Entire Greece celebrates the Christmas season while welcoming the New Year. However, several Greek cities transform into festive markets, villages, and fairylands waiting for visitors and tourists to pass by and feel the best Christmas vacation. From north to south, every region has something to show: from traditional festivities, picturesque landscapes, to Christmas shopping and impressive decorations. But some cities are even more impressive with its Christmas spirit, read more to discover the best Christmas vacation in Greece.
Athens, the capital, hosts the biggest festive workshop every year called the Christmas Factory. Located in the heart of the city, outside of the metro station Kerameikos, it opens its doors on November and will operate till January. During its six and a half weeks of operation, there are various events, activities, and workshops inside the big area of Technopolis which is transformed into a big Christmas Factory. Visitors will have the chance to enter the various wooden kiosks and create cookies, sweets, and chocolate with the help of Santa’s assistants.
Day 1: The Christmas Factory in Athens
Day 2: The Mill of Elves in Trikala
Day 3 & 4: Dreamland in Drama
Day 5: Departure
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Athens, the capital, hosts the biggest festive workshop every year called the Christmas Factory. Located in the heart of the city, outside of the metro station Kerameikos. During its six and a half weeks of operation, there are various events, activities, and workshops inside the big area of Technopolis which is transformed into a big Christmas Factory. Visitors will have the chance to enter the various wooden kiosks and create cookies, sweets, and chocolate with the help of Santa’s assistants. Of course, Santa will be there every day to ask visitors for this year’s presents and wishes. Do not miss the chance to watch the wonderful play by Oscar Wilde, “The Selfish Giant”, that is performed twice a day. Be sure to check the program for this year’s daily concerts and happenings.
The Mill of Elves starts its magical journey on November 26, 2016, and runs until January 7, 2017. The magical Mill of the Elves will host Santa Claus and his helpers, the fairies and of course, the elves will be there to provide wonderful memories. The mill operates for 38 consecutive days and will be full of activities, concerts, workshops, and surprises for kids. Visitors will have the chance to meet Santa Claus on a magical island and mingle with the beautiful fairies and kind elves. Visit the post office for a chance to send your wishes to your loved ones and your letters to Santa asking for this year’s gifts. Enjoy free entrance and enjoy the happiest Christmas of your life!
In the beautiful city of Drama in northern Greece, locals and the visitors have the chance to visit Dreamland. Located around the city center of Drama, by the time Dreamland opens its glittering doors, the city is illuminated and full of festivities. Small houses with local delicacies are waiting to welcome you with wonderful smells of waffles, chocolate, and candies that make the air smell of sugary delights. You will also have the chance to try various savory local dishes and buy local souvenirs and Christmas gifts for your loved ones. A few meters from the park, at the nearby city center, a large ice skating rink is set up for visitors to gracefully (or not so gracefully) skate. During the day there are local bands playing their own version of Christmas carols near the skating rink.
The most magical, wonderful and joyful time of the year has arrived! Take a well-deserved break and explore wonderful Greece and its most Christmassy cities. Live the fairytale dream, visit Santa, wrap gifts, talk to elves and fairies and visit their magical land at these magical places in Greece. Be part of the various activities and workshops from northern to southern Greece and experience the tradition, the culture, and the local Christmas gastronomy. It is once a year, make it worth it!
Hope you had the best Christmas vacation with this Greece tour.