25.11.2021   17:56

Fairytale Santa Claus train to visit dozens of Russian cities

On 5 December 2021, Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and Santa Claus and who is also known as Father Frost, will set off on a long journey across the country on a special train specially prepared for him by Russian Railways.

His fairy-tale mobile residence was presented at a ceremony at Kazan Station in Moscow, with the All-Russian Father Frost from Veliky Ustyug, the Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways Dmitry Pegov, and the Governor of the Vologda Region Oleg Kuvshinnikov taking part.

"I will travel more than 13,000 kilometres and visit 36 ​​cities so that people all over Russia will feel the coming approach of the New Year. Everyone can come to meet me and take part in our New Year’s fairy tale," said the All-Russian Father Frost.

The train will leave from Veliky Ustyug and be underway across Russia for 41 days. Father Christmas will make stops in Vologda, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk, Kazan, Samara, Saratov, Volgograd and other cities. His long journey will come to an end in Veliky Ustyug on the eve of the Old New Year, which takes place on 31 December according to the old Julian calendar used in Russia before 1918, but is now celebrated on 13 January under the Gregorian calendar.

Father Christmas’s mobile residence is a special, festively decorated train consisting of carriages for games and quests, a reception room and a restaurant car etc.

"The Santa Claus train will be at the railway stations in the cities during the day, when festive events will take place. Everyone will be able to meet the train and take pictures, and those who buy tickets will be able to attend a separate festive programme inside the mobile residence and talk to Santa Claus," said Dmitry Pegov.

In every city where the train stops, children and their parents will be able to take part in festive events, send postcards and receive a New Year’s gift from Santa Claus himself. The shop carriage will display souvenirs and sweets from Russia’s North, and the restaurant car will have a kitchen where chefs will prepare unique northern dishes according to Father Frost’s recipes.

"This is Russia’s largest social project during the Christmas and New Year holidays. It will enable thousands of children and their parents to see and experience Santa Claus live and immerse themselves in the atmosphere of a winter fairy tale. We agreed with Ded Moroz and Russian Railways that if the project proves very popular, we will organise a similar train next year right from Santa Claus’s birthday on 18 November so that he can visit even more of Russia’s regions across the country," said Oleg Kuvshinnikov.

More details about the train and ticket purchases for one of the children’s magical sessions will be posted soon on the Russian Railways’ website.