Athens gets festive!

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Athens gets into the Christmas spirit with various events, including tree lighting, special outdoor decorations, street bands and performances of seasonal carols and popular songs. As always, children are in the spotlight.

All events take place under the auspices of the City of Athens. Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, inaugurated this year’s events with the motto “Athens celebrates with games, and the fun begins”.

On the last two Sundays of the year, during which all stores will remain open, Athenians and visitors will have the chance to enjoy various cultural events in Syntagma Square.

Moreover, during the holidays children will find their own paradise on Syntagma Square, where they can play, learn, and enjoy theatrical shows, storytelling, art workshops, games, arts and crafts from all over the world.

On New Year’s eve, various musical events will take place, starting at 2pm. Numerous bands will be performing in downtown Athens, with the shows culminating in Thiseio and the pedestrian zone of Apostle Pavlos.

The Symphonic Orchestra and the Choir of the Municipality of Athens will be performing in the streets of Athens (Dionysiou Aeropagitou, Syntagma Square, Ermou Street, Central Stage in Thiseio), under the direction of Mimis Plessas, and featuring Vasilis Lekkas and Eleni Peta. Many more musical performances will also take place in the Square of Varvakeios Market, the Merkouri Square in Petralona, the Municipal Market in Kypseli, Kolonaki Square, and the Metro stations of Neos Kosmos and Keramikos.

These concerts will all culminate on New Year’s eve, with fireworks illuminating the Athenian sky and performances by popular Greek singers.

The festivities will end on January 5th, 2014.

For more information, please visit the website of the city of Athens at www.cityofathens.gr.

Piraeus Celebrates in Style!

“In Piraeus, we all celebrate together!”. This is the motto of the Mayor, Vasilis Mihaloliakos, who invites residents and visitors to celebrate and enjoy this Christmas season. No one should stay alone during the holidays!

Every neighbourhood and every square of Piraeus offers unforgettable moments, from the Dilaveri Grove, to the former Papadogiorgi Camp, and especially Kanari Square, in Pasalimani, where the majority of events will take place.

Christmas celebrations will commence on December 12th in the Municipal Theater of Piraeus, where the spectacular Christmas boat will be illuminated, with the Mayor of Piraeus in attendance. This boat was used by director Giannis Smaragdis in the movie “God Loves Caviar” and symbolises the role of this port as a beacon of the European seamanship. Dimitris Papadimitriou and Fotini Darra will perform their songs to the sounds of the Piraeus Philharmonic Orchestra, the Conservatory and the Piraeus Music School.

During this event, food and clothes will be collected and distributed to fellow citizens in need.

The festivities continue in Kanari Square, where the traditional Christmas tree will be lit and Santa Claus’ village will be set up. In this magical setting, which will remain open every day from 10am to 10pm, children will have the opportunity to participate in Santa’s workshops, take pictures with him, play Christmas games, write cards, listen to fairytales from grandma and grandpa (every day between 11am and 12pm), ride the train or the carousel, and skate in the ice rink. There will also be a mini movie theater, with screenings for all children, and special events for children aged 3-6 years.

Finally, there will be daily events in Piraeus’s many squares. With children’s choirs, stilt walkers, jugglers, mimes, theatre shows, acrobatics and much more, visitors of all ages are sure to have a great time.

For more information, please visit the website of the city of Piraeus at www.pireasnet.gr.

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