Christmas 2023: 2+1 top destinations

Χριστούγεννα 2023

The merry Christmas season has begun to light up the cities of Greece, some of which are ideal destinations for those seeking Christmas magic. If you’re looking for a different Christmas experience, suggests 3 top Christmas destinations this year.


Christmas is a time of magic, and the city of Drama embraces it in a special way. Every year, residents and visitors alike live a unique experience as the city dons its festive attire, creating an amazing Christmas atmosphere.The streets of Drama are decorated with lights and candles, while Christmas decorations and gifts dominate the shops. There are many visitors to the city who come to see Oneiroupoli, the city’s Christmas fairytale park, where you will have the opportunity to experience unique moments with your family or friends. This Christmas theme park has opened its doors since 2 December and is waiting to welcome young and old alike. Dream City offers a variety of activities for children and adults, including games, shows, workshops and concerts.
Oniroupouli in Drama
Between Mount Paggaio and Mount Falakro you will find the Faraggi Hotel, a wonderful accommodation where its location combined with its facilities will captivate you. Rooms are large and comfortable for a relaxing stay. We cannot fail to recommend the Hydrama Grand Hotel, a stay that will be truly unforgettable.
Drama, with its unparalleled scenic beauty, offers visitors a unique Christmas experience. From the warmth of local cafes and taverns to the bright lights that illuminate the streets, the city embraces the spirit of the holidays.
For those who love the snow a visit to the Falakro Ski Centre will reward you. Thanks to the excellent snow conditions and the variety of activities it offers, it is one of the most popular ski resorts in the country. It has 13 slopes of all levels of difficulty, from green runs for beginners to black runs for experienced skiers and snowboarders.
Visit Drama this Christmas and have an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever.


Trikala city
Trikala is a city in Thessaly that is famous for its beauty. Every year, at Christmas, the city is transformed into a Christmas fairy tale, with lights, decorations and activities for young and old.
The Mill of the Elves
The Mill of the Elves is the trademark of Christmas in Trikala. It is a beautiful traditional mill that has been transformed into a magical fairy tale. Inside the mill, children can meet Santa Claus, his elves and experience unforgettable moments. In the central square of Heroes of Polytechnic, you will enjoy the largest natural Christmas tree illuminated.

For your accommodation we have singled out Gallery Art Hotel, Aeton Melathron Hotel, River House. Stunning, spacious, ideal to enjoy your trip to the city.

On a cold winter day, with the sun disappearing behind the clouds, what could be better than opening the door of Diverso Cafe. A feeling of warmth and intimacy will wash over you. The aroma of coffee and sweets will make you enjoy the moment by the Lethaion River.

For a snack or a meal we recommend the Lithi Neotaverna, a special favourite haunt of the people of Trikala, in the city centre. You will find amazing local dishes that will make you get lost in the “oblivion” of gastronomic pleasure.

For another gastronomic journey in Trikala cuisine, visit Taverna Ianthos. The choices are many, from stews to grilled dishes, all one and all!


You can’t travel all the way there and not visit the Manavika district, which is part of the old town of Trikala. Indulge in its narrow streets and start your gastronomic adventure. It’s a lively area full of taverns, cafes and bars. At 58 Karaiskaki Street, you will find Katogi, a tavern with a unique interior design and excellent cuisine.
Strolling through its picturesque alleys, you will see the city’s most popular three-dimensional mural with scenes from another era, featuring Tsitsanis playing bouzouki. The city where this acclaimed Greek composer and songwriter was born is also home to the Vassilis Tsitsanis Museum, which houses exhibits dedicated to his life and work.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the imposing Meteora. This visit will be an unforgettable experience.

Old Agios Athanasios

Old Agios Athanasios

Paleos Agios Athanasios is a traditional village of Pella, built on the slopes of Voras or Kaimaktsalan, at an altitude of 1,200 meters. It is known for its picturesque alleys, its stone houses and the ski resort of Kaimaktsalan, which is only 10 km away.

Christmas is the most magical time of the year, and Old Agios Athanasios, with its traditional atmosphere offers a unique experience for those who visit this beautiful place during the holidays. At Christmas, the village is dressed in white. Snow covers everything, creating a magical scene. The streets, the houses, the churches, everything is covered with snow.

The customs of the village

The most famous and impressive Christmas custom in Paleo Agios Athanasios is the Christmas Fires. On the evening of December 23, the villagers light fires in the central square of the village with the attendees shouting “Kolinda Babo”. These fires symbolize the rebirth of nature and the coming of Christ. On New Year’s Eve you will hear the “sourva”, the traditional carols of the place.


Staying in Paleos Agios Athanasios is a unique experience that will offer you the opportunity to enjoy its alpine beauty. You will find all kinds of accommodation, from quaint guesthouses to luxurious chalets. We have singled out for you the Arolithos Guesthouse. A real gem in the center of the settlement, following the architecture of the Macedonian mansions. If you like luxuries Lithos Hotel Spa is waiting to welcome you and provide you with the best experience.

Where to eat

If you like good food, you will surely find yourself among many excellent taverns to enjoy local flavours and stews that will satisfy even the most demanding visitor. In the tavern Katafigio you will enjoy Macedonian cuisine to the absolute! Another choice is the traditional tavern Tsegani, one of the first taverns of the village and you will find it right next to the main square of the village.
To complete your trip, a visit to the Vora-Kaimaktsalan Ski Centre is a must, as it is a paradise for lovers of winter sports and natural beauty.
The above destinations are just a few of the many that offer magical Christmas experiences in Greece. Choosing the right destination depends on your own interests and preferences. Τhe only thing that is certain is that you will enjoy it to the fullest and enjoy every moment!