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Ah…the city of Athens. With a wonderful collection of museums and archeological sites, quaint neighborhoods, interesting street art, unique shops and mixed architecture, Athens is a city full of history, culture, art and inspiration. In the wintertime, Athens is a quite the gem.

Like last year, this winter season in Athens is mild. That means mornings filled with sunlight, streets and ports filled with people…orange trees decorated with cheery holiday lights, and shops dolled up with all sorts of ornate creations. The smell of roasted chestnuts is in the air as you pass by season street vendors.

Like every year, Syntagma square is dressed up with lights as tourists, visitors, and locals alike pace through the area. Surrounding historical buildings including the Grande Bretagne and popular hotels feature lit up Christmas trees and wreaths while the streets of Kolonaki, the Athens center, and Piraeus shine with large festive street lights in the shape of stars and holiday flowers.

This is Christmastime in Athens – awaiting the New Year. Juxtaposed against wonderful neoclassical buildings, the Christmas lights of Athens are photo-worthy and will definitely bring you cheer. Especially in the nighttime when they reflect off a wet street after a typical winter season rain. Seeing Athens in the wintertime is a magical experience you ought to live at least once. And if you’re into shopping, head to Ermou Street and nearby alleys where you will find some of the most interesting and unique shops in town. From handmade toys to chocolates, antiques, and fashion, Ermou Street and the shops in Plaka, Monastiraki, and Kolonaki have it all!

You can also find numerous free outdoor activities and celebrations for children and adults all around town during the holiday season. And while in Athens, why not plan a visit to a nearby island like Poros, go skiing on Mount Parnassos (check for snow first!) or go sightseeing at Meteora, Delphi, or the old capital Nafplio?


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