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Vologda and Veliky Ustyug are one of the most popular cities for New Year holiday season

The Russian Tour Operator Association presented the rating of the most interesting places for New Year and Christmas celebrations.

According to Russian Tour Operator Association ATOR, Vologda and Veliky Ustyug are one of the most popular cities for New Year holiday season alongside with Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Vologda Region has some astonishing sights and experiences to offer. Its unique sights - churches, monasteries, architectural complexes and natural reserves are a magnet for tourists. There are several 19th century wooden mansions in the centre of the city, giving it a pleasantly old-fashioned feel.

One of the major tourist attractions of the Vologda Region is Veliky Ustyug. Now Veliky Ustyug is probably the most picturesque place of the Vologda Region. You can see white churches, bell towers and old houses here. This town is known as the residence of Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus. According to the legend, Veliky Ustyug is the starting point of Ded Moroz’s New Year travel, which he undertakes every year to bring joy and presents to everyone. There is a number of festive events celebrated throughout the year in Veliky Ustyug. Usually you can see different contests, festivals, theatre performances and fireworks.

Vologda oblast official website