Four things that will surprise you in Christmas Athens!

Athens may not be the top-of-the-mind choice for a Christmas holiday for most people, but those people are missing out on a vibrant city that celebrates Christmas and New Year with a bright, happy, glamorous atmosphere that is hard to beat. Read on to discover four things that will surprise you in Christmas Athens:

As soon as December comes, the city puts on its most festive best: sparkling decorations, Christmas and cool jazz tunes, live bands, elegant cocktails… People dress up to go out, and all you have to do is walk around to feel like you are in the biggest party ever!

Athens has had an established culinary scene for a while now, but especially during Christmas, restaurants compete to offer imaginative, lavish culinary experiences that will be remembered. This, however, doesn’t upstage the traditional greek culinary traditions, that you won’t want to miss!

From municipal bands marching the city center spreading merry tunes, to high end ballet performances, the end of December is the apex of the city’s cultural calendar. Plus, tons of kids’ shows and live music performances give locals and guests a hard time choosing what to do every minute of every holiday hour!

From high end designer boutiques, to artisanal shops, to high street brands, Athens is a shopper’s paradise. Wander around the streets of the historical center to discover one-of-a-kind items, or visit Kolonaki to indulge in designer shopping – and, if you are looking for a unique souvenir, head for the museum shops (most of which launch special holiday lines).