Christmas is right around the corner and the season is in full swing in Greece, too!
The City of Athens and other cities all over the country have dressed up with Christmas spirit. Holiday decorations are set up in streets and squares, musical and artistic events are scheduled and my city is turning into a a never-ending carousel of festivities.
Even though Christmas in Athens in the past was a richly decorated affair, I'm afraid the financial crisis won't allow extravagant displays/celebrations this year.
Nevertheless, the Municipality of Athens has some activities scheduled:On Tuesday, December 11 the holiday festivities will officially begin with the lighting up of Syntagma square downtown Athens that is usually accompanied by The City of Athens Philharmonic. 16 Christmas trees created by art students will be the main attraction this year combined with a huge ice skating ring that will be free for all citizens.
Other well-know squares and streets will be filled with music and dancers entertaining passer-bys and spreading the Christmas spirit.
There are also special events planned to welcome the New Year with a fantastic party featuring hundreds of fireworks and music performed by popular artists.
I will be posting more of this year's photos in upcoming posts. For now check out Athens from previous years:
There's also a post coming up with interesting Greek Christmas customs!
Photos are courtesy of Google image and glittergraphics.com