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Winter with LittlePushkin: feel the Christmas magic

There is no other holiday loved by children as much as Christmas. You feel as if you are little again, "White Christmas" movie is on TV, dad is vacuum cleaning the thick carpets, mom is busy cooking in the kitchen, the Christmas tree is all set and you are there checking every morning in hope presents will appear early. Eating tangerines, crunchy nuts, unwrapping shiny candies hanging from the Tree, watching the new garlands winking their multicolor to you. The house is filled with rich citrus,  pine needles aromas, fresh baked vanilla puffs. Every corner is breathing out warth, sweetness, magic, it fills the entire house, flooding the hall, the area outside and taking over the city. Yes the holiday spirit is flying around, encouraging people to rush, expect, be on time, buy presents, remember each and every precious one from the List. Dreamy packages of happiness in all sizes, colors and ribbons carried to and forth, waiting lines, smiles, hugs. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Wishes heard all around, a new beginning born, hope for a better, brighter, merrier future to come.

We all dream of keeping the holiday spirit the longer the better, here are the best winter family shows you might want to attend for more the Christmas magic:

1.     The House of Dancing Water

Macau, China

The story begins on the coast of Coloane. You follow a main character, Fisherman, as he is taken by a mysterious force to a place and time of legends. He meets a young brave Stranger who survived a terrible shipwreck and together they enter a magical kingdom.The Stranger and the beautiful Princess of the Kingdom fall in love, but are cruelly separated by a Princess' evil stepmother, the Dark Queen. Without hesitation the Fisherman and the Stranger join forces to fight against the Dark Queen and rescue the Princess. The show runs for 90 minutes, and features acrobatic elements and original acts, with a stage that transforms into different sets. Over 80 gymnasts, circus artists, dancers, divers, actors, and motorcyclists are featured in the show. Decorations are designed by a Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei (Louvre's Pyramides creator). A spectacular show is worth a visit, though you might need a raincoat if having front seats.

Happening: November 2016 - January 2017

2.     Disney on ice

London, UK

A fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination when Disney On Ice presents Frozen. Be magically whisked away to wintry Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to inspiring songs including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, with special appearances by beloved Disney Princesses and characters from all-time favourites like Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King. You can warm up for the show and learn the snowman dance, during the Fit to Dancepre-show. This unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

Happening: throughout December 2016

3.    Roncalli Christmas Circus

Berlin, Germany

An atmospheric circus festival for the whole family – laughing, amazed and enchanted. circus Roncalli is a German circus founded in 1976 by Bernhard Paul and André Heller, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. It stands for best Christmas tradition in Berlin and Brandenburg.The artistic sensations under the direction of the circus director Bernhard Paul will delight young and old alike. No fear of wild animals, as the circus does not have them. Clowns in white, gymnasts in gold, most beautiful horses performing up the circus top create a fantastic show, full of humour, poetry and breathtaking acrobatic compositions.

Happening: throughout December 2016

4.     The Magic Flute Opera

New York, USA

The Met’s English-language family adaptation of Mozart’s sublime and mystical journey, a new holiday tradition in the city, returns in Julie Taymor’s fanciful production. Young stars Janai Brugger and Ben Bliss are the fairytale princess and prince, and Christopher Maltman reprises his acclaimed interpretation of the bird-catcher Papageno. Special holiday pricing and weekday matinees are available for this abridged version, conducted by Antony Walker. The performance takes only 100 minutes, which would be perfect for kids age 6 years up. Expect dancing bears and pink flamingos as a bonus. Hurry while the tickets are still available.

On stage: December 2016-January 2017

5.     The Nutcracker

St. Petersburg, Russia

If you haven't booked the tickets for the Bolshoi Theatre, but still would like to enjoy the classical ballet scene, you might consider visiting the Russian Cultural Capital - St. Petersburg, the Mikhailovsky Theatre, to see the most popular festive time fairytale, The Nutcracker. The modern Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato is giving ballet lovers a new production of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The most ‘Christmassy’ of all classical ballets, The Nutcracker has become a symbol of magical transformation and the constant renewal of life. It tells the tale of time’s passing and how a carefree childhood comes to be replaced by the bright sorrow of youth and the dreams of unattainable harmony. Renowned French stage designer Jérôme Kaplan joined to work on the choreography. The scenery and costumes are completely in keeping with classical tradition, but are full of subtle humour.

Happening: December 21, 2016 — Febuary 17, 2017