The visitors, who were not frightened of the first frost this season, got a present from Nikolaev zoo. It was a traditional folk festival at the zoo central square, in front of so-called “Vertep” – a scene from the New Testament, depicting Jesus Christ’s birth. We met Melania and Basil, danced together with a playful Nanny-Goat, listened to tuneful folk songs. Nikolaev zoo pays great attention to patriotic education and to Ukrainian folk traditions propaganda. We conduct festivals of Shrovetide, St. Nicolas Day, contests of X-mas stars… For many years already an ethnographic country estate “Grandfather’s Hut” is functioning at the zoo.This year the show was performed by the children from amateur and folk arts circle of Ingul district, Nikolaev-city. They were a dance company “Alices” (Director – Yulia Tsukanova), a skiffle-group “Prestige” (Director – Tatiana Tabakar), a group of flutists (Director – Basil Ilechko), teachers and tutors from the Children’s Art Club. We are much grateful to the schoolchildren and their pedagogues for the splendid fest and hope for further cooperation with the creative and talented teams.