Russian Winter Festival

Saturday 13 December 2014 10:00am - 5:00pmTickets available
Sunday 14 December 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pmTickets not yet available
$18, $15 seniors, $10 members, $10 college students, $5 Children 6-18, free for children under 6

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Festival activities end at 5 pm, but Hillwood's estate remains open until 7 pm for self-guided touring on Saturday, December 13.

Sunday, December 14 is a popular day for Russian Winter Festival and though all are welcome, we are not able to offer advanced reservations or to guarantee onsite parking throughout the day.

We welcome reservations for the Festival on Saturday, December 13. Reservations may be made online or over the phone by calling 202.686.5807.

Parking outside of Hillwood’s gates on Linnean Avenue is prohibited. Please help us be a good neighbor by using public transportation, carpooling, or by taxi or private car service. Hillwood is a one-mile walk from the VanNess/UDC Red Line Metro stop.

Celebrate Sviatki, the festive winter season, in traditional Russian style!

  • Meet Grandfather Frost, Russia’s Santa Claus, and his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden in a fun family play, based on traditional Russian stories, produced by Adventure Theatre.
  • Create and wear your own kokoshnik (lady’s headdress) or Russian gentleman’s winter hat to dress in the style of boyars (old Russian nobles).
  • Enjoy the playful antics of mummers parading in animal costumes and discover what the New Year has in store from fortunetellers strolling the estate, presented by Happenstance Theater.
  • Enjoy lively music performed by Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble and other festive entertainment.
  • Listen to enchanting winter tales from Russia, told by storyteller Arianna Ross of Story Tapestries.

Schedule of Activities

Russian Folk Music by Samovar
Visitor Center Second Floor
Saturday: 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Sunday: 1 pm, 3:30 pm

Grandfather Frost & the Snow Maiden: a play for families
Visitor Center Theater
Saturday: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
Sunday: 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm

Russian Winter Tales
Visitor Center Theater
Saturday: 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm
Sunday: 2:30 pm, 4 pm

New Year's Fortunetelling
Strolling the Estate
Saturday: 10 am-1 pm
Sunday: 3:30-5 pm

Mummers on Parade
Strolling the Estate
Saturday: 2-5 pm
Sunday: 1-2:30 pm

Make a Kokoshnik or Winter Hat:  art workshop
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: 1-5 pm


All of Hillwood's 2014 festivals are supported by a grant from the Sally Foss and James Scott Hill Foundation.  All exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the U.S. Commission on the Fine Arts through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program.  

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