Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree in Athens Dedicated to the Unseen Heroes of the Greek Capital

The Municipality of Athens illuminated the Christmas tree in Syntagma Square on Monday evening which this year is dedicated to the heroes who have been on the frontlines for Athens this holiday season and every day of the year. The...

Vandals Torch Christmas Tree in Athens’ Exarchia for the Second Time in a Week

Unknown vandals burned for the second time in less than two days the Christmas tree of the central square of the notorious Exarchia district in Athens on Friday night. The new incident took place just a few hours after the...

Women of Zakynthos Create Giant Crocheted Christmas Tree (video)

A group of women on the Greek island of Zakynthos spent a great deal of their free time this past year painstakingly crocheting squares of a Christmas tree which was eventually pieced together just in time for the festive...

Vandals Torch Christmas Tree in Athens' Exarchia District (video)

Unknown assailants burned a Christmas tree in the central square of the notorious Exarchia district on Wednesday night, just a few hours after it had been placed there and decorated by the city of Athens' municipal workers. Eye witnesses said...

''Karavaki,'' The Old Greek Tradition of Decorating Boats — Not Trees — at Christmas

Christmas is linked all around the world to the ancient tradition of decorating a Christmas tree with countless ornaments and beautiful lights. However, an old traditional custom in Greece's islands and coastal regions dictates that people should decorate a...

Countdown to Christmas Kicks Off in Athens with Tree Lighting Ceremony (video)

The festive season kicked off in Athens with the lighting tree ceremony in Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament building on Tuesday. Kostas Bakoyannis, the mayor of Athens, gave the official signal for the illumination of the giant...

Fire-Ravaged Mati Lights Town Christmas Tree (video)

Local residents of the Greek seaside resort of Mati attended a ceremony to illuminate the official town Christmas tree on the evening of Dec. 9. During any other year the annual Christmas event may have taken place without much fanfare....

Why Greeks Traditionally Decorate a Boat Instead of a Christmas Tree

Naxos Beach. To Karavaki The most traditional symbol you will find in Greece during the holidays is a small boat decorated with lights, usually placed in the main square of a town and close to the more international Christmas tree. To karavaki,...

Trikala Claims Highest Christmas Tree in Greece

The town of Trikala, in Thessaly, central Greece, has laid claim to the tallest natural Christmas tree this year in Greece. The fir tree grew in the Pindos mountains and was transported from there to the north of the town....

Christmas Tree Lights Up in Athens

The Christmas season officially kicked off in Athens on Tuesday after city mayor Giorgos Kaminis lit up the Christmas tree in Syntagma square, shortly after 7pm. "Christmas and New Years are days of joy and hope. It is an opportunity...