Christmas in Athens, 2014

Christmas is finally coming! Athens is putting on its festive mood! ;)

Decorations and preparations in our beautiful city have already started! This year the central square of Athens, Syntagma, is going yo have a really unique piece of art, completely different to previous years. Last year, the decorations were eco-friendly and most of them were made by children and students of Athens’ primary schools, using only recycled material to decorate the trees in the Square in their own way. Continuing a spirit of creativity, this year, we are going back to the Greek traditions! This time, we decided to decorate a boat, which you can see lit up in the middle of the square.

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The Christmas boat comes from a tradition in the islands where children used to sing Christmas songs, carrying around small wooden boats illuminating their way and having enough space to store the treats they got. Another tradition is that families used to decorate boats to welcome back the seamen around Christmas time.
On December 10th, everything was everything was ready and at 6pm the Mayor of Athens (Yorgos Kaminis) officially announced the start of the Christmas Celebrations and all the festivities began! It means that every day and night, for one month, you will have the chance to enjoy lots of free shows prepared by hundreds of musicians, actors, dancers and many other artists! There will be street events, concerts, exhibitions, educational programs and a lot more, all aiming to show the multicultural character of Athens. Doesn’t it sound great???
So, come to Athens and enjoy yourselves! Merry Christmas Everybody!!!

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