It was already in October that some metropolitan shops opened the season of pre-New Year trading. In general, the city is preparing to hold traditional Christmas fairs, the Minsk-News Agency correspondent was told at the Main Department of the Consumer Market of the Minsk City Executive Committee.
The main trading rows, as before, will be located on two sites - near the Sports Palace and in Octyabrskaya Square from December 15 to January 15. But this time there will be some surprises in store for the city citizens.
"Oktyabrskaya Square proved to be a very popular place for the citizens of Minsk on holidays, therefore this year together with Minskreklama and the Minsk City Council we have thought of a new decoration of the square," said Tamara Tikhonova, Head of the Department of Trade and Catering of the Main Department of the Consumer Market of the Minsk City Executive Committee. "There will be many illuminations, the main New-Year tree will appear in a different form - there will be a "winter garden" - a specially dressed public garden near the Palace of the Republic. Our tents will be set up. Trade enterprises are already working on the assortment of goods; new equipment has been purchased, for example, for baking driniki (pancakes made of grated potatoes). New Year presents, souvenirs, toys, confectionery, hot pastries, mulled wine, draniki and pancakes will be presented everywhere", she continued.
On December 23 the city fair "Kalyadnaya Zorka" (Christmas Garland) will be held at the Sports Palace as well as in all districts of the city. In addition to the above mentioned products people will have a chance to purchase products for the festive table. On New Year's Eve "Kalyadny Kirmash" will be working on this site until 4 am.
The fair at the Palace of Sports will run from December 15 to January 15 from 12 o’clock to 9 p.m.
In Octyabrskaya Square, visitors are expected: on December 15-23 - from 12 o’clock to 9 p.m., on December 24 - January 7 - from 12 o’clock to 10 p.m., on January 8-15 - from 12 o’clock to 8 p.m.
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