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Kharkiv’s status as an educational center provides for a large population of students, over 150,000. The city’s life is vibrant and energetic. Concerts, music and movie festivals, sports championships, and other exciting events take place in the city throughout the year.
After the academic work is done, there are plenty of entertainment options available in Kharkiv. Students enjoy bowling, rollerblading in a park, going to movies, skating at one of many ice arenas, watching a professional soccer or hockey game, seeing a theater, opera or a ballet performance, attending a concert, or going to the circus. Even skiing is an option at the city’s “Little Switzerland” ski area in the winter.
The two largest parks are located in the center of the city next door to the main Freedom Square and the Karazin University. On a nice day, many people spend some time with friends walking in a park or having a quick meal or a cup of coffee in one of many outdoor cafés. The gondola ride at the Gorky Amusement Park opens great views of the city. In the evenings, you might see a free concert in one of the parks, listen to live music in one of the cafés/clubs; or simply enjoy the beauty of the water fountains that light up with different colors at night.