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Christmas in Athens, an enchanting experience!

Athens is a magical city, full of cultural treasures, rich history, architectural landmarks and an astonishing array of cafe and bars to repose and spend your carefree moments. The ever-delectable street food makes for a culinary extravaganza while the intense nightlife is the ideal playground for those that want to explore the city’s authentic character. There are also numerous shops to let yourself spoiled in a shopping spree. Add to that Christmas’ festive glitter and you ‘ll get a one-off experience during your stay in the Greek capital.
Syntagma Square is the place where the festive heart of the city beats. The Christmas tree stands tall, overlooking the lit trees that dot the square. The municipality holds free concerts and events throughout December. There is also an excellent chance to see the traditional festive decoration with small “karavakia” (boats) adorning the glowing setting.
Since you would be in Syntagma, you can’t miss out on the changing of guards that protect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Evzones are wearing an intriguing traditional costume; they retain their position all year round, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve. During their service, they are not allowed to speak or move at all!
Shopping can’t escape your bucket list during this time of the year. The bustling Ermou street provides visitors with international and local clothing brands, a broad range of mementos, elegant accessories and all sorts of garments and pieces of jewelry. The same goes for Voukourestiou Street and the Monastiraki district.
There is no way to visit Athens in December and not indulge in its festive treats. Kourabiedes (sugar cookies) and melomakarona (honey cookies) will caress your palates. Just head to a bakery or wait to find them as a dessert after a delicious meal in a taverna.
During the festive season, Athens is transformed into a destination of unique charm. A stroll around its ever-whimsical center will reveal its beauties.
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