Santa Claus is coming to… Athens!
Xmas in Athens!
Christmas is almost here and Athens is preparing to light up for the most wonderful time of the year, despite the difficult circumstances that Greeks have been facing as of late in their everyday life.
This year's festive season kicks off today at Syntagma Square with Mayor of Athens George Kaminis inaugurating an alternative tree lightening ceremony.
Children and elementary school students will decorate in a spontaneous and creative way the trees around Syntagma Square with ornaments made exclusively from recycled material, while a team of young artists will place an artwork resembling a Christmas tree - made again from recycled material -, in the centre of the square. The festive programme also includes nine mini-festivals to be held at three central squares of the city - Syntagma, Klafthmonos and Kotzia-, 17 neighborhoods and 11 cultural centres during December and early January.
To mention but a few, the "Music of the World" festival to take place from December 16 to 18 at Klafthmonos Square, the "Tiny Days" on December 20- 21 at Technopolis and the French Institute of Athens, and the juggling festival "The Toy's neighborhood" on December 27-29 at Syntagma Square, while upon the arrival of the New Year, the "Expression" festival for young artists will take place from January 3 to 5, 2012.
To learn more about the programme, visit the City of Athens official website for Christmas: christmasathens.gr which will be available soon.
Windows of Art – Athens Streetscene
To reverse the empty shop window effect which creates a grim and sad sight in certain parts of the city centre and reduce the impact of vacant shops on the Athenian streetscene, the City of Athens has teamed up with the Athens School of Fine Arts and launches the Windows of Art Project.
Young students and graduate artists will have the chance to expose their works in the empty shops’ windows, adding vibrancy to the town centre. The artistic move Shop Window Art begins on December 17, and will last until January 7.
The Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry will present awards to the best three artworks, while the Hellenic Property Federation will give a medal prize to the best transformed area.
Children’s Xmas Activities at Herakleidon
While the City of Athens is preparing for this year’s celebrations, the Herakleidon Museum is welcoming elementary school children to its special holiday workshops. Starting on December 11 and through December 18, the workshops feature mosaic design, Christmas storytelling and ornament creation and promise fun and learning for children aged 7 to 12.
The Meet Market - XMAS Edition
The Meet Market celebrates Christmas with a two day market party to be held this weekend at Technopolis. The Meet Market Team invites Athenians to come and find gifts for themselves and their beloved ones, in an event full of clothes, accessories, art, jewelry, furniture, photography, home deco, vintage and retro collectables, food, books, Christmas decorations and a whole lot more ... or just join the party for a drink, a walk, a dance, a flirt, or just for a …meet.
(Friday, December 9, 2011)
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