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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.


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., 12:45 p.m., 2:50 p.m.

Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble
12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

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


The Russian Winter Festival is supported by a grant from The Abby and David Cohen Family Foundation. All of Hillwood's 2019 festivals are supported by grants from the Sally Foss and James Scott Hill Foundation and The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.  This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 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.