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Top 5 Places to Spend Christmas in Greece

We have rounded up the best Christmas destinations in Greece for those who are searching for authentic experiences, excellent local cuisine, countless activities, and direct access to historical attractions that create unforgettable memories during the festive season.


Rich historical background, unique beauty, tradition, cosmopolitan atmosphere and plenty of attractions make Xanthi an overwhelmingly enchanting city. Whether you are a history fan, a nature lover, a foodie wanting to indulge in local dishes and Eastern-type sweets, or even an entertainment addict seeking to experience the city’s vibrant nightlife, the region of Xanthi will satisfy even the most demanding of visitors. During this period, the Old Town of Xanthi’s most charming district and the most important landmark of the city, with a Belle Epoque style, is filled with Christmas trees and pretty ornaments, fun ice rinks, concerts, and creative performances.

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Positioned as a hidden gem in northern Greece, Drama provides an alternative to more touristy locations. Its authenticity, combined with the promise of a relaxing and unique stay, may make it particularly attractive to travellers seeking a more intimate and off-the-beaten-path experience. The area of Drama is filled with forests, rivers, and lakes, and during the snowy season, the Falakro Ski Centre awaits you to sleigh your way down the magnificent, wooded slopes. From late November the ultimate Christmas feel is present in the center square of the city where “Oneiroupoli” opens its doors. This is the Christmas village straight out of a child’s sweetest dreams where Santa Claus and his elves welcome daily visitors with crafts, sweets, Christmas hand-painting workshops and other festive activities.

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This is one of Greece’s most popular winter destinations in terms of beauty and history. The Christmas decor includes lots of gold and lights while the lanterns flood the center of the city, illuminating the town and creating a unique festive atmosphere. The most popular spots to visit are Pamvotida Lake and its small island, the castle, and the lakeside Amusement Park of Ioannina. For ski lovers, we recommend a visit to the Vasilitsa ski center. For those seeking some moments of relaxation during the Christmas holidays, we suggest you grab a hot drink in one of the coziest cafes around the lake while gazing at the snowy landscape. 

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Yes, you read that right – one of our favorite islands for Christmas is Syros! From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve, the Cycladic festivities take on a new dimension, creating a magical setting with scenery that looks like a fairy tale in the capital of the Cyclades. The Apollo Theater, a true cultural treasure for Syros is always buzzing during the Christmas period with performances and concerts. Additionally, the decorations, countless lanterns, and children singing traditional carols turn Ermoupoli, the capital of Syros, into a colourful Christmas celebration! 

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Christmas on the “Island of the Knights” has a special touch. Rhodes, with its medieval atmosphere and hidden treasures, is delightful during the festive season. It is worth walking around the illuminated Old Town of Rhodes, admiring the golden lights at the medieval castle a UNESCO world heritage monument, and visiting the Acropolis of Lindos, as well as the ancient cities of Kameros and Ialyssos – in absolute peace. At the same time, there’s also a vibrant nightlife with plenty of music events and festival activities that are loved by both locals and visitors. 

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