From enchanting markets filled with seasonal treasures to dazzling light displays adorning the city’s iconic landmarks, discover the ultimate guide to embracing the yuletide charm in Thessaloniki. Festive events, traditional delights, and joyful celebrations promise to make your Christmas in Thessaloniki unforgettable. Join us on a journey through the city’s merry ambiance, where every corner sparkles with holiday magic!
SOAK UP THE ATMOSPHERE
AGIAS SOFIAS STREET
Stroll along the illuminated streets adorned with dazzling decorations, with Aristotelous Square, Mitropoleos and Tsimiski Streets transforming into radiant wonderlands that delight visitors of all ages. Tip: Don’t miss the chance to admire the beautiful Agias Sophias Street Christmas blue lights shimmering above one of the most popular shopping streets of the city.
Ladadika is a place not to be missed regardless of the time of the year. Especially during Christmas, Ladadika’s historic buildings and charming alleys are adorned with festive decorations and sparkling lights, creating a picturesque setting for leisurely strolls and capturing Instagram-worthy moments. As the night falls, Ladadika’s bars come alive with lively celebrations.
ATTEND A FESTIVE EVENT
LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
The lighting of the Christmas tree in Thessaloniki is a cherished annual tradition that marks the beginning of the festive season. This year, Thessaloniki lights its Christmas tree at Aristotelous Square on Thursday afternoon, December 7th. As always, the ceremony will include musical performances and a fireworks show.
NYE AT ARISTOTELOUS SQUARE
Illuminated by dazzling lights and decorated with festive embellishments, Aristotelous Square hosts an array of live performances, cultural showcases, and music filling the air. When the clock strikes midnight, a spectacular fireworks display illuminates the sky, marking the arrival of the new year with a dazzling show of lights and colors.
NOT TO MISS
INDULGE IN DELECTABLE LOCAL DELIGHTS
AT MODIANO MARKET
Agora Modiano invites you for your daily shopping in the most impressive & festive environment of the town! Musical events, festive cooking and pastry workshops, children’s performances, storytelling, shadow theater, carols, and much more, will fill the festive days with unforgettable Christmas moments! Don’t miss a moment of what Agora Modiano has prepared for you by checking out agoramodiano.com
AT FESTIVE RESTAURANTS
During the festive season, the restaurants of Thessaloniki curate special Christmas menus that captivate the essence of the holiday. Across the city, restaurants craft exclusive menus featuring traditional Greek dishes infused with seasonal flavors and festive ingredients. From traditional Greek delicacies to innovative festive dishes, dine in style and celebrate the joy of Christmas with family and friends.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
For the period from early December to early January, as every year, NOESIS has planned a variety of activities with a festive mood in the spirit of the days. The regular program of the institution with its screenings, permanent and temporary exhibitions, during this period is enriched with festive workshops, constructions, experiments, games and science shows. Find out more at noesis.edu.gr.
Asterkosmos opens its doors at the TIF Helexpo from Saturday 9 December 2023 and will remain open until Sunday 7 January 2024, at pavilions 13, 14 and 15, celebrating with us Christmas 2023 and New Year 2024. A unique Fun Park, an ice rink, 15 games, concerts, musical and kinetic performances, happenings and many surprises will give the festive pulse to the visitors of Asterkosmos 2023-2024.
ThesSUP is organizing the 3rd SANTA SUP in Thessaloniki on 23rd of December at 11:00 a.m. Join us for an unforgettable experience while paddling towards the White Tower, dressed as Santa!
Explore the city’s boutiques and artisanal shops, offering an assortment of handmade souvenirs and crafts, artisanal products and many more that make for exceptional Christmas gifts for loved ones.
Experience the authentic flavors of the season by sampling traditional Greek Christmas sweets like melomakarona, diples and kourabiedes and warm beverages to delight your taste buds.