Santas march through Crimea as 800 turn out for traditional parade

Santas of all shapes and sizes march through Crimea as hundreds turn out for traditional parade

  • 800 people gathered in the coastal Crimean resort city of Yalta for the ‘Grandfathers Frost’ festive parade
  • This was the ninth year of the parade, which saw a party of fairytale characters march down the embankment 
  • Russia’s Santa – Grandfather Frost – is traditionally helped by his teenage granddaughter the Snow Maiden

People dressed up as Grandfather Frost, the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas, took part in the annual festive parade today in the Crimean city of Yalta.

Grandfather Frost is referred to as Ded Moroz, and Russian tradition has it that he is helped by his granddaughter, the ‘Snow Maiden’, who is usually depicted as a teenager. 

The Santas, joined by hundreds of others dressed as snow maidens, marched through the Black Sea resort city for the ninth time on Saturday. 

The festive party of fairytale characters walked along the city’s main street and the embankment to the beach, where they delighted audiences with a collective dance flash mob.

‘We can safely say that today Yalta is not only the resort capital, but also the capital of the Grandfathers Frost,’ Crimea News quoted the head of the Yalta administration, Alexei Chelpanov, as saying. 

‘More and more cities of Crimea are joining the Yalta Frost Parade, which is good news,’ he added. 

This year, there were about 800 participants – a record number in the parade’s history. In the morning, the bravest among them took a swim in the Black Sea. 

The head of the municipality Roman Derkach noted that the Yalta Frost parade gathers more and more people every year.

‘It has become popular both among Yalta residents and those from other parts of the Crimea,’ he said, and expressed confidence that in the future it will attract even larger crowds. 

People dressed as Grandfather Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, take part in a parade on Saturday 22 December

People dressed as Russian fairytale Christmas characters Grandfather Frost and his helper the Snow Maiden march along the embankment in Yalta 

The festive party delighted audiences by staging a collective dance flash mob near the embankment of the coastal Crimean city of Yalta

Grandfather Frost is referred to as Ded Moroz (right), and Russian tradition has it that he is helped by his granddaughter, the ‘Snow Maiden’, who is usually depicted as a teenager (left)

The annual Yalta Grandfather Frost parade was held on Saturday December 22 this year for the ninth consecutive time 

The head of the municipality Roman Derkach noted that the Yalta Frost parade gathers more and more people every year

Big and small Santa Clauses and Snow Maidens, sea creatures, snowmen and other fairy-tale characters walked along the city’s quay

This year, there were about 800 participants – a record number in the parade’s history. In the morning, the bravest among them took a swim in the Black Sea 

Despite breaking a record this year the head of the municipality Roman Derkach is optimistic that in the future it will attract even larger crowds


‘We can safely say that today Yalta is not only the resort capital, but also the capital of the Grandfathers Frost,’ said the administration head of Yalta, Alexei Chelpanov

The annual Yalta Frost Parade is a bright, festive event that gathers a huge number of people from the coastal city and other towns in Crimea. It took place for the ninth time on December 22 

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