On Sunday, December 7, 2008 the Flisvos Marina Christmas Wonderland will light up with holiday spirit as a Seafaring Santa Claus arrives (by boat, what else?) to illuminate the marina’s 40 foot Christmas tree and officially open the Frozen Lake, the largest ice skaing rink along Athens’ coastline.

The holiday festivities will continue all month and into January, with special events for the youngsters and the young at heart, including ornament and Christmas card workshops, magic shows and dance performances, along with musical performances and even a traditional Greek “Karagiozis” shadow puppet show! Even when official events aren’t scheduled, the marina will be alive with face painters and balloon artists, so come out for a visit, enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee and celebrate the Athenian spirit of the holidays.

By the way, while you’re visiting, stop by to say hi to St Nick (err, he’s actually St Basil to the Greeks!). Santa Claus will hang around all month in his coastline cottage to greet young and old alike, ready to hear your holiday wishes.

The complete schedule for the month is below, and individual events are included on our Athens Events Calendar elsewhere on the true-athens.com website.

FLISVOS MARINA CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND EVENT SCHEDULE
(December 7th – January 6th, 2009)

Date Time Event or Activity
Sunday, December 7th 17:00 – 19:00 (5PM – 7 PM) TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Greet Santa as he arrives by boat and the Marina’s giant Christmas treet is lit. A performance by the Chridanos Children’s Choir will lend a magical musical touch to the evenings’ celebration.
Sunday, December 14th 12:00-15:00 (noon – 3 PM) Children’s Christmas ornament workshop
15:00-15:30 (3 PM – 3:30 PM) GREEK HOCKEY ON ICE!Players from the Greek National Ice Hockey team and www.icehockey.gr will demonstrate some of their finer moves.
16:00-17:00 (4 PM – 5 PM) Story telling hour with Mrs. Claus. (In Greek)
17:00-18:00 (5 PM – 6 PM) Apollo the Magician
Saturday, December 20th 12:00-14:00 (noon – 2 PM) Christmas card workshop for kids
16:00-17:00 (4 PM – 5 PM) Story telling hour with Mrs. Claus. (In Greek)
17:00-17:30 (5 PM – 5:30 PM) THE NUTCRACKERA modern dance rendition of the Tchaikovsky Christmas ballet classic.
Sunday, December 21st 12:00-15:00 (noon – 3 PM) Christmas ornament workshop for children.
16:00 – 17:00 (4 PM – 5 PM) Story telling hour with Mrs. Claus. (In Greek)
17:00-18:00 (5 PM – 6 PM) Karagiozis and His ElvesGreek Shadow puppet theater on the coastline, what is more Greek than that?
Wednesday, December 24th 12:00-14:00 (noon – 2 PM) Christmas ornament workshop for children.
15:00-15:30 (3 PM – 3:30 PM) GREEK HOCKEY ON ICE!Players from the Greek National Ice Hockey team and www.icehockey.gr will demonstrate some of their finer moves.
16:00-17:00 (4 PM – 5 PM) Story telling hour with Mrs. Claus. (In Greek)
17:00-17:30 (5 PM – 5:30 PM) A CHRISTMAS CAROLCharles Dickens’ classic Christmas story – performed by puppets
Saturday, December 27th 12:00-13:00 (noon – 1 PM) RUDOLF THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE TRUE STORYLearn the truth behind Rudoph’s shiny nose and how he came to lead Santa and his team of reindeer
16:00-17:00 (4 PM – 5 PM) Story telling hour with Mrs. Claus. (In Greek)
17:00-18:00 (5 PM – 6 PM) MARINA MAGIC!
Interactive magic show by Apollo the Magician
Sunday, December 28th Hourly from 12:00 until 14:30 (noon to 2:30 PM) Hungry Bear Bakes ChristmasCome enjoy a Greek baking lesson with the popular TV show.
15:00-15:30 (3 PM – 3:30 PM) GREEK HOCKEY ON ICE!Players from the Greek National Ice Hockey team and www.icehockey.gr will demonstrate some of their finer moves.
16:00-17:00 (4 PM – 5 PM) Story telling hour with Mrs. Claus. (In Greek)
17:00-18:00 (5 PM – 6 PM) KARAGIOZIS GOES TO MARKETMore Greek Shadow puppetry on the coastline! A treat for young and old alike!
Tuesday, January 6th 12:00-13:00 (noon – 1 PM) The closing celebration features an entertaining juggling performance.

 How to get to the Flisvos Marina Christmas Wonderland
Bus:
From Glyfada: Α1, Β1, Β2, Ε1 (OULEN stop), Ε2, Ε22 (FLISVOS stop)
From Pireaus – Α1, Β1, 101, 217, Ε1 (OULEN stop)
Via Metro: To Sygrou-Fix Station then connect to Bus 550 (to the last stop) or Βus B2 (OULEN stop)
Via Tram: Trocadero