Residence of Ded Moroz in Sochi

Russian Ded Moroz from Veliky Ustyug is recognized as the official Ded Moroz of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

On February 6, on the eve of the Olympic Games start, Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, will set up his Residence at the Olympic Park in Sochi. The residence was manufactured at SKDM, one of Vologda’s plants that make fast constructed buildings. The building was moved to Sochi and assembled there within two weeks. It took two more weeks to decorate it with wood.

Sochi’s residence of Ded Moroz was built based on state-of-the-art construction technologies, using high quality ecological construction materials. Seismic risks and unfavourable geologic-geomorphologic processes associated with these risks have necessitated special consideration in the design of the residence of Ded Moroz. It allows excluding dangerous distortion moments in the vertical carrying structures.

The residence of Ded Moroz is a two-storeyed timbered house with the area of 526 square meters with a throne room, a post office, a folk arts and crafts shop, a cafe and a personal room of the main holiday season miracle-maker. Children and guests to the Games will be treated to dancing, singing, workshops in traditional crafts and fun sport activities. Throughout the Olympic and the Paralympic Games, Ded Moroz will cheer on the Russian athletes, encouraging them to set new world records. He will personally entertain guests in his southern residence and communicate with children and their parents, all other time his helpers will work there.

At the residence in Sochi, inhabitants of the city and guests to the Sochi Olympic Games 2014 will be able to get acquainted with the diverse cultures and traditions of Russian regions.

An exposition of Vologda folk crafts will be presented in Ded Moroz' workshop. This includes Vologda lace, a world famous brand, blackening on silver of Veliky Ustyug, carving on birch bark and wood painting. Everyone will be able to master the basics of the folk art of the Russian North here – weaving vines, bark carving, painting and lace-making.

Ded Moroz’ post office's branch will be launched in Sochi. City residents and guests will be able to drop letters into a special mailbox with messages to Russian athletes.

When the Olympic and the Paralympic Games are over, the residence of Ded Moroz will be moved to Vologda.