Athens Christmas Tree and shopping

Athens Christmas Tree

Athens Mayor Theodoros Behrakis is due to switch on the lights of the Christmas Tree in Syntagma Square at 6.30 p.m. today. The square will be the center of the 1.5-million euro celebration in Athens this festive season as it will be home to Santa’s Neighborhood, with fairy-tale characters, sweet stands and a 120-year-old carousel to keep children amused. There will also be a carousel in Kotzia Square, which will host the Land of Wishes that opens on Saturday at 1 p.m. The City of Athens said that details of the holiday season program can be found on to or calling 195.

Christmas shopping

Chain stores, shopping malls and department stores will open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays during the festive period, the Hellenic Retail Business Association (SELPE) said yesterday. The same shops will be open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, SELPE added.