City of Athens turns festive this week

City of Athens embraces Christmas Spirit A City of Athens model shows how Syntagma Square will be transformed during the holiday season. The Christmas setup includes a 1886 vintage carousel.

Athens is turning once again into a city of joy and fun as the holiday season nears.

Featuring, among other activities, a vintage carousel, a workshop for gifts made of spices and balloons, music from around the world, storytellers and magic trains, the Greek capital is preparing for the festivities and hopes to welcome an increased number of visitors this year.

All over town > Syntagma Square, the National Gardens, Kotzia Square, along with areas in Kypseli, Pangrati, Thiseion and Ambelokipi, will fill up with Christmas colors and flavors.

At the heart of the city, in Syntagma Square, an antique carousel from 1886 will turn next to the impressive Christmas tree, whose star will be lit up this Thursday.

Kotzia Square will host a special workshop and post office for season’s greetings, where citizens will be able to send their wishes with a holiday stamp, while the area in the National Gardens in front of Zappeion Hall will welcome a city of toys, where children can make their own candles and decorations of spices and balloons. Also at Zappeion, a snow slide, made of real snow, will cater to visitors’ entertainment.

The budget for the entire project has been set at 1.5 million euros. Part of the funding is expected to be raised from the rental of the little wooden commercial stores which will be erected in Syntagma Square for the duration of the festivities.

Related Links > www.christmasinathens.gr (in Greek and English)

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