Despite the incessant replay of holiday tunes in just about every venue you visit, should you find you’re a little more Ebenezer Scrooge than Tiny Tim these days, we’ve got a few ideas to get you in the Christmas spirit
Our Top-10 Christmas flicks
From traditional festive fare to a darker take on the holiday season, pop some corn, put your feet up, and just enjoy these holiday hits.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
Home Alone (1990)
The Family Stone (2005)
The Holiday (2006)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Happy Christmas (2014)
A Christmas Tale (2008)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Having trouble locating the very best places to find gifts? Look no further…
Looking for last minute gift ideas? This store combines a huge number of ideas for any gift, from amazing soft toys to technological accessories. You should be prepared to spend at least an hour here, it’s just impossible to leave empty-handed.
Vsi.Svoi Home and Décor
There are nearly 150 brands from Ukraine showcased here, which provide everything you need to make your home extra cosy through winter. Across 500 m2, all items found here are made from natural materials, including wood, wool, hemp, linen, metal, marble, porcelain, and ceramic. It’s a one-stop shop for home textiles and decor, in which you can find a gift for even the most demanding home decorating.
This is the largest store of its kind for all manner of Ukrainian-made goods, thanks to its online presence. A popular novelty this year is gift boxes – and here you can find gifts for any occasion and budget, as well as build your own gift set from a huge range of products. All products are exclusively from Ukrainian manufacturers, and the range is to be seen to believed.
Head out of the house and enjoy some fun in the snow
ZYMOVA KRAINA Festival
Expocentre of Ukraine (Hlushkova 1)
8 December – 10 March
By purchasing a comprehensive ticket to this beautiful winterland you can spend an unforgettable day in a realm of holiday entertainment! Meet your favorite fairytale characters and try out the park’s most popular entertainment. Enjoy the city’s largest skating rink in the city, take a thrilling rollercoaster ride, visit Santa Claus’ Ukrainian dacha, browse the festive fair, take in a show at the puppet theatre or visit the Planet Butterflies tropical farm. There will also be a special series of cinema shows and quests, the “Country of Robots”, a gallery of 3D paintings, and a rope park in the trees. You can be sure, regardless of age, all visitors to the park will leave with a smile on their dial.
from 110 UAH
Ice Age Festival
Spivoche Pole (Lavrska 33)
15 December – 30 January
A large-scale New Year festival will take place in Kyiv at the Spivoche Pole, where Kyiv residents and city guests alike will enjoy a grand amount of entertainment and attractions! Ice Age opens with an exhibition of flower arrangements in ice and snow figures, with snow slides as another fun feature for both kids and adults! Those for the big kids have a run of 70 metres, while the smaller in size will enjoy and nice quick 30-metre slide. Make sure you find time to visit the cute and fluffy puppies from Artic breeds such as Samoyed, Husky, Like, and Balamut at the petting zoo!
from 50 UAH
The WO Holiday playlist
The best ever selection of holiday favourites right in one playlist.
Sick of Wizzard, Slade, and Mariah Carey? Well tastes vary and the What’s On team is representative of that. Love or loathe them, Christmas songs are a big part of the festive period – and so they should be. With that in mind, we wanted to give you something special this year, so we’ve prepared a festive playlist with all the top songs for the best New Year celebration or warm and cosy family evening.