Last Updated on January 15, 2021 by Nina Ahmedow
Judging by the weather, winter is not coming to Athens anytime soon.
And to be honest, that’s one of the things that make it so appealing.
Among the reasons that I moved here from Germany was that I’m not a fan of the cold. Nonetheless, there’s something about the period before and after my birthday (December 28th) that I love.
Although Athens isn’t a typical winter destination and Christmas isn’t huge here, there are a few Christmas lights here and there.
Christmas in the Center of Athens
While there are different places with Christmas lights in Athens, Greece, you can see the prettiest decorations in Syntagma Square. Syntagma Square, the Constitution Square, is the central square of Athens in front of the Greek Parliament. As it’s close to the enchanting neighborhood of Plaka, you should definitely include it in your sightseeing tour of Athens, even if you’re only here for a layover.
Now, the thing is that in Greece Christmas isn’t as big a deal as in Western Europe or the Americas. But the café Little Kook is all about decorations, and in December that means Christmas decorations. However, be aware that the place is so popular that you have to wait in line to get a table.
Although I don’t celebrate Christmas, I sometimes miss the cozy seasonal atmosphere that I remember from Germany. And how Christmassy are these stars on the pedestrian street Dionysiou Areopagitou?
So if you’re visiting Athens in December or the beginning of January you can definitely find Christmas lights.
Where Else to Find Christmas Lights in Athens, Greece
The center of Athens is probably where you will spend most of your sightseeing time. But you can also find lovely decorations at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in the suburb Kallithea.
Do you like Christmas lights and the atmosphere during this season? Where have you seen the most beautiful Christmas lights?
JenishaDecember 24, 2019 at 1:25 pm
It’s a minimal decorations, but It’s worth visiting. Thanks for sharing. Happy holiday!!!
Nina | Lemons and LuggageDecember 24, 2019 at 3:32 pm
Yes, Greeks are not really big on Christmas so it’s better not to expect too much.
KrystiannaDecember 27, 2019 at 9:35 pm
This looks amazing! I’d love to go to Europe during Christmas time. I also love your photos! 🙂
Nina | Lemons and LuggageDecember 28, 2019 at 1:01 pm
Thank you, Krystianna! Maybe you can plan a Christmas trip to Europe in 2020?
AlbiJanuary 3, 2020 at 12:03 pm
I didn’t even know that Greece has Christmas lights, let alone that there is a lot of them! Thanks for sharing, now I know where to find them
Nina | Lemons and LuggageJanuary 4, 2020 at 2:14 pm
Well, as you can see there isn’t a lot of them.
LydiaJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:42 pm
These lights look so extravagant and beautiful! Athens definitely goes all out
Nina | Lemons and LuggageJanuary 4, 2020 at 2:16 pm
Well, not really. There are very few Christmas lights as I explained.
Jason ReidJanuary 21, 2020 at 6:37 pm
Syntagma Square does look pretty! I don’t think I could get used to Christmas in warmer climates though.
Nina | Lemons and LuggageJanuary 22, 2020 at 3:13 pm
I don’t mind the warmer weather at all, haha! But there’s something about the coziness of Christmas in colder countries.