Christmas to some marks the most beautiful time of the year and who could blame them? Christmas gifts, ornaments, colorful lights and a festive aura that embraces you, lifting your spirit and bringing you closer to family and friends. And if you decide to spend Christmas in Athens, all the way to New Year, the entire experience is purely spectacular. The Greek capital is transformed into a dream-like destination, waiting to welcome you all to its special vibe. Modern and traditional, easily accessible and without the crowds of high-season, this might just be the absolutely ideal time to visit Athens.
Since the temperature is mostly chilly and not freezing, this means that you will be able to enjoy Christmas in Athens to the fullest. Snowfall is scarce, though. So if you are looking for White Christmas, then this is not the ideal place to be. If, on the other hand, you are searching for a magical place filled with Christmas markets and picturesque cafes, great festivities and customs that have survived through the centuries, then you should put Athens in your “must-visit” list!
First and foremost, Athens has got some of the loveliest places for quiet strolls and amazing laid-back moments of relaxation. Ermou pedestrian street is an exceptional option for your Christmas shopping spree. In fact, the illuminated Christmas tree in the middle of Syntagma Square marks the perfect starting point for endless hours of shopping, relaxing over a warm cup of coffee or chocolate and then continuing on windo-shopping. And there are many events outdoors, with performers and singers, artists playing their musical instruments or even interacting with the passers-by. Around the tree, many workshops take place along with toys and festivities for both children and adults. It is a transcendental experience, traveling you to the North Pole.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and Technopolis with the iconic Christmas Factory are two of the best places to be during Christmas in Athens. Enjoy theatrical performances, shop exclusive treats with chocolate and candy, immerse into the holiday spirit. And of course, do not forget to taste kourabiedes and melomakarona. These are the two most popular desserts on this magical time of the year for the Greeks. And on New Year’s Eve, when the clock sounds midnight, it is time for Vasilopita. The special festive cake with the coin inside, shared among family and friends till the lucky one discovers the coin and brings luck in life for a whole year!