The project of the Tourist Art Complex 'The Estate of Saint Nicholas' was designed and created in 2004 by the team of Hutsulshchyna National Nature park.
The main part of the complex consists of the estate of Saint Nicholas, an information centre, an art centre, the museum of ethnography, an animal farm and a children's railway with fairytale stations.
The first house of the complex was opened for visitors 19 December, 2006. It was an authentic wooden building made in Hutsul style. Inside, there was a living room and a working room of St. Nicholas, where he with his devoted assistants works hard through the whole year, and only on the 19th of December harnesses his horses and leaves the estate to give away the presents to all of the children. If he sees any children on his way, he always stops to ask about their good deeds during the year, and only then gives presents. At the same time, he usually shames all the miserable behaviours.
In the estate children can also attend a workshop on toy making and visit a museum room of Christmas and New Year decorations, where they can enjoy watching plenty of colourful Christmas ornaments and balls.
There's also a museum room of the local nature, where young visitors can learn about Carpathian animals and plants. Next to it there is located a lounge room to have a seat on comfortable carved benches, look through the window and relax watching magnificent views outside.
Participating in a workshop, all the visitors will have the opportunity to make with their own hands a Christmas toy, using pre-prepared materials and together with that, they will be able to learn a variety of local crafts, such as carving, inlay, making painted eggs or carpets, embroidery, pottery, metal works, cooper's craft and others.
In Pistyn there's a private post office of Saint Nicholas, from where he gets letters sent by the cildren arond the whole country (more than 10 thousand letters so far). Each one gets the reply, with the help of the Saint's assistants.
The main part in the whole story is currently being played by Vitaliy Khodan, the leading specialist in recreational and environmental education in Hutsulshchyna National Park, with the everyday help of a number of other employees.
The team designed original costumes, they also conduct an annual charity event 'The Presents from Saint Nicholas' and theatrical performances 'Who Loves Saint Nicholas', together with lots of others. That's why the children can not only write a letter, but come there throughout the whole year and see Saint Nicholas in person. While meeting the Saint, each child has their chance to talk to him and tell him about their lives, friends and all the good deeds. And there is also a place for each and every child to make by themselves a small toy or souvenir to take home. If not, little visitors can leave them as a present for decorating the house exchanging that handmade for good memories and happy mood. Nearby the house, there's a playground built by the team of the Park.
Around the estate, the guards, the most devoted fairytale characters carved by local craftsmen, are doing their service. You can also find there a fireplace surrounded by the thrones of twelve virtues. So, you cannot find in the whole country more facsinating and spectacular place for spendimg Saint Nicholas' holidays.