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VOLGOGRAD, November 23 (Itar-Tass) — The visitors of the Russian-German pre-Christmas fair, which is opening in Volgograd on Friday are to see a flash mob of Russian Father Frosts and German Santa Clauses. The guests will also be able to take part in the contest of Christmas cribs and creative workshops for making New Year toys.
“For the third year in a row the city on the Volga River hosts such exhibition fair, and with every season it is becoming increasingly popular,” spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture of the Volgograd Region Svetlana Klonova said. According to her, the event’s festive opening ceremony on Friday evening will be attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to Russia Ulrich Brandenburg.
During three days of the event, colourful tents, pavilions and stalls of the fair in the Volgograd City Garden will be open to all comers. Amusement rides, contests, quizzes, concerts will be available uninterruptedly to the visitors. A special pavilion for children will be opened where they can draw, sculpt, glue, make application, watch cartoons, and even write a letter to Russia’s Father Frost and German Santa Claus. Adults can leave their children in the care of volunteers and walk through the row of shopping stalls.
The organisers plan highlights for each day of the program. On Friday, it will be a flash mob of Father Frosts and Santa Clauses. On Saturday, it is planned to organise the Chocolate Show of the Best Baker of Europe prize winner Eberhard Holz. He, along with his assistants is going to create the world’s longest chocolate track. After the record is registered, the fair visitors will be able to buy a piece of the “record-breaking chocolate” in gift wrapping. On Sunday, Volgograd residents will be able to see the play “Animated Nativity” and then the awarding of the Christmas-crib contest winners will be held.
Minister of Economy, Foreign Economic Relations and Investment of the Volgograd Region Elvira Lagutina told journalists that “as of today, Germany is one of our most active economic partners.” “Last year, the trade turnover between the region and Germany accounted for more than 235 million US dollars, and in 2012 we have reached this volume already over the first nine months of the year,” Lagutina said. According to her, the volume of the German partners’ investments in the economy of the Volgograd Region are also growing - over the first half of this year more than 175 million US dollars have been invested. A total of 39 joint Russian-German enterprises operate in the region.