Father Frost at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
Russia has produced cultural giants Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov, not to mention literary icons Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. But westerners aren’t as aware of how Father Frost and his assistant, Snegurochka (“The Snow Maiden”), symbolize Christmas in Russia, which is celebrated in January. On Sunday afternoon (January 5), bring the family to the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre to enjoy Russian food, Russian dancers, local performers, and Father Frost. The kids program starts at 1 p.m.; the general program runs from 3 to 7 p.m. “The whole idea is to introduce the traditions of Russian Christmas and Russian culture to everybody in the city,” organizer Andrew Ahachinsky says.