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The New Year Holidays at New Holland Island

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The New Year Holidays at New Holland Island

From 25 December to 8 January there will be a New Year Market in the courtyard of the Bottle on New Holland Island, with 14 stalls selling festive food, treats and gifts located around a central, 8-metre high Christmas Tree. The Bottle’s ground-floor residents will also be serving seasonal food and drink on two additional temporary stalls. The courtyard will be decked out with patio-heaters and chairs, and from 15 to 31 December there will be a Christmas Tree market open next to the Bottle’s main entrance.

This year there will be a New Year Post service on the charity stall, which will allow anyone to leave a gift for others who have fallen on hard times, and who need just the very basic things in life – care and support. Gifts will be collected for the homeless charity Nochlezhka, for the Anton's right here foundation, the regional branch of Age and Joy, the Warm Home foundation, the Mother and Child charity project and the Centre for the Social Rehabilitation of Disabled Adults and Children in the Vyborg region. The gifts will be delivered by volunteers.

The whole of New Holland Island has been spruced up for the opening of the New Year Market: a third huge Nutcracker toy-soldier has been added to the two currently standing guard over the entrance to the Bottle, with the new arrival looking on from the direction of the Foundry. All the pavilions have been decked out with spruce garlands, a pyramid of giant tree decorations now adorns the pontoon, and the island’s trees are now lit up with Moravian Christmas stars, while a garland-lit skating rink graces the very centre of the island.

Also in the New Year events programme are performances by street orchestras in the Bottle courtyard, a screening of The Nutcracker on the main screen, as well as an interactive show for children aged 4 to 10 entitled Enchanted Winter, created by the Mayak school. Please note that participation in this show is not free of charge.

Once again there will be Father Frost workshops while the New Year Market is open, organized by the P.Т.Kh. Creative Workshop, where children aged 6 and above can learn to make calendars, toys, gifts, garlands and board-games under the supervision of Father Frost's highly experienced helpers. Participation is free of charge.

An updated range of New Holland Island branded gifts and souvenirs is already available for purchase at the island's Infocentre, including festive bodywarmers and cozy knitted jumpers, as well as badges and stickers.

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