Russian main Christmas tree was brought to the Moscow Kremlin from the Shchelkovo city district in the Moscow region. This year, the tree arrived more than an hour late, as traffic jams formed in Moscow in the evening.
“The Christmas tree was delivered to the Kremlin at its destination. The road was good, there were stops. We left at about two o’clock, we were accompanied by a motorcade,” the driver, dressed in a Father Frost costume, said.
This year, the selection of trees began in May and ended in November. Out of 37 proposed trees, 90-year-old spruce from Shchelkov was chosen, which managed to meet the “Kremlin standards”: its age is 90-100 years, the height is about 30 metres, it is beautiful and has a correct pyramidal shape and thick needles of saturated colour.
A live spruce tree on the Cathedral Square of the Kremlin has been installed since 1996. In 2001-2005, due to severe frosts, which prevented the tree from being cut down and transported, it was replaced with an artificial one. In 2005 and 2006, the Kremlin was decorated with fir trees brought from the homeland of Father Frost, Veliky Ustyug.
Since 2007, fir trees have been delivered from the Moscow region. This year the presentation of the decorated spruce is scheduled for December 22, 2021.