Visiting Father Frost in the countryside
Over 60,000 people visited the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park during the New Year holidays
By Andrey Fiodorov
One of the major events, attracting numerous tourists, was the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Father Frost’s Residence. New fairy-tale characters appeared during the festive days. The tourists also enjoyed the new Christmas tree decorative lights, and attended the opening ceremonies of Mother Winter’s Workshop and Baba Kargota’s House. Additionally, the guests of the National Park were offered excursions to the Museum of Nature and acquaintance with the animal world of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is one of the oldest forest reserves in the world, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. In the following year, the National Park was granted the status of a UNESCO biosphere reserve. In 1997, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha was awarded the Council of Europe diploma for outstanding achievements in the conservation of wildlife.
The residence of Father Frost is the most visited tourist attraction in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. It receives around 70 percent of the total tourists coming to the National Park. The Residence welcomed its first guests in December 2003, and since then, has received over 1 million tourists from 120 countries.