Where to find Christmas lights in Athens – Greece

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 best place to see Christmas lights in Athens.   Occasionally they’ll have live music to welcome in Christmas in Greece too.

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

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Christmas lights in Athens

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. Life Beyond Borders
Christmas Ship in 2013 – Christmas Lights in Athens

There are also Christmas trees from time to time too – as you can see below:

Christmas Tree in Syntagma Square, Athens - Greece - 2015. Life Beyond Borders
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.
Also read my Top things to eat and drink in Athens as well as my recommended small luxury hotel to stay in the city centre.
Christmas star outside Parliament building - Syntagma Square - Athens, Greece. Life Beyond Borders
Christmas star outside Parliament building – Syntagma Square – Athens

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Christmas lights in Athens Greece. Top photo © Anestiev



    • 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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