Feel the ‘Christmas Spirit’ in Athens
Pass this Christmassy gate and start believing in miracles again!
The Christmas Factory welcomes you with its Magic Christmas Tree made from…elves, with strong and bushy branches that will grow endlessly hundreds of gifts, every day; and the Christmas Market with wooden houses which create an atmosphere that will take you directly to the Santa Claus village.
Do you like fairytales? If so, the Little KooK is the place to be! In the centre of Athens at Psirri, there is a cake shop and tea house where you will definitely rediscover your inner child! Here you can meet all those heroes of fairy tales, from Cinderella and Oliver Twist to Pinocchio, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and travel to the country of Christmas! Ask the waitresses (or rather the girls in Victorian costumes) to try any of the huge fluffy cakes with names like «Wolf, oh Wolf are you here?” or “The breath of the dragon” ; don’t miss it!
Noel is a “holiday bar” as it describes itself and a Christmas trademark! Noel is reminiscent of another era, where tales are starring with particularly impressive Christmas decorations! Mind blowing cocktails under unique chandeliers and the holiday’s mood has found its place.
Presenting the much-loved ballet, The Nutcracker is the Grigorovich Ballet Theatre of Russia at the impressive Megaron Athens Concert Hall.
Christmas shopping spree
Known as the busiest shopping street of the city is Ermou Street running from Monastiraki Square to Syntagma Square. Hosting well known high street brands as well as national gems such as
Le Chocolat, Greece's "temple of authentic chocolate" it is a good place to start if you're staying in central Athens. Monastiraki offers a lively market experience with everything from tourist wares, books, music to scarcely found antiques. The cobbled esplanade of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street offers local vendors selling handmade wares and second-hand collectibles with handy cafes nearby in which to take a rest from the shopping and take in wintery views of the Ancient Agora of Athens.
In Syntagma Square you will find small stalls filled with colourful confectionary and arts and crafts. In the National Gardens of Athens and Kotzia Square, there are Christmas themed events and workshops, many of which are perfect for young families.
At Christmas, it has to be said that it is those with a sweet tooth who will be most delighted. Head to one of Athens' many bakeries and you will find sugar dusted kourabiedes, almond cookies, an improved version of the shortbread. Right alongside the irresistible tray of kourabiedes, you will likely find melomakarona, honey-drizzled delightswhich can become addictive.
Asimakopoulos Pastry Shop or Desire Pastry Shop are not to be missed, even if you have to queue!
On New Year’s Day, follow the tradition and try a piece of the New Year’s Cake which can make you richer if you happen to find the lucky coin inside it.
Fresh Pastry Shop or Lido have made a name for their savoury cake!