Christmas Events and Getaways
Christmas holidays’ countdown has begun and whole Greece has already put forth its festive character; thousands of lights and ornaments, festive melodies, exquisite aromas and mind-blowing delicacies awaken the child hidden within us all!
During Christmas, Athens is flooded with lights, music and colors! Capital’s historic center, its surrounding neighborhoods, its cultural centers and museums, and the National Garden are transformed into fabulous parties! The heart of Christmas beats in Syntagma square; the Christmas tree, the music scene, and also the adorned trees all around form a highly festive environment! Christmas story comes alive in the renewed Christmas Factory at Technopolis-Gazi and Santa Claus Kingdom at MEC Paiania. Endless hours of gameplay await you in the ice rinks of Athens Heart, Village Shopping & More, and Escape Center malls, as well as in the brand new ice rink in Athens Concert Hall atrium! The heart of Christmas events dedicated to children beats at the National Garden and Kotzia square; musical and theatrical performances, creative workshops, clowns, jugglers and playful elves promise to welcome the little ones, as well as the not-so-little ones, to the magical world of Christmas! If you are a theater enthusiast you will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of festive performances, such as "Nutcracker" at Badminton Theater. At this Christmas party all capital major shopping centers are also feverishly involved.
Equally fascinating is the atmosphere in Thessaloniki! At the heart of the celebrations there is Aristotelous Square. The Christmas tree, the Christmas crib, the carousel and the ice rink create a setting which seems to have sprung from a children's fairy tale! Santa Claus’ House completes this dreamlike scenery, which transforms Aristotelous square into a spectacular Christmas village! Reference point in second largest city of Greece Christmas celebrations, is Asterokosmos, located in the area of Thessaloniki International Fair (ΔΕΘ). Creative workshops, children's shows, skating rinks, and delicious Christmas treats literally fascinate and offer unique moments of relaxation! Interesting Christmas events are also hosted at Thessaloniki Concert Hall.
If, however, you like to seize Christmas holidays time, and organize trips, you can choose between a variety of fabulous places! Cosmopolitan Arachova is featured high on the list of the top winter destinations. Its close proximity to Athens and the famous ski resort of Parnassos justify why so much people prefer this picturesque village during Christmas. Also, a breath away from Athens there is Trikala Corinthias (Trikala of Corinth). The snow-covered fir trees, the smoking houses’ chimneys, the characteristic smell of the burnt sugar and cinnamon, and the ski resort of Ziria promise holidays you will never forget! In Achaia Prefecture, Kalavryta village is another favorite Christmas destination, ideal for skiers, and also for nature lovers. The snowy fir forest of Helmós and the whitewashed roofs, combined with the pervasive smell of the smoldering wood in the houses’ fireplaces guarantee an experience of authentic, rustic vacations! A must, while being in Kalavryta, is a taking a trip with Ododontós train! Alternative options are the beautiful villages of Arcadia, among which Vytina, Stemnitsa, Dimitsana and Lagadia stand out.
The Christmas story comes to life in Northern Greece as well! Palaios Agios Athanasios, nestling in the arms of majestic forests, promises unique moments of relaxation and contact with nature. Ski lovers can visit Vóras-Kaimaktsalan ski center. If you are looking for something different for this year's vacation, you can visit Kastoria and participate in Ragoutsaria from 6 to 8 January; wear your scariest mask and bully evil spirits! Elatochori in Pieria has evolved into a popular winter resort. The breathtaking views, the endless forests and the ski resort guarantee exciting holidays! The breathtaking villages of Zagorohoria, sprinkled with snow and dipped in paradisiacal landscapes are among the top destinations for Christmas holidays! A folk scene awaits you in Metsovo. The alpine landscape, the dark gray clouds which get mixed with the smoke from the fireplaces, the snowy trees, the stone houses and the cobbled streets compose an image of indescribable beauty! Less known but equally beautiful is the alternative wider area of Tzoumerka. Ravines, gorges, lakes, rivers and rugged mountains make up a paradise on earth! Suitable for nature lovers are Elati and Pertouli villages which unfold in a heavenly landscape! For slaloms in the snow, you can visit Pertouli ski center. Alternatively, for nature lovers, an ideal destination is Plastiras Lake. The icy waters and the majestic mountains with fir slopes compose an image which seems to have sprung from a painting! Indeed, there you have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets of mountainous Greece! The endless white landscape and the pervasive smell of the roasted chestnuts await you in magical Pelion! After all, the ski resort in Hània offers the choice of adventurous fun. An ideal choice for those in love is the idyllic Karpenisi. The wooden chalets capped in snow mountain peaks compose a scene reminiscent of the Swiss Alps! If you are an adrenaline lover, visit the ski resort in Velouhi.
All is left for you is to Indulge in the magic Christmas time has to offer and spend your own fairy tale in one of the many dreamlike destinations of Greece!