This year the Christmas tree is installed on the territory of the EXPO complex. Next to it, the largest ice town in the capital is built, where there is entertainment for both children and adults.
The ceremony of lighting was conducted by Mayor of the capital Asset Issekeshev.
The New Year tree is decorated with 200 thousand glowing garland bulbs and 6000 balls, as well as a lot of flashing strobe, colorful tinsel and snowflakes. The height of the tree is 25 meters.
Simultaneously with the lighting of the Christmas tree at EXPO, the largest ice town in the city was opened. For adults, there are two large slides five meters high and 40 meters long, and for children two slides have been built but slightly smaller - 2.5 meters high and 14 meters long.
The theme of the ice city this year is "EXPO-2017: Future Energy", so there are ice copies of the Crystal Palace, built for the first exhibition of the EXPO in 1851 in London's Hyde Park, and the Eiffel Tower is the entrance arch of the 1889 exhibition.
A special interest in children will be caused by a copy of the famous Disney Land Palace, six meters high. Bright colors dilute the composition of figures of minions, heroes of popular comics, lightning Makuin, three-meter ice statues of Santa Claus and Snow Maiden. All of them are made of colored ice.
Also there is an 80-meter labyrinth with a height of about one and a half meters. Throughout the perimeter of the town there are small architectural forms in a futuristic style.
After the lighting of the Christmas tree, a concert was held with the participation of Kazakhstan artists and a festive fireworks display.