House of Ded Moroz
Ded Moroz palace was opened in 1999 in the frames of the joint project of Vologda Oblast Government and Moscow Government «Veliki Ustyug – Ded Moroz Homeland» with the purpose to support and strengthen the family traditions. During its development the project became known not only in Russia but in CIS and foreign countries. Russian Ded Moroz became a real symbol of kindness, wisdom and healthy way of life.
Ded Moroz Palace arranges and holds competitions, festivals, festivities, exhibitions, ritual and topical cultural events and creative labs.
Interregional, All-Russia and international festivals, competitions and festivities are held in Ded Moroz Homeland. Some of them became traditional: Interregional festival of youth art «On Ded Moroz glades» (since 2002), International festival for children from orphanages «Christmas dream» (since 2005), All-Russia music festival of KVN school teams «Let’s open hearts to a kind story» (since 2007) and International event «Ded Moroz Birthday».
Under Ded Moroz aegis the programs of children movements aimed at creation, moral education and creative work «Novogodnik» (Ded Moroz helper) and «Russia serebryata» are successfully developed.
During his annual New Year tour Ded Moroz visits about 40 cities. In his Homeland, in Veliki Ustyug, Ded Moroz receives up to one hundred thousand tourists a year. On the territory of Homeland tourists can take part in different cultural programs, visit the Fairy-Tale Path, a zoo and children attractions.
Besides Ded Moroz actively cooperates with fairy characters from other countries and participates in joint programs together with foreign representatives.
Russian Ded Moroz from Veliky Ustyug was recognized as the official Ded Moroz of the Sochi Winter Olympics.