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Christmas Land of Dreams Festival

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas in early January with an annual Christmas Country of Dreams Festival at the Mamayeva Sloboda open air folk village located 7km (4.5 miles) west of the city centre. As well as a Christmas Market, expect food stalls serving traditional dishes and musical performances. There is also a recreated Cossack village with its three-domed wooden church to explore.

Date: 01 January 2019 - 31 January 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Mamayeva Slododa.

Kraina Mriy

Translating as ‘Country of Dreams’, Kraina Mriy is a biannual, renowned international musical folklore festival that brings together folk groups from all over Europe and beyond. As well as traditional folk music, more cutting-edge fusion acts from all over Europe also perform. In addition to the musical entertainment, a wide variety of events and activities take place at the festival that includes folk dancing, Cossack entertainment, folk painting, literature and ethnic food.

Date: 01 January 2019 - 31 January 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Spivoche Pole.

New Year's Day

More celebrated than Christmas, which falls a week later in Ukraine, New Year is a time for parties, family gatherings, lengthy meals and plenty of drinking. This is also when the Ukrainian equivalent of Santa Claus, Ded Moroz (Father Frost), visits homes to leave children presents under the decorated New Year’s Day tree.

Date: 01 January 2019 - 01 January 2019


April Fools' Day

Kyiv’s (Kiev’s) citizens make a big thing of April Fools’ Day, taking to the streets in silly costumes and on inappropriate transport like skis and office chairs. Practical jokes and sending friends on fool’s errands are de rigueur.

Date: 01 April 2019 - 01 April 2019
Venue: Central Kyiv.

Victory Day

On 9 May each year, thousands pay respects to the war dead by laying flowers at Kiev's eternal flame and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is an important holiday for Ukrainians, especially the older generation who remember the horrors of WWII and the subsequent Nazi invasion.

Date: 09 May 2019 - 09 May 2019


Kyiv Day

Kyiv’s (Kiev’s) very own city day celebrations take place annually on the last weekend in May. City centre streets are closed to traffic and Kyiv’s citizens congregate to stroll and enjoy the party atmosphere, with outdoor performances of music and theatre. Elsewhere in the city, events such as fishing competitions, bicycle races and fun runs are held. The day closes with an evening fireworks display.

Date: 25 May 2019 - 26 May 2019
Venue: Kiev city centre.


Molodist International Film Festival

This widely respected international film festival aims to support films made by young emerging directors. Each year, many films from around the world are shown in the search for fresh talent. Retrospectives of established directors and film schools of world cinema also feature.

Date: 25 May 2019 - 02 June 2019


Ukrainian Independence Day

August 24 1991 marks the date of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union. This is celebrated throughout Kyiv (Kiev) with bunting, national flags and military parades through the city centre. After dark, a spectacular firework display lights up the city sky.

Date: 24 August 2019 - 24 August 2019