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Most events will require pre-registration and ticket purchase.

For the New Year holidays, museums, galleries and cultural centers have prepared many exciting activities for children and adults. Performances, exhibitions, creative activities for the whole family, excursions and a Christmas quest await guests.

Most of the events can be visited from January 2-9, with several themed exhibitions open until the end of the month. For most events, you will need to pre-register and purchase a ticket. This can be done on the official websites of the institutions, as well as on in the section “Poster”.

Children under 14 years old can attend events only when accompanied by adults who have a QR code of a vaccinated or recovered COVID-19 or a negative PCR test. It, together with an identity document, will need to be presented at the entrance to the premises. Teenagers from 14 to 18 years old pass without a QR code and unaccompanied by an adult. You can read about where to get the QR code at link.

Plunge into the atmosphere of Soviet childhood and learn about the theatrical experiments of Catherine II

The Park Gallery (12 Nemchinova Street) invites everyone to an exhibition dedicated to Soviet toys. Visitors will see tumblers, teddy bears, sets of wooden pyramids, dolls with closing eyes, table basketball and other favorite toys of Soviet children. Many exhibits can be touched and examined closer, and if you want to, you can even play with them. The exhibition is open until January 8, you can buy a ticket at website.

Fans of performing arts will be curious to look at the exhibition “Theatrocracy. Catherine II and the Opera “at the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve (Dolskaya Street, 1). The exposition tells about the court theater of the time of Catherine II, its significance and influence on different areas of the life of the then nobility. In the exhibition halls of the main Tsaritsyn palace, you can see exhibits from 27 Russian museums. Among them are the works of the court theater decorators of Catherine II, her autographs, librettos for operas, props, lighting devices and items of theatrical interiors, original and restored theater machines, old musical instruments. You can visit the exhibition until January 9, buy tickets – by link.

Until January 16, the Borodino Battle Panorama Museum (38 Kutuzovsky Prospect, Building 1) hosts an exhibition entitled The World Wants to Know Who We Are, timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow. Visitors will see the works of front-line artists Nikolai Zhukov, Dmitry Tarkhov, Pyotr Krivonogov, Leonid Golovanov, as well as post-war paintings by painters who participated in the Great Patriotic War Pyotr Koretsky, Viktor Makeev, Liya Khinshtein. The exhibition presents graphic portraits of the defenders of Moscow, sketches of hostilities in the strip of the Kalinin and Western fronts, genre war scenes. Entrance to the exhibition with a ticket to the museum, you can order it online by link.

Visit Tsarskoe Selo and consider ancient decorations for the Christmas tree

The Alexander Shilov Gallery has prepared a virtual exhibition of children’s drawings “Christmas Knocking on the Windows”. The exposition contains the best works of students of Moscow art schools. In their drawings, the children reflected the beauty of winter nature and New Year’s trees, decorated with garlands and toys. The exhibition is available at the official website Alexander Shilov gallery until January 20.

Everyone can learn about the history of the emergence of the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum and the fate of its outstanding pupils at the exhibition “Do you remember: when the Lyceum appeared …” in the State Museum of A.S. Pushkin (Old Basmannaya street, building 36). Guests will see portraits of students of the first grade, as well as paintings and graphic works by contemporary artists who draw inspiration from the landscapes of Tsarskoye Selo. You can view the exposition until January 30. Entrance to the exhibition with a ticket to the museum, you can order it online by link.

And the museum-reserve “Kolomenskoye” (Andropova Avenue, house 39, building 69) invites you to visit the exhibition “Three centuries of the Russian Christmas tree” until January 31. The exposition in the palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich brought together about 1000 exhibits telling about New Year and Christmas traditions and customs from the beginning of the 18th century to the first quarter of the 21st century. Visitors will see antique Christmas tree decorations, greeting cards of the imperial family, invitations and menus for dinners in honor of Christmas and New Years celebrations of different years, and much more. Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased at link.

Take part in a Christmas quest and find a cherished desire

You can see a colorful performance with songs and dances in the Museum of the Defense of Moscow (Michurinsky Prospect, Olympic Village, building 3). On January 4 and 5 at 11:00 a performance entitled “The First New Year’s Tale” will be shown. It was prepared by young artists from the “Carnival Mosaic” children’s theater and music studio of national art. The guests will have a story about how the first New Year celebration in Russia went. The narration will be conducted on behalf of a retired soldier of the army of Peter I. To visit the performance, you must first register by phone: +7 499 233-42-06, as well as purchase a ticket to the museum. This can be done on the official website institutions.

The Zelenograd Museum (Gogol Street, 11v) invites you to the “Gift for the Christmas tree” class. The children will be introduced to the history of the Christmas tree toys and will help to create an original Christmas decoration from colored paper. The lesson will take place on January 5 at 11:00. To participate, you must first register.

The Zagorye Gallery (24 Lebedyanskaya Street, Building 2) will show the New Year’s performance “The Gnome Gnome and Raisin”. The wise Dwarf Dwarf and the restless pig Raisin will tell young viewers about the right actions and the value of friendship. They will learn how to behave while walking, away, at the table and during the game. The show will involve a simple shadow theater and show you how to do the same at home with your parents. It will be possible to watch the performance on January 5 at 17:00. To visit, you must purchase a ticket for link.

New Year’s series of popular children’s animated series will be presented on January 6 at 13:00 in the Khodynka gallery (2 Irina Levchenko Street). A special selection of animated films by the Soyuzmultfilm studio has been prepared for kids and their parents. The program includes the cartoons “Umka at the Christmas Tree”, “Orange Cow. Happy New Year, Santa Claus! ”,“ New Prostokvashino. No matter how winter happens “, New Year’s series” Well, wait a minute! ” other. You can register for a cartoon show by link.

And the Gallery of Ilya Glazunov (Volkhonka street, house 13, building 2) organizes the children’s quest “In Search of Christmas”. Participants will take a trip to the Museum of Russian Estates and find out how Christmas was celebrated before the revolution. They will learn how they decorated the tree, what the tree decorations symbolized, and how they treated the guests. The quest will take place on January 6 and 7 at 13:00 (for children seven to nine years old) and at 16:00 (for children 10-12 years old). You can buy tickets at link.

You can explore the Moscow estate of Father Frost and find your cherished desire on an interactive tour, which will be held by the Kuzminki-Lyublino Museum-Reserve (168 Volgogradsky Prospekt) during the holidays. Young participants will have a big New Year’s adventure, during which they will visit the sorting center, Santa Claus’s mail, the storeroom of magic items, the Snow Maiden’s light, the winter wizard’s office, as well as the secret corners of the estate. Many surprises, interesting tasks and, of course, a meeting with the Snow Maiden and Santa Claus await the participants of the program. You can view the schedule of sessions and purchase tickets by link.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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