Christmas in Athens Events
Official Christmas in Athens EventsPublic Christmas displays used to be hard to find in Athens. But now the City of Athens puts on a festive display each year - though how festive it will be in still-austere 2012 remains to be seen. The city is turning to volunteers, schoolchildren, and art students to help assure a memorably festive Athens, with more events in the local neighborhoods in addition to activities at Syntagma Square, Kotzia Square, and Klafthmonos Square, also spelled Klauthmonos.
Christmas in Athens 2012The civic schedule is tardy this year, but here is some information about various groups and organizations putting on shows and other holiday cheer: Athens Christmas and New Year's event schedule.
Christmas in Athens - ScheduleThe civic events begin on December 11th, 2012 and continue through January 5th, 2013.
For the complete free arts schedule, you may want to check the official "Christmas in Athens" event lists at the official City of Athens website. They also have an active Twitter account: @CityofAthens.
New Year's Eve usually offers several firework launch spots. In 2012, that vivid but expensive aspect of the celebration may be limited or absent; final details are pending. In 2011, the main official celebration was in front of the Mayor's Office at Kotzia Square.Want some non-Greek souvenirs from Greece? Try the Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar in Athens at Daidalou 18 in the Plaka. Each year, the Scandinavian Church sells traditional items. In 2011 it was on from November 25th-27th, so it pays to be an early bird on your Christmas shopping.
The American Community Schools in Athens also has a holiday bazaar, usually around the first weekend in December. In 2011, it was on Friday December 2nd. The school will be selling holiday baked goods, collecting unwrapped gifts for the Toys for Tots program, and there will be a visit from Santa. They're located at 129 Aghias Paraskevas Street in Chalandri. There is a Winter Stomp in 2012 on December 19th.
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