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Christmas / New Year 2018

On Jan. 6th  during the Theofania (also Epiphany or Fota) celebration takes place across Greece while the Greek Orthodox Church performs the “Great Blessing of the Waters”. The ceremony is performed once on the eve of Epiphany in the church, and then again on the actual day outdoors with priests blessing large bodies of water, sea, rivers, lakes and of the vessels that ply them .In all Greek coastal cities and villages the priests bless the waters with the Holy…
The City of Athens and its Mayor Mr. Giorgos Kaminis invite everyone to a great party on Sunday, New Year's Eve. Festive musi will lead the happy crowd to the New Year 2018. The ceremony will take place in Thiseio with a full moon under a clear sky. Some of Greece's most celebrated actors, singers and TV personalities, a variety of bands and ensembles will perform all through the evening. Having a backdrop of an everlasting iimage, the amazing  Parthenon…
For a second year “The Christmas Factory” at “Technopolis Gazi” * is promising unforgettable festive moments.Let your self to a place where dreams and fairy tales come true, for adults and children! From December 1st, 2017 to January 7th, 2018. What’s happening:Christmas events for children. Festive decoration with lights and 100 Christmas trees scattered all over the place, full of fun, surprises, entertaining games, workshops, countless gifts, Santa Claus, as well as a "Magic Christmas Tree", elves and the Wheel…
Are you interested in shopping? Here is a complete guide to Christmas opening hours of stores Enjoy Christmas lights and festive shop windows! Ermou street the major of Athens’ shopping districts is just 50 meters away from your “Athens flat” home. Even if you don’t intent to do any serious shopping it is worth to walk along, as there are a lot of events and happenings taking place especial near the old church of Kapnikarea. (500m, down to Ermou, towards…
Christmas carols (Kalanta)Happy religious songs, usually sung at Christmas. Christmas carols is a beloved, widespread custom among children all over Greece. Traditionally children are caroling on 3 different days during Christmas holidays. On December the 24th for Christmas, December the 31st for the New Year and January 5th for Epiphany. Children walk along the city’s streets beating small metallic triangles, entering in stores or knocking on people's doors, asking if they are allowed to sing the carols. Don’t be surprised…
24 & 31 December 2017 10:00-14:00 - Athens International Airport: Departures’ Level, Open Access Area As every year, on Christmas and New Year's Eve, a beautiful festive programme is prepared for travellers and visitors of the Athens airport! Christmas melodies, many joyful surprises and an aroma of Greek tradition will fill the airport terminal, in the framework of “Fly me to the Moon” Christmas programme! Christmas goblins Τhe beloved Christmas goblins of the Greek tradition arrive at the departures’ level…
The City of Athens Big Band is the municipality's broad jazz music ensemble comprising the four instrument families, namely saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythmic drums, often backed by string and other symphonic instruments. If you are in Athens don't miss their performances. It is a big party!!!! Christmas concertSunday 24 December 2017, at 18.00 pm at Syntagma square New Years Eve concertFriday 29 December 2017, at 18.00 pm at the square in front of Keramikos Metro station. Free admission The…
Until 31/12, the Athens Food Market takes place at Kotzia Square,, filling the square with delicacies and cocktails, live music and DJ sets in the spirit of the Christmas spirit.This is the third in a row, with the participation of well-known chefs and restaurants, presenting its own approach to so-called "street food". In a very beautiful setting, with well-tended canteens and historic buildings in the background, you can taste gourmet creations such as French and Mediterranean flavors of Giorgos Ilios…
Music event 29 & 30/12/2017 12:00 to 20:00 at Syntagma square The most innovative jukebox will be in Syntagma square for a good reason! The City of Athens and the Embassy of the Netherlands invite us to meet 2017 Glass House Project "We play your wish"!It is a Dutch concept that takes place every year in a different city during the Christmas season.The setup is a glass house where well-known DJ's and radio producers play music pro bono and stir…

Kalanda (Carols)