THE HOLIDAY CHEER IN KHARKOV

Lenin Square, which is in the center of the city not too far from our apartment, always has something interesting going on during every season of the year. This square is the second largest in Eastern Europe and has had many large gatherings during its years of existence. Every year a large Christmas tree is put up and other attractions are set up around it. A few years ago there was an ice carving exhibition which, from what we have seen from the pictures, was fascinating. Here are the sights from this year.

There are many attractions set up for children to ride - little Santa trains, etc. There are also carnival type rides for youth and adults. We don't know how anyone can ride them in the cold temperatures during this season. Ukrainians are tougher than we are!


There is a skating rink set up which always has some skaters. You can see the Santa waiting for some customers on his train.


We keep seeing bunnies all over town this Christmas season - stuffed animals, figurines, painted on window displays, etc. We finally asked someone what is with the bunnies everywhere. We found out that this is the Chinese year of the bunny. Question answered.


A jolly Ukrainian Santa!


This view is looking down the square toward the statue of Lenin. It's really quite a wonderful display of Christmas cheer for the citizens.

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4 Responses to THE HOLIDAY CHEER IN KHARKOV

  1. Wendi Jagerson says:

    That’s a beautiful Christmas tree. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. kirsten says:

    Is the tree real? I’m doubting it but ya never know. Things sure are pretty there and not so commercialized it seems.

  3. kirsten says:

    I think the bunny is a little funny. that’s interesting they recognize Chinese traditions. Are there a lot of Chinese people living there?

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