This year Moscow’s winter holidays’ decorations are the best!
1. There is a traditional GUM-fair at the Red Square. It looks similar to previous ones and even uses the same paraphernalia. New Years’ retro postcards, that GUM is decorated with, are the only difference.
I’ve shown the fair last year, so I decided not to do it again.
2. Decoration of non-coniferous trees became a nice tradition. Looks unusual and cute.
3. Nikolskaya street is the most beautiful place here! Perhaps, even the street itself thinks that it’s just a Christmas dream.
4. People can’t hide their delight. The most popular phrase, heard here is “Just like in Europe!” (although lots of European cities are decorated much poorer). The second question is: “Is it really Moscow?”
5. The street turned into a festive corridor. Actually, from Lubyanka the decorations look a bit weaker.
6. Tretyakovsky passage decorations are traditional. But some things changed: the guards learned not to argue with photographers using tripod. They don’t think that it’s a “spy attribute of competitor shops”. Isn’t that a miracle?
Last year one “barrier manager” tried to prevent me from taking photos using tripod. I politely asked him to leave me alone. He wasn’t satisfied and called a policeman. A policeman told him to leave me alone.
Maybe White Square guards are also normal this year? Last year they were looking at tripod like as if it was a weapon.
7. Ice-run at Revolution Square. Unfortunately, it had melt a bit and was closed.
8. Manezhnaya Square fair. A perfect place!
9. For the history.
10. This giant ball appears at Manezhnaya Square for the second time. In contrast to the previous one, it shimmers with various colours.
11. It’s empty and open for entering. The ball is said to be granting wishes 😀
12. Bolshoi Theatre wears a crown!
13. A fountain
14. This place is the second in the list of the most beautiful places of Moscow centre (after Nikolskaya street).
15. Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street is also perfect! It is so colorful for the second year! It’s called the “Dandy Island”. Some discotheques will be conducted here at weekend and holidays.
16. A fair in front of TsUM.
18. Splendid Kamergersky Avenue.
19. Let’s have a walk along it.
21. These lightening digits are placed from Tverskaya Street side. You can find the similar ones in some other places – at Trubnaya, Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya.
22. A cozy fair at Tverskaya square. The hardest thing for taking photo here is to catch a moment without people. Here are a lot of walkers, so sometimes you have to wait for quite a long time. I’ve heard about some photographers, who were having enough time to read a whole volume of “War and Peace” by L.Tolstoy, while waiting for a proper moment.
23. Tverskoy Boulevard.
24. A huge light tunnel.
25. And some smaller ones.
27. A fountain at Novopushkinsky square
28. Selfie mirrors in place of faces are looking creepy. They remind of some horror movies.
29. The angels are perfect.
32. The fountain at Novopushkinsky square has a shape of a huge cake with some city sights on it. There is a similar cake near the “Russia” cinema.
33. There are two fairs at Pushkinskaya: in front of “Russia” and near Novopushkinsky square. Traditional “fairy forest” surrounds them.
34. The fair near “Russia”.
35. I liked the cats, crowning the fountain decorations, very much.
36. Yesterday here was an opening of “Winter days of street theaters”. 150 performances will be played here during the holidays.
Just like the previous year, the city is decorated in the context of “A trip to Christmas” festival. This year it is held at the same time with another one: “Christmas light”.
Some good news: Moscow will keep this beautiful look until 17th of January! Festivals are prolonged to cover the Old New Year.
Hurry up to see! 😉