New Year and Christmas spirit is in the air. Presents are waiting in the wings, shops are holding the last sales, snow is covering the ground, people are waiting for a miracle and decorated and shining 35-meter-high New Year tree is standing on the Maydan square in Kyiv. The installation of the tree started at the end of November, but the lightning ceremony took place on St. Nikolas day.

On this occasion, a concert of folk dances and songs was held on the main square with participation of Saint Nikolas himself, who came out to congratulate all comers accompanied by angels.  

The winner of the Junior Eurovision Nastya Petryk sang the famous Last Christmas.

After her performance, the little pupils of the children dance school affiliated to Virski national ensemble broke into a dance.

The air temperature was 10 degrees below zero. The evening was not very hot...

But nobody had thoughts of leaving when folk singer Nina Matviyenko was signing beautiful and romantic folk songs.

Christmas tunes were also remembered. No Christmas goes without the Nativity play and Star of Bethlehem.

Head of the Kyiv city state administration Oleksandr Popov congratulated everyone with the holidays and...

... pressed the magic button to light the New Year tree on.

Meanwhile, festive fireworks were set off ...

... and Kyivans were watching it open-mouthed.

Now our New Year tree shines and shimmers. Every day and every evening people can come to admire it, but only till January 20.

Alina Yeremeyeva, photos by Viktor Kovalchuk


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