Russia: Cadets deck out Kremlin Christmas tree

Christmas festivities were in full swing at the Kremlin on Thursday, as Russia’s ‘main New Year tree’ was dressed by a team of decorators. Workers used almost a kilometre of fairy lights and some 3,500 toys to dress the tree, or 'Yolka' in Russian. In keeping with a decades-old tradition, decorators invited children to assist with the finishing touches. After hanging Christmas toys, children... Еще made wishes for the coming year. This year, cadets of the Moscow Suvorov Military School were invited to join the ceremony. The Kremlin’s New Year celebrations will start on December 26, when 5,000 children will come from all over the country for a show and to see the Yolka on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation.

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