensational project of Kyiv Metropolis Orchestra covers best soundtracks from favorite Hollywood movies. Visiting gorgeous performance of real maestros, you will enjoy OST fairy melodies from the beloved Christmas films and animations such as “Home Alone”, “Happy New Year”, “Ice Age”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Santa Claus”, “The Polar Express”, “Harry Potter”, and many others. Be ready for the evening full of miracles and adventures. Ticket price varies from UAH 200 to UAH 1,150.

Website: kiev.karabas.com/ua/hollywood-in-kyiv-novogodnij

Dec 26-Jan 2
“Star Odyssey”

Premier Palace Hotel (7/29 Tarasa Shevchenko Blvd.)
This year, small spectators will have a fantastic interactive performance which is based on games and dialogues with curious viewers. The show will amuse the audience with the wonderful bright suits and special effects.
Polina, being on vacation, accidentally receives the SOS signal from New Year’s Santa Claus station: “We’re in trouble! The Space Pirates have stolen all the gifts!” This means that Christmas is under threat and Polina is the one who is in charge of rescuing winter holidays. A lot of planets and incredible adventures are waiting for her on the road.

Website: kiev.karabas.com/ua/volshebnyj-mir-rozhdestva-2-zvezdnaya-odisseya-15

Dec 31
New Year STAR

Coyote Ugly (9a Mechnykova Str.)
Ho ho ho, dear friends!
It is said that the way you spend New Year’s Eve is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year. On that magical night, no one wants to be alone, because in our hearts we’re all hoping for something fabulous, exciting and new. As hints of the coming holidays are starting to appear all around the city, we’re eager to help you plunge into New Year 2018 with a fantastic party!

On New Year’s Eve, the Coyote Ugly bar will be transformed into a hot version of Lapland, with beautiful coyote dancers, warming cocktails, special gifts, and an exciting, fun and convivial atmosphere. Get ready for a brilliant show with one of the cutest DJs in Kiev keeping you wide awake into the wee hours with an unforgettably festive celebration right in the heart of the capital.

You are very welcome at 9a Mechnykova Str.!
An admission fee will be charged, and you’ll need to make a deposit to reserve a table for New Year’s Eve.
DC|FC 18+
Call for a table reservation: +38 044 363 06 88
www.coyoteugly.com.ua
#coyoteuglykiev

Website: www.coyoteugly.com.ua

Dec 31
New Year’s CARNIVAL

Caribbean Club (4 Symona Petlyury Str.)
The New Year’s Carnival starts at 10 p.m.

Website: caribbean.com.ua

Dec 19-Jan 5
Nutcracker

National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (50 Vologymyrska Str.)

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet based on the famous story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written in 1816 by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, in which young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. In 1892, the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned Alexandre Dumas père’s adaptation of the story into the ballet The Nutcracker.
Website: www.opera.com.ua/afisha/luskunchik-47

Jan 3, 4, 5
Christmas Musical performance

Malinskaya Hall (16 Malinskaya Str.)

Guests from 82 countries have already seen shows led by genius Richard Montez and now it’s time to admire Broadway Christmas musical for Ukrainian spectator. It will tell an American story about romantic love and bring inspiration and joy to the audience. The organizer promises to surprise you by bright costumes, fantastic music, choreography, and visual effects. Ticket price varies from UAH 200 to UAH 1,150.

Website: kiev.karabas.com/ua/rozhdestvenskij-myuzikl-2

Jan 12
JOE COCKER Tribute

Central House of Officers of the Armed Forces Ukraine (30/1Mykhaila Hrushevskoho Str.)
The project of the Lviv Jazz Orchestra and the finalist The Voice show, singer Anis, is dedicated to the King of the Cavers – Joe Cocker. The tribute concert of talented Ukrainian musicians will present musical masterpieces of the legendary vocalist performed by the best musicians of Lviv. The unique velvet baritone of Anis will open the door to a new vision of Joe Cocker’s music.

Website: parter.ua/ua/event/kontserty/rok/joe_cocker.html

Jan 12-13
New Year’s Ice Show

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Square)

A perfect combination of opera singers and figure skating stars in the accompaniment of the “Naoni” orchestra will lead you through an exciting journey into the world of the classical melodies and New Year’s atmosphere. A chic of Renaissance ballrooms and palaces of Europe from the XVIII-XIX centuries will come alive right there, in 2018.

Website: kiev.karabas.com/ua/novogodnee-ledovoe-shou

Jan 27
Viva Vivaldi

Architect’s House (7 Borysa Hrinchenka Str.)
The project of “Kyiv Orchestra Metropolis” gives inspiration and joyful mood to the audience with their splendid show – Viva Vivaldi. The concert program will consist of the greatest melodies written by Antonio Vivaldi, operas performed by Ukrainian opera singer Susanna Chakhoyan, the owner of the charming and strong voice is going to perform arias with her soprano timbre.

Website: kiev.karabas.com/ua/viva-vivaldi

Jan 27
Opera “Nabucco”

National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (50, Vologymyrska Str.)
An Italian-language opera in two acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera will be presented in National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet as a joint Ukrainian-Italian art project under the patronage of the Embassy of Italy in Ukraine.
Hours: 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Website: www.opera.com.ua/afisha/nabukko-14

Jan 28
David Guetta

International Exhibition Centre in Kiev (15 Brovarskoy Ave.)
The king of electronic music David Guetta has become a legend over the last 15 years, selling more than 10 million copies of his albums and 40 million singles all over the world. He co-worked with top music stars of the globe, including Rihanna, David Bowie, Sia, Robert Schulz and Justin Bieber, and received two Grammy awards.
David Guetta’s concert in Kiev is a part of European Arena Tour and will become his first solo show in Ukraine.

Website: www.concert.ua/ru/eventpage/david-guetta

BUSINESS & EXHIBITIONS

Oct 27–Jan 6
“Anonymous society”

Pinchuk Art Centre (1/3-2 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
The provocative exhibition tells a story about Ukrainians who try to find their identity after Soviet Union collapse and includes works of fifteen artists. Eccentric works highlight challenges Ukrainians face after they have become an independent part of international community. The exhibition “Anonymous society” highlights that people should find their own uniqueness instead of living under the ghosts of the past, Soviet Union.

Website: pinchukartcentre.org/ru/exhibitions/doslidnitska-platforma_-anonimne-suspilstvo

Dec 4
Top Forum Ukraine

Hilton hotel (30 Tarasa Shevchenko Blvd)

Business representatives, financial, auditing companies will gather on the conference that will become a platform to expand the professional network, share experience, and learn fresh tendencies in the professional area.
Top Forum speakers are going to discuss international banking, global real estate, opening accounts for Ukrainian citizens challenges as well as recent tendencies and projects for attracting foreign investments, taxation system of Ukraine, crypto-currency and blockchain progress.

Website: topforum.info

Nov 21 – Jan 21
Modern Jewelry Art

Ukrainian Museum of Historical Treasures (9 Lavrska Str. / 21 Ivan Mazepa Str.)
Logo of the event “Fragile moment touches eternity” represents a concept of the contemporary unconventional method of jewelry making. During the exhibition, participants can enjoy artworks of the best Ukrainian jewelers who are famous all over the world. Before you visit Ukrainian Museum of Historical The registration is required.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/356674008126917

Dec 8
Ukrainian Gaming Summit 2017

Hyatt Regency Kiev (5 Alla Tarasova Str.)
More than 100 participants of Ukrainian Gaming Summit 2017 will discuss information and technology trends, bitcoin system in the Eastern Europe and approaches to governmental industry regulation. Among the speakers are Iryna Sergienko (President of the Ukrainian Association of the Gaming Industry), Nina Yuzhanina (Head of the Committee on Tax and Customs Policy), Serhiy Marchenko (Deputy Minister of Finances), Jerome Vacher (IMF Representative in Ukraine).

Website: ugs2017.com.ua

SPORTS

Dec 7
FC Dinamo – FK Partizan

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex (55 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.)
On December 14 at 8 p.m., Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex will gather 70 thousand sports fans under the same roof to watch the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League group stage matchday 6 game between FC Dynamo Kyiv and a Serbian professional football club Partizan.

Website: www.nsc-olimpiyskiy.com.ua/events/dinamo-partizan

Dec 14
WWFC 9

Palace of Sports (1 Sportyvna Square)
The prestigious International Mixed Martial Arts Tournament will be held at the Kiev Sports Palace. There will be two title fights for the WWFC belt of world champions, as well as fights with the participation of the leading professional fighters of Ukraine, Europe, America and Central Asia.

Website: wwfc.in.ua

Dec 16
Man on The Ring

Caribbean Club (4 Symona Petlyury Str.)
The trendy Caribbean Club will host the debut show of the Ukrainian league of amateur boxing “Men in the ring”. Among participants are the representatives of medicine, security, construction and IT business from Kiev, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhia. Among the guests you will see a former WBO super welterweight champion Serhiy Dzyndzyruk, EBU European Champion Max Bursak who held the European middleweight title in 2013.

Website: www.concert.ua/ru/eventpage/men-on-the-ring

Dec 24
New Year’s Yol Half Marathon

Vyshgorod embankment
Yol Marathon is the funniest event of the New Year’s holidays due to the rule that claims – every runner should have a witty Christmas-themed costume. In order to participate, you need to buy a ticket (UAH 350-2000) that includes a set of surprises: winner’s medal, a brand bag, Santa Claus red hat and presents from the Half Marathon creators.

Website: gonka.com.ua/events/yule

HOLIDAYS

  • December 04 – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (“Vvedynya”)
  • December 07 – St. Catherine’s Day
  • December 13 – St. Andrew’s Day
  • December 19 – St. Nicholas Day
  • December 25 – Western Christmas (National holiday, day off)
  • January 1 – The New Year (National holiday, day off)
  • January 6 – Christmas Eve
  • January 7 – Eastern Orthodox Christmas (National holiday, day off)
  • January 13 – Malanka
  • January 14 – Old New Year
  • January 19 – Epiphany
  • January 22 – Ukrainian Unity Day
  • December 13
    St. Andrew’s Day

    On this day, the faithful of the Orthodox Church honor the memory of St. Andrew, the Christian Apostle and brother of the Apostle Peter. Despite its deep religious essence, this holiday is celebrated with great cheer in Ukraine. By tradition, it’s a day when unmarried women can learn something of their destiny in love and marriage by stepping outside in the evening and asking the name of the first passing stranger. It is believed that his name will coincide with your future husband’s name!

    December 18–19
    Saint Nicholas Day

    Why celebrate this day, and what is its meaning? St. Nicholas was a man who devoted himself entirely to helping those who needed it most, for this reason, he has become known as Father Christmas. Some people believe he is still alive. First and foremost, this is a joyful occasion for children, who write letters to St. Nicholas on the eve of the holiday, asking for presents. They believe that on this magic night of December 19, a kind grandfather with a lush white beard (as St. Nicholas is customarily portrayed on icons) comes with a large bag and puts gifts under the pillows of kind and obedient children, while naughty ones get a twig. One must say that sometimes it really happens, but no child has managed to see St. Nicholas personally yet.

    December 31–January 1
    The New Year

    The New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year, arriving at midnight on December 31. Ukrainians believe the way you spend New Year’s Eve will say a lot about how that year will go. That’s why they try to have everything perfectly ready: prepare a rich table, gather the family together, and eagerly await the moment when the clock hits midnight to toast, greet each other, and enter the New Year with peace, happiness, and high hopes. Some important customs of the New Year celebration in Ukraine include putting up a Christmas tree, drinking champagne, enjoying a rich variety of dishes including the famous Olivier salad, making wishes while the bells chime, watching a famous romantic comedy The Irony of Fate, and enjoying bright fireworks, revelry and dancing until the early hours. During these festive days be especially curious, discover some wonderful local traditions, and enjoy a fiery New Year’s celebration in truly Ukrainian style!

    January 6–7
    Eastern Orthodox Christmas

    The warmest and most revered holiday in Ukraine is Christmas Eve, the evening before Christmas, which Orthodox Christians celebrate on the 6th of January. On this day Ukrainians try to create an atmosphere of happiness, peace, abundance, and tranquility. Traditional homemakers cook 12 incredible dishes, representing the twelve months of the year. Kutia is a main dish always served first at the Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper. It is a dish of boiled wheat berries mixed with poppy seeds and raisins. When the first star appears in the sky –in biblical legend, heralding the birth of Jesus Christ – Ukrainians begin the festive meal. The supper starts with a blessing and lighting of a candle in memory of one’s ancestors. The next morning, on January 7, it is customary to go around making drop-in visits, offering holiday greetings, carolling, and wishing wealth and prosperity to the owners of each house.