“This year’s theme draws its inspiration from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. We have prepared for our city, its residents and its visitors, a program full of love with angels as our guides,” Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis said.
More than 230 free of charge events - concerts, theater plays, projections and educational programs - will take place in the following 36 days at the city center as well as the neighbourhoods of Athens.
The holiday season will kick off at Syntagma square on December 11 at 19:00, when the lights on the impressive Christmas tree opposite the parliament will be turned on simultaneously with the illuminations across the city, under the sounds of the City of Athens Philarmonic Orchestra and the Children’s Choir of the Music School of Athens.
On December 21, an “electronic celebration” of the winter solstice will take place at the National Observatory of Athens, with the participation of Konstantinos Beta.
From December 22 to 30, Syntagma square will be filled with music from the many concerts in the City festive calendar; whereas Monastiraki square at the foot of the Acropolis will be transformed into a dance floor, with dance groups inviting people to join them for some swing and rock n’ roll moves.
On December 31, the City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra will open the celebrations at Thission. The evening will continue with concerts by popular Greek singers Christina Maxouri, Katerina Kouka and Themos Karamouratidis.