Christmas Lights in Athens – Greece

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Christmas Lights in Athens - Greece
Christmas Lights in Athens - Greece

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Greece isn’t so big on Christmas – Easter is their big celebration. But Greece does do Christmas lights and every year, in some form or another, in Athens –  Syntagma Square is the place you’ll see them.   Occasionally they’ll have live music to welcome in Christmas in Greece.

@sakisrouvas appears at the turning on of the #Christmas lights in #syntagmasquare Athens. What a fun night! ?

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In 2013 Greece decorated their squares throughout the country with boats, to represent the strong seafaring nation that they are .  It was particularly poignant in that year as the economy reached a crisis point – boats represent a meaning to the Greeks; hope.  The symbol was that ‘Greece sails forever’.  More can be read about the interesting message here.

Christmas Ship in 2013 - Christmas Lights in Athens
Christmas Ship in 2013 – Christmas Lights in Athens

It’s been some time since there’s been a tree in Syntagma Square at Christmas.  There are a variety of reasons for this – one being that due to general unrest, there have been problems in the centre during the first few days of December, and the decorations suffered as a result.

Christmas Tree in Syntagma Square, Athens - Greece - 2015
Christmas Tree in Syntagma Square, Athens – Greece – 2015

The years have culminated for very harsh times for the Greek people.  I know it’s a small gesture, but let’s hope the tree and beautiful way Syntagma has been lit up may at least go some way to giving some joy to the people – at least for a small period of time.

And I love the symbol of the boat and the message of hope it gives them.
If you’re visiting the city this Christmas or winter, take a look at my Insiders Guide to Athens to give you an idea of things to see and do, making the most of your time.
Christmas star outside Parliament building - Syntagma Square - Athens
Christmas star outside Parliament building – Syntagma Square – Athens

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Christmas lights in Athens Greece. Top photo © Anestiev

**This post was originally published in NOV15. It has been completely updated and re-posted in DEC17**

3 COMMENTS

    • Hi Jo,

      Yes! We’re excited to have such lovely decorations this year. It’s very atmospheric.
      I’d love to make it to WA one day. The Margaret River looks amazing.

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