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Athens cultural agenda for December

Athens cultural agenda for December

With the festive season approaching, dozens of cultural events are scheduled for the capital in coming weeks, in addition to ongoing events continuing in December, all of which promises to immerse audiences into the spirit of Christmas.


Christmas Factory, Technopolis, Athens

Elves, equipped with Christmas lights and colourful decorations, delicious sweets, candies and, of course, magic antiseptics, have fully prepared Santa’s headquarters in Athens at the municipality’s Technopolis space in the Gazi district for the festive season.

Visitors may look for gifts at the city’s biggest open-air Christmas market whose range includes toys, candies, memorabilia and good luck charms. The Christmas Factory market features 15 eateries serving sweets, hot dogs, souvlaki and pizza, as well as 30 shops stocked with all kinds of festive-season proposals meeting all needs.

The Christmas Factory will also feature a magical carousel, dodgem cars, the city’s brightest Ferris wheel, most impressive Christmas tree and lots of games for all visitors. Concerts and plays are scheduled for every weekend throughout the Christmas Factory’s duration.


Technopolis, Gazi


Mon-Sun: 10:00-22:00, except for New Year’s Eve (10:00-19:00)

Admission: €6 (two for the price of one on weekdays until 23/12).


‘Treasures of Philhellenic Painting’ – Benaki Museum of Greek Culture: Significant events from the Greek Revolution and Ottoman period

The Benaki Museum and the Anthony E. Comninos Foundation present an exhibition entitled “Treasures of Philhellenic Painting”, featuring works from the foundation’s prominent collection, exhibited for the first time.

The Anthony E. Comninos Foundation’s philhellenic collection includes paintings by leading exponents of the European philhellenic artistic movement of the 19th century.

On show are paintings by Italian artists Ludovico Lipparini, Filippo Agricola, Francesco Podesti and Cesare Dell Acqua, German artists Peter H.L. von Hess, Johann G.C. Perlberg and Carl A.J. Rottmann, French artists Alexandre-Marie Colin, Antoine-Alphonse Montfort and Pierre Bonirote, British artists Denis Dighton, Charles Eastlake, Edward Lear, Hugh W. Williams and George P. Reinagle, as well as Greek artists who transformed European philhellenic standards.

Benaki Museum of Greek Culture

To January 9, 2022

1 Koubari & Vas. Sofias, Athens

Admission: €6-8


‘Theophilos - The Evzone of Painting’ at the B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts

A total of 96 precious works by Theophilos, representing the tradition of a country and its people, are showcased in a major exhibition dedicated to the artist’s work, launched on November 10 at the Theocharakis Foundation.

The exhibition, titled “Theophilos – The Evzone of Painting”, includes 42 paintings from the Theophilos Museum in Lesvos, donated by renowned Mytilenian publisher of art books Stratis Eleftheriades (Teriade).

Leading works by the artist such as “Ares, god of the ancient Greeks, god of war”, “Dance of Zalongo”, “Death of Markos Botsaris” and “Portrait of Eleftherios Venizelos” highlight the many dimensions of Theophilos’ work, carrying a sense of responsibility as well as hope for the future.

B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts

To February 3, 2022

9 Vas. Sofias & 1 Merlin, Athens

tel. +30 302103611206

Free entrance


‘The Cornelian Secret: Love poems by Lord Byron’ at the Greek National Opera (GNO) Alternative Stage

Music was the catalyst for seventeen-year-old (not-yet-Lord) Byron’s passionate love for the young chorister John Edleston, a fellow student at Trinity College, Cambridge: “His voice first attracted my attention, his countenance fixed it, and his manners attached me to him forever”, the poet later wrote.

Some years later, deeply shaken by the unexpected death of his college lover at the age of twenty-one from tuberculosis, Byron, a leading figure of the Romantic movement, would compose a series of affecting elegies in which the biblical, female pseudonym “Thyrza” is used to mislead the public opinion of puritanical early 19th century England.

The Greek National Opera Alternative Stage’s concert “The Cornelian Secret: Love poems by Lord Byron”, part of the wider tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, during which philhellene Lord Byron died after leading a campaign, includes new work by Giannis Aggelakas, Aspasia Nasopoulou and Orestis Papaioannou. The material is based on love poems by Lord Byron. The concert is available for viewing on GNO TV as part of the cycle “Odes to Byron”. The cycle is curated by composer Alexandros Mouzas.

“The Cornelian Secret: Love poems by Lord Byron” concert may be watched for free at until December 31, with Greek and English subtitles.


Museum of Cycladic Art: 300 emblematic antiquities from Greece and abroad feature in ‘Kallos. The Ultimate Beauty” exhibition’  

The Museum of Cycladic Art, as part of its series of pioneering archaeological exhibitions focused on mankind, presents, in association with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, an exhibition titled “Kallos - The Ultimate Beauty”, co-curated by Professor Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis, Director of the Acropolis Museum and former Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, as well as the museum’s Curator of Antiquities Dr. Ioannis D. Fappas.

The various dimensions of the concept Kallos, ultimate beauty, in daily life and philosophical thought of ancient Greece are presented through 300 emblematic antiquities from museums and collections in Greece and abroad. This major exhibition, large in scale, is spread throughout all of the museum’s exhibition spaces. 


 Museum of Cycladic Art

To January 16, 2022

4 Neofytou Douka, Athens

Tel: +30 210 7228321

Admission: €10-15


Αbba Mania – Christmas Theater

Leading production ABBAmania, faithfully reviving the power and beauty of legendary Swedish pop group Abba’s music, as well as the act’s thrilling stage presence, has been continuously touring the world since 1999. The show returns to Athens for yet another performance at the Christmas Theatre having so far generated ticket sales of more than 3 million in over 30 countries, drawing both young and older audiences, as was also the case with this universally appealing act in the 70s, when it ruled the pop music world.

The sensational success of the musical “Mamma Mia” in the late 90s, originally staged in London, then taken around the world, sparked a new wave of interest in Abba’s music. Stage producer Stuart Littlewood created “ABBAmania”, a show whose representation of Abba is as close as can be to the real thing. Superb performers and top-class production – sound, lights, effects and continual costume changes – results in a performance paying tribute to the phenomenal Swedish act at a deservedly high level.

ABBAmania went on to become one of the biggest hits at London’s West End for years.


Christmas Theater

December 8

Tel. +30 211-7701700


VIP: €54; A zone: €44; B zone: €36; C zone: €26; D zone: €18 (€9 for children, students, multi - member families, unemployed); E zone: €10 (€5 for children, students, multi - member families, unemployed). 

 Johann Strauss Ensemble Viennese Waltz for Christmas in Athens at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall

The Johann Strauss Ensemble’s annual festive season concerts once again open the season’s proceedings at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. Charismatic conductor Russell McGregor and the Johann Strauss Ensemble’s gifted musicians, performing the Strauss family’s waltzes and polkas with authenticity and dexterity, can be expected to once again delight audiences in Athens. The flower-decorated Megaron stage will fill with classic Viennese melodies and surprises.

Megaron Athens Concert Hall

December 11-12

Christos Lambrakis Hall

Address: Vasilissis Sofias & Kokkali

Admission: €10 (students, children, persons with disabilities, multi-member families, 65+), €18, €28, €38, €48


Goran Bregovic: Christmas in the Balkans at the Christmas Theatre

Renowned composer Goran Bregovic returns to Athens for a Balkan Christmas performance filled with Balkan sounds and songs highlighting the ability of music to unite. The show will feature selections from Bregovic’s hit soundtracks “Time of the Gypsies” and “Underground”, for the Emir Kusturica films, as well as tunes that ended up being given Greek lyrics to become Greek hits. 

Christmas Theatre

December 15

Tel. +30 211-7701700 

Admission: VIP: €60; A zone: €52: B zone: €44; C zone: €34; D zone: €26; E zone: €18 (€13 for children, students, multi-member families, unemployed).

Persons with disabilities: €13 (escorts: €18). Telephone reservations only: +30 211-7701700 or at the theatre box office.


Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker live broadcast at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall

A classic ballet for the entire family, “The Nutcracker”, a production by Bolshoi Ballet legend Yury Grigorovich, featuring the Bolshoi’s principle dancers and special effects, is presented as a live video recording broadcast at the Athens Concert Hall for the festive season.

The appeal of “The Nutcracker” is timeless. On Christmas Eve, Marie and her family are celebrating, gathered around the Christmas tree. The magical gift that Drosselmeyer, her uncle, brings her for Christmas, will transform her evening. The nutcracker doll comes to life, taking Marie through amazing adventures.

Megaron Athens Concert Hall

December 19

Nikos Skalkottas Hall

Vasilissis Sofias & Kokkali

Tel. +30 210 7282000

Admission: €8-15

€8 for students, children and young adults aged up to 25, unemployed, persons with disabilities, 65+, multi-member families.

€15 general entrance 


Tectonics Athens ’21 - Onassis Foundation’s Stegi

The Tectonics Festival, which debuted in Reykjavik in 2012, has since been staged a total of 27 times in various cities.

The event’s head curator, renowned conductor Ilan Volkov, who started the festival with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, focuses his interest on new music, from symphonies to solo improvisational performances and electronic music, as well as new instruments and musical installations.

Besides developing a broad international network of artists and helping them delve deeper into their work, the festival also focuses on local scenes, offering unanticipated opportunities to artists and audiences alike to meet and establish ties.

This latest edition of Tectonics is co-curated by Ilan Volkov, Anne Hilde Neset and Mihalis Moschoutis. 

December 3-5

Stegi (Main Stage, Small Stage, Exhibition Space -1, Back of House)

Galaxy Studio (2 Galaxia, behind the Stegi building)

Small Athens Exchange (1 Pesmazoglou, Athens)

Romantso (3 Anaxagora, Athens)

National Library old building, Vallianeio Mansion (32 Panepistimiou, Athens)

Admission: free entrance, €5-12


Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in festive-season mode

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center celebrates the approaching festive season with a unique pairing that brings together social inclusion support group El Sistema Greece’s young orchestra and choir, resulting from its educational music programme, with dynamic local pop rock group Onirama, featuring charismatic frontman Thodoris Marantinis. The merged acts will present favourite Christmas songs, carrols, as well as their own renditions of international hits. The special festive-season night will be hosted by actor Dimitris Kouroubalis.

December 1

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

364 Syggrou, Kallithea

Admission: free entrance


The Philip Glass Ensemble - Music in Eight Parts & Other Works - Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Philip Glass Ensemble, an experimental group formed by Philip Glass in 1968 for exclusive interpretations of his work, visits the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for one Athens concert to take audiences through the major artist’s special musical world.

Born in 1937, in Baltimore, USA, Philip Glass is regarded as one of the most important composers of the 20th century. In the early 60s, he spent two years in Paris studying with esteemed composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger.

Glass gradually began experimenting with various styles of music and broadened his repertoire to compose material for orchestras, opera, dance, theatre and film. By 1974, a large body of work had accumulated for the Philip Glass Ensemble.

During its early days, the ensemble played at small galleries as well as studios in New York’s restless artistic community of Soho, performing Glass’ experimental work.

Over the fifty or so years that have ensued, the orchestra has taken the composer’s bold spirit to some of the world’s most celebrated stages.

A key part of the Athens performance, “Music in Eight Parts”, a masterpiece composed in 1970, was recently rediscovered, reconstructed and recorded after the composer had sold the autographed original score in the early days while trying to make ends meet.

December 20

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

364 Syggrou, Kallithea


Zone A: €25; Zone B: €15; Zone C: €10 (discount categories €5)


Ice rink - Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center’s Ice Rink contributes to the Christmas spirit by offering visitors, including aspiring skaters, the opportunity to enjoy its ice rink, installed at the beginning of the centre’s canal, by the foundation’s visitors centre, while enjoying the dancing water fountains and the canal’s festive-season lights.

December, 2021-February, 2022

Daily: 10:00-22:00

Free entrance with online registration

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

364 Syggrou, Kallithea


New Year’s Eve at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center celebrates New Year’s Eve with ice skating at its rink, until late, spectacular fireworks, a DJ Party, as well as the foundation’s now-established road race, SNF RUN: 2022 FIRST RUN, co-organised by AMKE, Regeneration & Progress, a nonprofit organisation supported exclusively by the SNF, as well as Sports Excellence, the Orthopedic Clinic of the University of Athens’ Medical School.

December 31

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

364 Syggrou, Kallithea

Free entrance

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Destination Management Agency


Xenofontos 7, 105 57

Athens, Greece


+30 210 32 53 123

+30 210 52 01 611

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