Ten “Christmas villages”, full of activities and games that will delight children, await young and old in the neighborhoods of Athens.
This year, four more “Christmas villages” are added to the festive “map” of Athens. From December 23 to January 6, neighborhoods of Athens are “transformed” into impressive “Christmas villages” full of activities and games that will delight children.
The Saint and his elves who are in their positions every day to welcome young and old in the squares: Messolonghiou (Pagrati), Heldreich (Neos Kosmos), Jacqueline de Romigi (Thisio), Agia Ekaterini (Kato Petralona), Athanasios Diakos (Thymarakia ), Nathanael (St. Eleftherios), Agios Andreas (Labrini), Agios Panteleimon, Agios Dimitrios (Panormou, Ampelokipoi) and Gika (Greno-Russian).
On December 23rd in Ghika Square, at 17:30, the Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, will inaugurate the Christmas villages with a spectacular last Friday. Petros Kourtis and the band with his Lead Soldiers, will flood with holiday tunes on the bright Christmas night, which includes many happenings and will enchant the children, but also the adults who will feel like children again. “This year’s Christmas gets sparkle and rhythm from the neighborhoods of the city! Ornaments, light, sparkle, but also a very rich quality program for the whole family, which we prepared with great care in collaboration with the cultural organizations of the Municipality of Athens. This Christmas we enjoy again with our children, the neighborhoods, the center, the squares and the streets of the city. I hope they will be unforgettable for us. Happy Holidays!” said the Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis.
Crafts, treats, face-painting stilt walkers, jugglers, Christmas mascots, animators, puppets and jugglers and many more festive surprises that will spread children’s smiles. Following the map of the village, the little visitors will take the magical route with the final destination of Santa’s house, while at the same time they will participate in various artistic interactive events, which offer a unique Christmas experience.
Parallel artistic actions
Those in the Christmas villages will have the opportunity to watch two interactive puppet shows. The first is a musical show for the whole family, based on comic sketches, by the Baruti group of Francisco. The second performance, which is inspired by the Aegean islands and the Seychelles, which is known for the world’s oldest surviving song, is intended for children to learn a very important message about life.
A spectacular show, full of small, giant and countless magical soap bubbles, flying in the sky accompanied by fairy-tale music, joy, excitement and of course… magic. Fairytale Specials Christmas tales with elves, reindeer, gnomes and more will nurture children’s imaginations, which will challenge them to become familiar with rich poetic speech and linguistic symbolism and will take them on a journey to a world where anything is possible.
Christmas elf games
The Christmas elf awaits the children for endless fun through group and individual games, competitions and musical activities. Opening hours of Christmas Villages: Daily: 11:30 – 14:00 & 15:00 – 20:00 | Saturday 31.12: 11:00 – 17:00
Christmas in Athens 2022
The rich program of Christmas events of the Municipality of Athens, designed for young and old, has been curated by the Culture, Sports & Youth Organization of the Municipality of Athens (OPANDA), the Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens, the city’s AthensCultureNet, ThisisAthens, and the radio station of Municipality of Athens. Athens 9.84.
More information and the detailed program of all Christmas events can be found at Cultureisathens.gr
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