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Russian Winter Festival

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 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 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 festival dances performed by Kalinka Dance Ensemble.
Schedule of Activities

Grandfather Frost & the Snow Maiden: A Play for Families
10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Kalinka Dance Ensemble
11:10 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:55 p.m.

Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble
12 p.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:10 p.m.

New Year's Fortunetelling
Strolling the Estate, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mummers on Parade
Strolling the Estate, 2-5 p.m.

Make a Kokoshnik or Winter Hat:  Art Workshop
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

All of Hillwood's 2017 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.