Cultural tourism in Russia
> Vologda region
> Veliky Ustyug
The city of Veliky Ustyug IS the Vologda region is considered the home of Grandfather
Frost, the Russian Santa Claus. Grandfather Frost's country house is a wooden
palace located in a wooded area near the city. However, because Grandpa Frost
receives about 300,000 letters from his little fans every year, a special Grandfather
Frost Postal Service Is set up at Mr, Frost's city residence in Veliky Ustuq.=
Welcome to Veliky Ustyug homeland of Ded Moroz!
Arrival. When you see winter landscapes of Veliky Ustyug you will understand
at once that you are in a fairy tale, because winter here is surprisingly beautiful.
Accommodation in a hotel.
Programme in Ded Moroz`s Votchina (wooden palace of Ded Moroz on the bank of
Sukhona river) A fairy-tale palace with log walls, plank carved porch, white
stairs and lacy window frames stands in pine forest. It stands in splendor flashing
its colorful lights. Here the wizard lives for the whole year.
You will travel along a wonderful fairy-tale path and will meet well-known fairy
characters; you will have an excursion in the wooden palace of Ded Moroz and
will see him. You will visit Ded Moroz`s zoo and his Winter garden. There is
a big variety of recreational activities.
Get - together (a past-time on winter evenings) - folk rites, entertainments
with folk games, folk dances
Excursion in Veliky Ustyug (Assumption cathedral, Bell tower of the Assumption
cathedral, cathedral of Trinity- Gleden monastery, cathedral of Archangel Michael
(iconostasis of the VIII century, wall painting of the XVII-XVIII centuries),
St. Nikolas church, church of Zhen-Mironosets, cathedral of Saint Prokopiy the
Righteous (acting church), Ascension church (iconostasis of the XVIII century,
wall painting of XVIII - XIX centuries, ancient mansions on the bank of
Sukhona river, Usov`s house).
Ded Moroz city residence (a throne-room, a workshop and a souvenir shop). A
magnificent Ded Moroz throne unique in its originality and magic force occupies
the most important place of the city residence. In the workshop you can watch
the work of the craftsmen and you will be surprised by their hand-made souvenirs.
In Ded Moroz souvenir shop you can buy fancyworks of Ustyug and Vologda craftsman
in memory of Ded Moroz Homeland.
Ded Moroz Post-Office. It is the place where letters from adults and children
from all over the world are sent and where Ded Moroz and his assistants write
Exhibition «New Years toys» (you will get acquainted with traditions
of different countries of seeing New Year in and will see a unique collection
of Christmas and New Year toys and gift-cards)
Folk master class (Experienced craftsmen will help you to create a wonderful
souvenir in Memory of Ded Moroz Homeland)