#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Tiger met with the Hare to congratulate the Norilsk people. Father Frost and Snow Girl have opened snow towns in Big Norilsk. Entertainment programs were held in the Central district, Talnah and Kayerkan. This year, the mayor’s office spent 13 million rubles on festive entourage for fairy-tale venues.
In the center of Norilsk, in the Dolgoye Lake park, as well as in Talnah and Kayerkan, Christmas tree lights were lit – ice towns with labyrinths, slides and snow sculptures were solemnly opened on city squares. An additional location was also installed at the Zapolyarnik stadium this year – before that, the stadium was decorated for the last time to celebrate 2007.
In honor of the year of the Black Water Rabbit – a symbol of kindness and home comfort – Norilsk changed its festive dress from silver to gold.
The townspeople called the main 20-meter-high beauty on the square of the Dolgoye Lake park stylish and elegant: according to the Norilsk residents, they are fed up with too many-colored and richly decorated Christmas trees, they want something calm.
Ice figures this year are made in the style of Russian folk tales: you can take pictures with Emelya and other tale characters.
The weather on the ice sites opening day was good, the Norilsk people went to the holiday with their whole families. The city head Dmitry Karasev noted that the Christmas tree opening is a long-awaited event for young northerners and wished everyone a happy new year.
A theatrical performance was held for the guests with Father Frost and the Snow Girl, life-size puppets, dances and songs.
Recall, in order to please the Norilsk residents and to hand over the snow towns on time, the contractor usually starts preparations from October-November, when the thickness of ice on Dolgoye lake reaches 40-50 centimeters. Later, it is much more difficult to cut blocks for sculptures: by December, ice in the northern reservoirs freezes up to 2.5 meters.
Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko