City of Light: Moscow Dresses Up for a Christmas Journey

PHOTO by Alexandra Krasnova / TASS

In anticipation of the Christmas and the New Year’s holidays, the most-expected winter break in Russia, Moscow streets have been richly adorned with multiple light installations.

Copters of the Russian 360 Channel have captured the capital’s embellished streets – all shiny and ready to celebrate.

VIDEO by 360 Channel / YouTube

The “Journey to Christmas” festival, which includes fire shows, carnivals, parades, ice ballets and more, began on Dec. 16. Holiday events in various city venues will run until Jan. 15, according to “Moscow” city news agency.

In addition, a temporary residence of Finland’s Santa Claus – Santa’s House – will open on Tverskaya Square. Santa will welcome visitors for two days – Dec. 16 and 17.

Last year, “Journey to Christmas” was the biggest festival in Europe. It was attended by about ten million people.