MOSCOW - The 11th congress of the Russian Green Ecological Party.
TYUMEN - The first leg of Kostya Tszyu's international professional boxing cup.
IVANOVO - Mikhail Men's inauguration ceremony as governor of the Ivanovo region.
WARSAW - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will conclude his term in office.
BEIJING - Japanese-North Korean bilateral talks on the normalization of relations (until December 25).
MOSCOW - A nationwide New Year's party in the State Kremlin Palace with 5,000 children representing all of the Russian regions.
KAMBARKA, UDMURTIA - The launch of Russia's second chemical weapons disposal facility.
MOSCOW - Father Frost (Russian Santa Claus) will arrive in Moscow after a tour of Russia and attend New Year celebrations on Tverskaya Square.
MOSCOW - A special meeting of cochairmen of the Joint Control Commission for the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict resolution on the demilitarization of the conflict zone (until December 28).
MOSCOW - The final report of the parliamentary commission investigating the Beslan tragedy.
LENINGRAD REGION (Ivangorod border checkpoint) - The first meeting between Russian Father Frost and Santa Claus on the Russian-Estonian border (since 1997 such meetings have been held on the Russian-Finnish border).
MOSCOW - A session of the State Council on the implementation of key national projects.
MOSCOW - A New Year's reception at the Kremlin.
UKRAINE/IRAQ - The completion of the withdrawal of Ukrainian peacekeepers from Iraq.
MOSCOW - New Year's performances on Red, Tverskaya and Teatralnaya Squares.
LISBON - The 28th Dakar-2006 off-road rally will start.
MOSCOW - Christmas celebration near the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and on Revolution Square.
NOVOSIBIRSK -The sixth international festival of snow sculptures with Russian, Moldovan, Belarusian, Finnish, Romanian, German, Bulgarian, Italian and French artists.
KIEV - The Kiev Court of Appeals will begin open hearings on the case of journalist Georgy Gongadze's murder.
MOSCOW - The beginning of the spring session of the State Duma (until July 16).
BERLIN - A Russian delegation's participation in major international agrarian and food exhibition Green Week (until January 22).
WASHINGTON - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Washington and meeting with President George W. Bush.
LONDON - The second Russian Winter Festival on Trafalgar Square.
HELSINKI - The first round of presidential elections in Finland (the second round may be held January 29 if necessary).
MOSCOW - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's state visit to Russia.
BEIJING - An international conference on fighting bird flu, organized by China, the European Commission and the World Bank (until January 18).
PALESTINE - Parliamentary elections.
LISBON - Presidential elections in Portugal.
MOSCOW - The Russian independence Triumph awards ceremony in the sphere of arts and culture.
OTTAWA - Parliamentary elections in Canada.