Although not as big a holiday as Easter, Christmas in Greece is widely celebrated, with Greeks greeting each other with hearty ‘Kala Christougenna’ (Merry Christmas.) Cities and towns across the country gear up with lights and trees and a festive feeling.
Greece’s capital city, Athens is the ideal choice to experience Christmas, where ancient spirit meets modern culture. Here, the focus tends towards culture and contemporary art. Every neighbourhood organises its own festival featuring special adornments, trees and decorations, as well as concerts and unique celebrations at Christmas. However, the biggest party happens on New Year’s Eve at downtown Syntagma Square, which usually hosts a huge live concert, fireworks and dancing until the small hours. Ask Keytours for a walking tour in the city, in order to see the main attractions in one or two days. You can also try the hop on hop off bus for an exciting tour.
Next stop: Trikala. The fairytale at the Elves’ Mill
Christmas is one of the best times to visit Trikala. The city is transformed with a special Christmas Village. The Elves’ Mill is a small paradise for children. Santa and his elves work hard all year to open up the toy factory for all the good boys and girls. A former mill, every Christmas sees an ice rink, chocolate factory, carousel and Christmas market. For any volunteer elf helpers there is the chance to visit a biscuit workshop or bakery or become a prince or princess at Playmobil magic. The Mill of the Elves is a well kept Christmas secret! We suggest you stay in Trikala town, or a village near the ski resort of Pertouli, such as Elati or Neraidochori. All of them are really picturesque and worth the visit.
Drama: The dream city
The capital of Greek Christmas, the city of Drama, in the north goes really over the top for the festive season, and it’s brilliant. The city becomes Oneiroupoli (the dream city) over Christmas and plays host to the most amazing fairytale houses, Christmas lights, stilt walkers, tasty festive treats and visits from the main man: Santa. If you can’t get enough of Christmas, this will definitely knock your socks off. If you’re lucky, it might even snow!