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Christmas in Athens Greece

Program of Free Musical Events

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Each year, the municipality of Athens Greece puts on a holiday display and schedule of events taking place throughout central Athens. Though financial woes still plague Greece as 2012 turns to 2013, most Athenians are hopeful that better times are ahead in the year to come - and that's reflected in the budget-conscious but fun displays and events.

The 48-page official bilingual pamphlet can be downloaded in PDF form at Breathtaking Athens - Program of Events. Some readers have reported difficulties in accessing the document, so here is the basic schedule below. In addition to the musical events there are also charity organizations presenting at booths in Syntagma Square and many children's Christmas crafts and other events. The children's events are primarily presented in Greek.

At Syntagma Square, there is a free ice skating rink which will be operating between

Christmas in Athens Greece - Schedule

Sunday December 9th
Agios Andreas Square
11:30am - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Monday December 10th
Friendship Club - Agios Pavlos
Noon - Athens Mixed Municipal Choir

Tuesday December 11th
Syntagma Square
Lighting of the Christmas Lights, inaugurated by the Mayor of Athens, Yiorgos Kaminis
7pm - City of Athens Big Band
Drakopoulos Villa Lighting of the Christmas Lights
6pm - City of Athens Philarmonic Orchestra

Wednesday December 12th
Friendship Club - Lambrini
12:30pm - Athens Mixed Municipal Choir

Friendship Club - Grava
- 1:30pm City of Athens Greek Folk Music Workshop

Thursday December 13th
Kolonaki Square - Voukourestiou Street
1pm - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra "Musical Stroll"
Friday December 14th
Varvarkios Market
Noon: City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Sotiris Petroulas Square
6pm - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday December 15th
Syntagma Square - Ermou Street - Monastiraki Square
Noon: City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra "Musical Stroll"

Agios Panteleimon
7pm - Athens Mixed Municipal Chior & Agios Panteleimon Byzantine Choir

Sunday December 16th
Kalligas Square
Noon - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Monday December 17th
Friendship Club - Koukaki
11am - Athens Mixed Municipal Choir

Tuesday December 18th
Athens Municipal Radio 9.84 FM Amphitheatre
10:30 Presentation of "Young Jason" by the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra.

Friendship Club - Kato Patissia
5:30pm Athens Mixed Municipal Choir

Thymarakion Square
6pm - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday December 19th
Athens Municipal Radio 9.84 FM Amphitheatre
"Young Jason" by the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra - see above.

Agios Ioannis (Metro Station)
Noon - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Friendship Club - Kato Petralona
6pm - City of Athens Greek Folk Music Workshop

Thursday December 20th
Klathmonos Square
7pm - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Friendship Club - Metaxourgeio
1pm Athens Mixed Municipal Choir

Kolonaki Square - Voukourestiou Street
1pm - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra "Musical Stroll"

Friendship Club - Votanikos
4:30pm - City of Athens Greek Folk Music Workshop

"Technopolis" City of Athens
6pm - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Friday December 21st
Klafthmonos Square
4pm - Voyage Jazz Group
6pm - ROUS One-man Band
10pm - Matoulia Zamani

"Pallas" Cinema (Pagrati)
6pm - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday December 22nd
Klafthmonos Square
11.30am - Traditional kalendas - Christmas Carols
1:30pm - Operatic Journey - Tenors of the Opera House
3:30pm - Opera Chaotique "The Chaotic Story of Christmas"
5:30pm - European Taxim

Monastiraki Square
12:30PM- Batuca

Sunday December 23rd
Klafthmonos Square
1:30Pm - City of Athens Big Band
3:30pm -Rahil Tselepidou and Stelios Mac
5:30pm - Manos Pyrovolakis

Monastiraki Square 12:30pm - 8tetto Vocal Ensemble

Syntagma Square - Ermou Street - Ailou Street
11:30am - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra "Musical Stroll"
Drakopoulos Villa
2pm - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Monday December 24th
Syntagma Square
5pm - The Burger Project Concert

Kotzia Square - Ermou Street - Syntagma Square
11:30am - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday December 27th
Klafthmonos Square
4pm - El Duo de Dos
6pm - YFP in Concert - Yiorgos Fakanas Group
8pm - Melios Balkana Mama and Aggeliki Toubanaki

Monastiraki Square
5pm - Penny and the Swingin' Cats

Panormou (Metro station exist)
Noon - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Friendship Club - Gyzi
1pm - City of Athens Greek Folk Music Workshop

"Technopolis" City of Athens
6pm - City of Athens Big Band

Friday December 28th
Klafthmonos Square
4pm - Encardia
6pm - Happy Dog Project
8pm - Sacha Son

Monastiraki Square
5pm - Athens Lindy Hop

Fokionos Negri
Noon - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday December 29th
Klafthmonos Square
1:30pm - Nalyssa Green
3:30pm - Marietta Fafouti and Band
5:30pm - Cabin 54

Monastiraki Square
12:30pm - SURPRISE!
2:30pm - Heptanesian Carols

Anna and Maria Kalouta Multipurpose Centre
6pm - Young Jason children's theater performance by the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra

Drakopoulos Villa
2pm - Athens Mixed Municipal Choir

Sunday December 30th
Agios Pavlos Square
11am - City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

Monday December 31st
Voukourestiou Street
1pm - Athens Mixed Municipal Choir

Apostoulou Pavlou and Herakleidon Pedestrian Street
11pm New Year's Eve Celebrations with the Musical Ensemble of theCity of Athens, MPLE, and Alkiviadis Konstantopoulos

Friday January 4th
Technopolis
6pm City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra

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