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Even during the war, you can celebrate the New Year in Ukraine

The war that began and is still ongoing in Ukraine has impacted the way of life for ordinary Ukrainian citizens, the way they live and work. For those living in Ukraine the upcoming winter New Year’s holidays are not likely to be celebrated in the same way as others are able to do around the world. Everyone is hoping for a miracle and a turn-around in the current situation so that people in Ukraine can return to a normal way of life.

This is the second year that Ukraine will be celebrating the New Year whilst at the same time being involved in a full-scale war. But it is still possible. It just needs more intricate and strategic planning. There are still places where families, including children, can celebrate the holiday together and we explore these below.

New Year decorations in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2020
Photo by Dmytro Pidhrushnyi on Unsplash.

Where to celebrate the New Year in Ukraine

The southern regions of Ukraine are where most people have traditionally enjoyed their summer holidays. The western regions have been the preferred place for winter holidays but now, owing to the war, we are seeing that western Ukraine is where people are going any time of year to enjoy some vacation time.

Obviously, this is due to the fact that the west of Ukraine appears to be the safest region having only experienced one missile attack since the beginning of the war. People feel that heading west is best, especially when travelling with children.

Happily, there are a number of places in western Ukraine that are attractive for families with children, or for young people to visit and enjoy that are both relaxing and offer sporting possibilities for those wishing to be more active.

Places to stay for the New Year

Hutsul Region

Tourists are welcome to visit the Hutsul region during the winter and to enjoy the New Year celebrations by joining a three-day program which includes stopping at Yaremche, Bukovel, Yavoriv, Kolomyia and Verkhovyna. The program is from December to January 1st.

Get more details about the tour from (see link below).

Enjoy the New Year in Kamianets-Podilskyi

You can join a three-day tour for the New Year, from December through January 1st, which includes relaxing and enjoying everything that the spa in Oryshkivtsi has to offer. Here, you’ll even have time to relax playing your fav online games with your Fair Go bonus codes.

The New Year celebrations will take place in the fabulous city of Kamianets-Podilskyi and will include visits to Chernivtsi, Khotyn, Oryshkivtsi and Verteba Cave.

Celebrate the Holiday in Transcarpathia at the Hotel Vynogradiv

You can join a three-day New Year’s trip in Transcarpathia where the actual celebration of the New Year is set to take place in the restaurant of the Hotel Vynogradiv. Those attending can participate in dance and music performed by local artists.

As part of the 3-day tour, participants will enjoy wine tasting tours, experience the joys and benefits of thermal pools and at the same time get to see the wonder of the snow-covered mountains of the Carpathians. Further info to be found on the same link mentioned above.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Carpathians

Beginning from Kyiv, this 5-day program, beginning 28th December – 3 January, includes spending some time at the Bukovel ski resort. A New Year’s Eve in the snowy Carpathians is something not to be missed and never to be forgotten. There is also an alternative 4-day program worth looking into. Details of both can be found on the same link as mentioned above.

There is also an alternative 4-day program worth looking into. This tour begins on the 29th December through to January 1st. Tourists who choose to join this 4-day program involving spas, visiting castles and tasting wine and cheeses.

The program includes celebrating the New Year in Berehove’s central square and enjoying the festive meal in a popular restaurant in Mukachevo. Visiting thermal pools, architectural shrines as well as enjoying wine and cheese tasting events are also on the program’s agenda. There is also a tour scheduled to some local farms where it is possible to see real buffaloes and the odd ostriches!

There are also 6 and 7 day tours scheduled to Bukovel

These tours include a program of daily skiing on the slopes of the Carpathians.

6-day New Year’s tour to Transcarpathia

6 days is truly a vacation and allows you enough time to really unwind and relax. As part of the program, you will get to visit some of the most beautiful and ancient castles in the area, sample many of the cheeses and wines of the region and rejuvenate yourself in the thermal pools. And let’s not forget a visit to some of the region’s beauty spots, its lakes and waterfalls and of course the snow topped mountains of the Carpathians.


While Ukraine may not be the first place you think about to visit right now due to the political situation, there are still many beautiful areas you can visit without feeling the war. And…you’ll be helping the Ukrainian economy.

To check out any of the above and search for more winter tours, just click here => Visit Ukraine Today.

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