New Year’s Eve in Moscow

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No plans? No problem! Moscow has got you covered

Moscow is lit up and ready for fun.

Moscow is lit up and ready for fun.

Andrei Nikerichev / Moskva News Agency

By now you surely have your New Year’s Eve plans nailed down.
But if you don’t, or if you’re unsure, or if you’ve been buried under so much
end-of-the-year work that you haven’t even thought about it, we’re here to

Into Christmas

From Dec.
31 until 3 p.m. on Jan. Tverskaya Ulitsa and the streets around Manege Square,
Teatralnaya Ploshchad and Ploshchad Revolyutisii will be closed to automotive
traffic and become Moscow’s Holiday Central. On ten stages there will be
performances of traditional Russian holiday fare like “The Nutcracker” and “The
Snow Maiden.” Street performers from Russia and abroad will take over parts of
the roadway, and there will be an endless panoply events, activities, quests, games,
and contests for children and adults. This is in addition to the chalets for
snacks, sweets, drinks and souvenirs; the decorated trees; the huge ice chute
(if it isn’t rained out); and the general party atmosphere. At midnight on Dec.
31 fireworks will be set off from all ten stages, with Red Square’s show in the

For more
information, see the site.

Revelers at Gorky Park after too much punch.

Revelers at Gorky Park after too much punch.

Gorky Park


One of
Moscow’s prettiest little urban gardens, the Hermitage, is offering a free
party to all comers starting at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31. Inside the pavilions and
throughout the garden there will be entertainers, costumed performers, not to
mention DJs, music and dancing. The merriment will go on until 2 a.m. If the
ice isn’t washed away, the rink will be open until 3 a.m. (500 ruble fee). For
more information see the Hermitage Garden site

Gorky Park

Gorky Park,
Muzeon and the entire embankment along the Moscow River will be another Holiday
Central on Dec. 31. Expect dancing, fireworks, skating (weather permitting),
snacking, street performers, musicians and lots of people taking selfies.
Entrance is free; skating and skate rentals are 800 rubles for adults and 500
for children. For more information, see Gorky Park.

The view from the 85th floor of the Ruski Restaurant.

The view from the 85th floor of the Ruski Restaurant.


High in the

restaurant Ruski high up in the sky in Moscow City is having an
Onegin Ball — spelled in Russian in pre-Revolutionary orthography, which must
mean it will be fancy.  It begins with
champagne at 9 p.m., moves to a theater performance, breaks for President
Putin’s address to the nation, followed by singer Tina Kuznetsova, and then
dancing until 4 a.m. Some window table seats are still available at 30, 000
rubles a head. Call +7 (495) 777 7111 to reserve. For more information see the
event site.

The Turandot restaurant seems destined to hold a "Game of Thrones" themed New Year's party.

The Turandot restaurant seems destined to hold a “Game of Thrones” themed New Year’s party.

Courtesy of Turandot

Play for
Two Days at ArtPlay

If an
evening of merriment seems insufficient for all your pent-up New Year’s dancing-eating-drinking-partying
energy, head over to ArtPlay. There the fun, organized by Signal, begins at 10
p.m. on Dec. 31 and ends at 10 a.m. on Jan. 2. Cool. You can dance on three
completely separate dance floors, check out into enhanced reality, and flit
around the media art sculptures and installations.  All for 2,200 rubles a head entrance fee. See more here.

Game of
Thrones at Turandot

If you love “Game of Thrones” and have a lot of disposable income, there’s still room at
Turandot. The entire restaurant will be redecorated into Westeros banquet
halls, with a feast fit for kings and queens, and dancing alternating with
running away from White Walkers into the arms of the Ironmen. Music will be
provided by stars Valery Meladze and Svetlana Loboda, along with the Luxury
Cover Band — billed as the group Tyrion Lannister performs with. Dress code:
regal. Entrance fee: from 69,000 to 199,000 rubles per head. Call ahead to
reserve: +7 (495) 739 0011. More information on the restaurant site.

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