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Christmas in Greece: Top Events and Theme Parks

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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a must-visit for Christmas in Athens. Credit: AMNA

As Greece celebrates the Christmas season, several events and theme parks have already opened throughout the country. In Athens, there are three major venues where people of all ages can enjoy the festive spirit. Other cities have also prepared innovative theme parks to welcome visitors from Greece and abroad.

Christmas in Athens

Hellinikon Experience Park

Christmas Greece
The Hellinikon Experience Park in the Athens Riviera. Credit: AMNA

The illumination of the Hellinikon Experience Park on December 9th at 19:00 will signal the start of the park’s Christmas holiday program.

The park opened its doors roughly one year ago and has already had over one million visitors. It is the first section of the largest coastal park at an international level, which was handed over to the public in the context of the urban restoration by Lamda Development.  It is now in full progress.

According to an announcement, the opening night will begin at the fountain with a show including music and dance. The blue and purple light will turn the park into a spectacular, magical landscape.

The Attica sky will be filled with colors in a spectacular show of ecological fireworks that will cover the sky.

These holidays at the Experience Park will be different, with many surprises and happenings every single day of the holidays, interactive activities, and food stalls set up around the Christmas tree.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

For the fifth consecutive year, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) has once again been transformed into the city’s most magical Christmas destination.

Four impressive light installations created by prominent foreign and Greek artists were presented at Stavros Niarchos Park, rolling out the magic of the SNFCC Christmas world.

This year’s light installations, originating from magical, festive places in all four corners of the world, as well as from previous editions of SNFCC’s Christmas World, are awaiting visitors.

The ice rink and illuminated trees at the Canal, lighting installations, decorated fir trees in the Agora, Dancing Fountains, and the great celebration of December 1st along with the always spectacular New Year’s Eve are just a few of the experiences that have now become a tradition for thousands of visitors, elevating the SNFCC to one of the favorite Christmas destinations.

Greek Village of Santa Claus

Τhis colorful Christmas park in the city of Athens is returning for the ninth year at the Technopolis in the Municipality of Athens. Santa Claus made an early appearance, loaded with presents.

The Christmas hero of every child, along with Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and his elves arrived on their heavily-loaded sleigh.

Every day, special events with music, choirs, theater acts, games and all kinds of activities promise to make everyone happy as they finally get out and are able to enjoy the Christmas festivities once again.

Christmas throughout Greece

Oneiroupoli at Drama

Oneiroupoli (meaning “City of Dreams”) takes place at Drama and invites residents and visitors to take a trip into a world of fairytales.

Oneiroupoli is situated at the Municipal Garden of Drama in a magical setting linked to the town’s central square. Fairy wooden houses, live concerts, a carousel, and roller coasters make Oneiroupoli the ideal Christmas destination in Drama.

Paramythohora at Chalkidiki

In Greek, Paramythohora means land of fairytales. Paramythohora is a Christmas village where guests can partake in many activities, mainly related to Christmas stories.

Until the 1st of January, in this fairytale land, children will be able to give their letter to Santa Claus, have fun at the amusement park and ice rink, and participate in numerous events.

The enchanting Elves Mill in the Greek city of Trikala. Credit: Mill of Elves/Facebook

Mill of the Elves in Trikala

The Municipality of Trikala is organizing the greatest Christmas festival in Greece. The city of Trikala in Central Greece has become known as a winter destination because of an innovative idea to turn an old mill into the largest Christmas theme park in Greece.

In the old “Matsopoulos Mill,” you will experience the fairytale Christmas atmosphere until January 6th. There are dozens of choices not only in the city but also in the wider area that could satisfy even the most demanding of excursionist. Plenty of sightseeing spots and museums exist within the city of Trikala such as Varousi, the old town, and the Medieval castle.

Asterokosmos at Thessaloniki

Asterokosmos in Thessaloniki is ready to welcome visitors for the festive season. Credit: Asterokosmoa

Asterokosmos (StarWorld), the impressive Christmas Park at TIF-HELEXPO, invites families to the center of Thessaloniki and welcomes kiddies and the young at heart with a number of festive offerings until January 6th.

You will have the chance to experience the magic of Christmas in the frozen forest, the amusement park, roller coasters, and ice rink, together will all the Christmas heroes of the fairytales.

Paramythoupoli, Giannitsa

Santa Claus is the host of a Christmas event that runs from December 15th to January 6th. Enjoy the ice skating ring, concerts, workshops, and games.

Limnopoliteia in Kastoria

The lake city of Kastoria has always been a favorite winter destination, but Christmas celebration theme parks have added an extra boost to the city during this festive time.

For decades now, Kastoria has been famous for Ragoutsaria, the traditional Christmas celebrations that are centuries old. Concerts, ice rinks, and many jolly Christmas events will fill the area with lights and children’s laughter.


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