When the skating rink at VDNKh 2019 - 2020 opens and what surprises await its guests on New Year's holidays - all this can be found in our information guide.
The most popular and most visited ice rink on the map of Moscow
The ice arena at VDNKh is not just a skating rink in its usual form and understanding, it is 13,000 m² of premium artificial turf, the quality of which is provided around the clock by ultra-modern equipment and a professional team of experienced specialists. However, this is not all the advantages of this facility. With its excellent infrastructure, which includes a spacious parking lot, cozy cafeterias, rental and sharpening points for skates, figure skating and hockey sections, the skating rink at VDNH can be called the best multi-functional skating rink in Russia.
The area of the ice arena can accommodate up to 4,000 people at a time, which is an absolute world record for ice rink attendance.
It is also noteworthy that you can ride on the VDNKh skating rink not only in cold weather. Thanks to heavy-duty cooling units, the ice cover of the object maintains a flawless structure even at a plus temperature.
Adds bonuses to the advantages of the ice platform at VDNH and a creative program of New Year's entertainment for children and adults. Throughout the January holidays, the arena administration offers visitors spectacular theatrical performances, sports tournaments, interactive contests and quizzes with raffle prizes. The most large-scale entertainment events await Muscovites and guests of the capital on New Year's Eve, Christmas, Old New Year and Epiphany.
Unprecedented safety standards, which are a priority principle in the operation of the ice rink, deserve special attention. During the working day on the territory of VDNH there are left-luggage offices for personal belongings, wardrobes and first-aid posts, and a professional law enforcement service will ensure the personal safety of visitors.
Those who are going to take their first steps in figure skating can use the services of experienced instructors who will help not only find the right skates, but also teach them how to feel confident on the ice in a few hours.
Opening date of the ice arena at VDNH: how the ice rink works in the 2019 - 2020 season
The largest ice rink in Moscow will open at the end of November 2019 and will continue its work, supposedly until mid-March next. Given the artificial cover of the site, you can come here daily, regardless of weather conditions in the region. The only day off in the working schedule of the skating rink is the first day of the week, which is devoted to the mandatory technical activities - ice restoration and bringing the rolling equipment into proper condition.
Rollers "Rocket" and "Flower Garden": mode of operation from January 1 to January 11, 2020
As you know, the ice arena at VDNH is divided into two "sectors" under the names "Rocket" and "Flower Garden". Both sites during the New Year holidays will operate on a Tuesday-Sunday basis. On weekdays, the working hours of the skating rinks are “divided” into two sessions - 11:00 - 23:00, between which there is a two-hour break, lasting from 15:00 to 17:00 local time.
Weekend schedule for the arena is changing. It will be possible to visit the Rocket skating rink from 10:30 to 23:00 (with a break according to the scheme from 14:30 to 16:30). At "Flower Garden" the working day schedule will be almost the same. The only exception is more frequent work interruptions. Their list is as follows: 12:30 - 13:30, 15:30 - 16:30, 18:30 - 19:30.
For visitors with children, the administration of the VDNKh skating rink has organized a separate sector for children from 3 to 8 years old. A distinctive feature of this site are personal mobile cars "Sapsan", designed to insure young skaters from accidental falls. It is also noteworthy that you can get here through a separate entrance, without wasting time in the general queue for adult ice rinks. If desired, you can have a meal with your child in the nearest cafeteria, which has a special fortified menu developed by children's nutritionists.
"Christmas tree" at VDNKh 2019 - 2020: New Year's entertainment program
"Christmas tree" at VDNH is considered a traditional New Year's event in Moscow since the days of the USSR. Given the festive nature of the action, his program is woven from various entertainment events - round dances, songs, quizzes and contests with themed gifts and, of course, a theatrical performance with the participation of the main New Year characters - Santa Claus and Snegurochka.
The plot of the performance changes annually, which each time makes it fascinating and original. In different years, within the framework of the Christmas Tree, the motifs of such popular and beloved by children tales as Frost, Golden Key and Aladdin's Magic Lamp were used. The main feature of New Year's performances at VDNH is that they are interactive. And this means that not only professionals, but also young spectators participate in theatrical action, whom the "heroes" of the story often attract to the stage as actors.
On weekdays, the arena at VDNH will be used exclusively as a skating rink. As for his Friday, Saturday and Sunday programs, presumably, it will be as follows:
- Friday: presentation of animators, master classes in figure skating, thematic flash mobs for children: program time - 18:00 - 20:00;
- Saturday: gymnastics and fitness (morning hours), team tournaments and relay races (daytime hours);
- Sunday: fitness (10:00 - 13:00), quizzes and competitions (daytime hours), concert program (evening hours).
What will be the main theme and program of the upcoming Christmas tree at VDNH is still unknown. This information will be published on the official website of the Moscow City Hall in October - November 2019.
Entrance fee to the VDNKh skating rink: ticket prices for the season 2019 - 2020
The size of the cost of invitations to the VDNH ice platform will depend on several factors: the day of the week, the time of the session, and the age of the visitor. For students, pensioners and children from 3 to 12 years old, preferential discounts are provided.
On weekdays, the price of a daily session will range from 200 rubles - for children up to 300 rubles for adults. On weekends and holidays, ticket prices will increase. A children's ticket for daytime sessions will cost parents 250 rubles, adult visitors at least 350 rubles. The price of an invitation to evening sessions will range from 250 to 400 rubles.
Representatives of the preferential categories of Russians will be able to ride on the ice of VDNH for free at any time of the day. An exception to the rule will be the evening sessions of weekends and holidays.
The preferential category of citizens includes: veterans of the Great Patriotic War, participants in hostilities in Afghanistan, Chechnya and other hot spots, disabled people of groups I and II, disabled children, orphans, children from large and single-parent families. For ISIC certified students, the administration of the skating rink provides tangible discounts. From Tuesday to Friday, representatives of this preferential category can purchase tickets at the price of: 100 rubles for the 1st session and 200 rubles for the 2nd session.
Recall that the system of benefits is valid not only during the holidays, but throughout the New Year holidays.
Additional services at the VDNKh skating rink: what is paid and what is free?
As mentioned earlier, the ice arena at VDNH has an excellent infrastructure that allows visitors to provide the most complete package of services. Throughout the entire working day, there will be skate rental centers, warm dressing rooms, toilets, rest areas, a medical post and, of course, cozy cafeterias with hot drinks and food, where everyone can enjoy popular dishes of Russian and European cuisine.
In the 2019 - 2020 season, the Kaik administration plans to open a mother and child in the room, as well as increase the number of parking spaces, which will undoubtedly please those who arrive at VDNH in private transport. At the same time, the pricing policy of the ice arena will not fundamentally change.
Paid will remain the services of a left-luggage office, rental and sharpening of skates, visits to animated and theatrical performances for children. The cost of tickets for these services and events will be indicated on the official website of the entertainment organizer.
Responses of citizens: is it worth visiting the VDNKh skating rink in the season 2019 - 2020?
Given the huge number of outdoor and indoor ice rinks in the capital, many tourists who come to Moscow to celebrate the New Year find it difficult to choose a site that meets high standards of quality, safety and level of comfort. Help in this case can be provided by reviews of winter holiday lovers who have visited various Moscow ice rinks. To summarize, it is not difficult to conclude that, according to most Internet users, the ice arena at VDNKh is the best place for a good rest and a good time with friends and family. Therefore, do not hesitate for a long time - come to VDNH and present a real New Year's holiday to yourself and your loved ones.