On Christmas Day, St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov invited children from low-income families and with special health needs to the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
The Governor gave the children smartphones and tablets and got presents, too – one of the girls gave him a picture of the Guardian Angel she made.
They had tea together discussing winter activities during the holidays. The Governor invited the children to the Palace Square to see the main Christmas tree of the city.
Alexander Beglov, Governor St. Petersburg: ‘Together with the kids, we decided to wish all the children in St. Petersburg happy New Year. Happy New year!’
After tea, the children saw the ballet The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky staged by Nacho Duato.
Vladimir Kekhman, artistic director, Mikhailovsky Theatre, said: ‘You know that initially the theatres were to have been closed till January 11. And it is a real miracle that the Governor has amended that order, and I am very grateful to him for that. Now we can see the happy faces of children.’
During the rest of the holidays, the Mikhailovsky Theatre will show two performances a day, the ballets The Nutcracker and Cipollino.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel