Greece: Best things to do for a magical Christmas holiday time!
Is Greece a place worth visiting only during the summer? Its golden island beaches, perfect climate, and immense natural beauty may suggest so. However, this is not exactly the case. The truth is, Greece belongs in a special category of countries. Untouched by severe weather conditions, rich in sights and life, and always welcoming to…
Is Greece a place worth visiting only during the summer? Its golden island beaches, perfect climate, and immense natural beauty may suggest so. However, this is not exactly the case.
The truth is, Greece belongs in a special category of countries. Untouched by severe weather conditions, rich in sights and life, and always welcoming to everybody, Greece is an ideal place to visit and fully experience all year round. Maybe it’s the ancient Gods of Olympus that protect it or just the physical location of the country that makes it so unique. Whatever the case, Greece consists of an extraordinary destination for every season, including the Christmas holidays.
Here at Opa Tours, we have created a guide of the best things to do in Greece for a marvelous holiday time. Let’s dig in!
Athens – discovering the city of wonders
A relaxed walk in the colorful city of Athens is always rejuvenating and full of pleasant surprises. During the holiday period, its center is flooded by holiday songs, ornaments, lights, Christmas trees, and everything you could ever wish for a wonderful experience. If you get hungry during your exploration, delicious street foods, traditional “tavernas”, and a plethora of tasty options will be just a step away. In the night, you can kick-start your evening by watching the sunset from Lycabettus hill, explore the city by walking through its alleys, and end up to one of its numerous bars to enjoy a drink.
Places you shouldn’t miss: Monastiraki, Plaka, Syntagma Square, Ermou Street, Lycabettus hill.
Christmas events in Athens
Besides the aforementioned activities you can do in Athens, there are plenty of Christmas themed events that will captivate you! Let’s see some suggestions.
The Christmas Factory
The Christmas factory is certainly among the most festive places to visit during Christmas in Athens. The event consists of theatrical performances, themed workshops, games, treats, rides, and even Santa himself! The event is open to the public from November 30, at Gazi.
Santa Claus Kingdom
The specific event can guarantee an awesome time for both adults and kids. It includes Christmas delicacies, art workshop exhibitions and shopping areas for parents or adults, and countless games or shows for kids. Finally, don’t forget to visit the ice kingdom for a thrilling ride at four thematic zones.
Finally, regardless of what is on your list for your Christmas holidays in Greece, a visit to the historical landmarks and museums of Athens for a unique trip through history is always relevant.
Events outside of Athens
During the holiday period, Christmas is celebrated warmly all around the country. If visiting rural Greece is your cup of tea, here are our suggestions on some of the most remarkable events you can attend.
The Magical Mill of the Elves – Trikala
The “magic” part of its name is the word that accurately describes this incredible place! It opens its doors to the public at the beginning of December and promises a remarkable Christmas experience. Fun parks, the ice rink, the holiday market, and other attractions will guarantee a great time for people of all ages.
Well, Thessaloniki is not exactly an event – but a city full of Christmas spirit! The holiday atmosphere you will experience around the city, in areas like the Aristotelous Square and Tsimiski street, is second to none. Christmas bazaars, amusement parks, the village of Santa, and countless places to eat and drink are only just a fraction of what Thessaloniki offers during Christmas. When you return to your hotel late at night and full of Christmas spirit, don’t forget to make a stop by a telescope and take a view of the sky. Some say they have even seen Santa riding his Sleigh during the Christmas period!
As you can see, Greece is not a summer-only destination. It can offer an exciting Christmas experience, as well. You just need to visit it. We will take care of all the rest!