Russian father frost celebrated his birthday in Veliky Ustyug

© RIA Novosti / Michael Bureauracy in Photobacterium Santa Claus. Archival photoRussian father frost celebrated his birthday in Veliky Ustyug© RIA Novosti / Michael Bureauracy the image Bank

Russian Ded Moroz said Sunday his next fabulous birthday in Veliky Ustyug, the press service of the Governor of the Vologda region.

On this day, the birthplace of the main winter wizard going children and adults. The celebration was attended by various fairy tale characters: the Kostroma snow maiden, Baba Yaga from Kukoboy, pakkayne from Karelia, King Berendey from the Yaroslavl region, Shoo-Babai from Kazan, Tol-Babai of Udmurt Republic and many others, as well as about 5 thousand visitors.

Also came to congratulate father Frost, the Governor of the Vologda region Oleg Kuvshinnikov. According to the Governor, 20 years ago, was created one of the most important symbols of the region — «Great Ustyug – homeland of father Frost». He noted that during this time the patrimony of Santa Claus was visited by 3 million people.

«Sure, we can accept even more guests, both Russian and foreign. Today, I announce great news: grounds estates of father Frost will increase almost two times — from 42 to 90 hectares», — he said.

As a result, in the near future there will be new attractions to the guest, hotels, restaurants and cafes. Also in the updated concept will include the extension of the branch of the Moscow zoo in Velikiy Ustyug. Today the zoo, located on an area of almost 6 hectares, brings together dozens of different species of animals and birds (nearly 400 Pets), some of whom are listed in the Red book.

«Our country is home to more than 27 million children. And to all the children of Russia came here, to our Santa Claus, we not only increase the size of the patrimony, but will also build in Veliky Ustyug, a new airport will extend the runway. One and a half years here will fly planes from Moscow, St. Petersburg and other major cities of the country», — assured Kuvshinnikov.

He also announced the start of the contest of children’s drawings «I draw the Vologda region». The winners will have the opportunity to travel to the birthplace of Santa Claus.

The culmination of the celebration was the lighting of fires on the first new year tree of Russia. On Monday, the winter magician will continue his pre-Christmas tour of the country. Until December 31, he will visit and congratulate the residents of more than 20 Russian cities.