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Russian Winter Festival

Celebrate 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 Flying V 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).
  • Join in the playful antics of strolling characters, presented by Happenstance Theater.
  • Enjoy lively music performed by Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble and festive dances performed by Kalinka Dance Ensemble.

All of Hillwood's 2019 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 of Fine Arts through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program.  

  • Grandfather Frost at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival
    Grandfather Frost at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival
  • Snow Maiden puppet in Hillwood's gardens
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Randy Sager, Snow Maiden puppet in Hillwood's gardens
  • Kalinka Dance Ensemble performing at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival
    Kalinka Dance Ensemble at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival
  • Kalinka Dance Ensemble performing at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Randy Sager, Kalinka Dance Ensemble at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival
  • Child wearing kokoshnik made at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival art project
  • Singer from Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble performing at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival
    Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble at Hillwood's Russian Winter Festival