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Celebrate Christmas 2011 & New Years 2012 in Athens!

It’s “do it yourself” time in Athens and the City has joined forces with all sorts of local organizations and artists to make this a festive, hopeful holiday season filled with celebration and solidarity for residents and visitors alike.

This year there will be 10 different festivals in 3 different areas of downtown Athens.

This Christmas is different for our city. The municipality of Athens, and its workforce, is making all necessary efforts to adjust to the new everyday life difficult circumstances. In contrast with what was going on in the past, Christmas holidays is now the city’s affair.

Like every year, the holiday season will offer plenty of activities — all for free — with a very special focus on children’s activities, but with plenty for adults of all ages to enjoy as well.  And along with the musical, dance and theatrical events, Syntagma Square will still be host to the official start of the festivities when Mayor Kaminis presides of a special alternative Christmas tree lighting on Friday, December 9, 2011.

This year’s 30 days and 30 nights Christmas and holiday festival will include 9 special events:

December 16 – 18, 2011 – Music of the World  -Klauthmonos Square

December 17 – 31 2011 – Magic Children’s Square”-Syntagma Square

December 20- 21 2011 – Technopolis and Institut Francais d’Athenes)

December 22- 242011 – Jazzy Christmas – Klauthmonos Square

December 23, 2011 – Chorus Festival – Kotzia Square

December 27- 29, 2011 –Juggling Festival in The Toy’s neighborhood –  Syntagma Square and the Rouf Closed Gym)

December 27- 29, 2011 – New Music Stage – Klauthmonos Square

December 28 – 31, 2011 – Classic Orchestra Festival – Kotzia Square

Welcome in 2012 with a big, free celebration in Kotzia Square with a concert, and perhaps some yet to be announced surprises!

January 3 – 5 – the “Expression” festival will commence, with the participation of young artists (January 3-5 at the Muncipality of Athens Anna and Maria Calouta Cultural Center, in the area of Neos Kosmos)

For the planning of all these events, the Municipality of Athens, the cultural heart of Athens, the “Technopolis” Organization is collaborating with all the Municipality’s Organizations: the City of Athens Cultural Organisation, the City of Athens Youth & Sport Organisation, the Athens Municipal Creche, the City of Athens Homeless Center (KYADA), the Athens Tourism & Economic Development Company, the City of Athens It Company (DAEM SA), the City of Athens Music Ensembles, the Athens Municipal Police, the City of Athens Social Welfare Department and the Athina Municipal Radio 9.84fm Stereo.

By Athensguide

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