What to do in Athens this December 2019
The world’s greatest stories and songs are flooding Athens this December along with a myriad of exhibitions and collections that will make this holiday season fly by.
The Countless Aspects of Beauty
WHAT: Over 300 pieces from the National Archaeological Museum’s collection explore the eternal human quest for beauty.
WHEN: Until December 31, 2019.
WHERE: National Archaeological Museum
Patission 44 |Tel: +30 213 214 4856| Website
Christian Zervos & Cahiers d’Art: The Archaic Turn
WHAT: Described as ‘one of the great unknown figures of art history’, Christian Zervos, publisher and critic of Greek origin, founder of the avant-garde journal Cahiers d’art (1926- 1960) and the gallery and publishing house of the same name, which among other things had the exclusive rights to publish and promote the paintings of Pablo Picasso, was responsible for connecting Greece with the crème de la crème of modernism. The exhibition is directly linked to the research programme of the French School at Athens, entitled “Christian Zervos au miroir de la Grèce”.
WHEN: From December 12 until March 1, 2020
WHERE: Benaki Museum
Pireos 138 & Adronikou| Tel: +30. 210.367.1000| Website
Fireworks on a Fine Universe
WHAT: The exhibition at Eleni Marneri Galerie presents a new generation of Greek and international designers who dedicate their work to the world of fine jewellery, creating artworks of unparalleled force and timelessness.
WHEN: Opening: November 29 to January 18, 2020
WHERE: At Eleni Marneri Galerie
5-7 Lebessi & 16 Porinou St. Makriyanni|Tel: +30 210 8619488| Website
Lynda Benglis | In the Realm of the Senses
WHAT: NEON presents Lynda Benglis, an American artist of Greek origin, best known for her use of poured sculptural forms made from wax, latex, metal, and foam In the Realm of the Senses, curated by art historian Dr. David Anfam at the Museum of Cycladic Art. This is Benglis’ first solo exhibition in Greece – she lives and works between New York, Santa Fe, Kastelorizo and Ahmedabad in India.
WHEN: From November 22 to March 15, 2020
WHERE: Museum of Cycladic Art
Neofytou Douka 4| Tel: +30. 210.722.8321| Website
WHAT: The human form and its relationship with space predominatesin the largest part of his oeuvre. He embarked on exploring the diverse stages of this relationship, by using as starting point, the Motorcyclist, his older and most popular subject matter; in some cases, this figure rep- resents an intimidating symbol of authority, while other times, it signifies a speed addict, who is a victim himself. The external depiction of the moving figure is gradually replaced by a sense of motion within painting itself. This emerging aspect of his personal idiom would become the key to his future development. His figures are usually recognizable and they often stand alone in space, while less frequently, they coexist with few more figures. Athens
WHEN: Until January 25, 2020
WHERE: Citronne Gallery
Patriarchou Ioakim 19| Tel: +30.210.723.5226|Website
Jannis Psychopedis: Painting Meets Poetry
WHAT: A major retrospective exhibition dedicated to Jannis Psychopedis, featuring large groups of works that reference, were inspired by, and engage with poets and their poetics. Jannis Psychopedis’ relationship with poetry is profound, long-lasting, systematic, continuous and tested down the years. A visual conversation with Homer and his Odyssey, Parmenides, Herodas, Calvos, Byron, Palamas, Cavafy, Karyotakis, Lorca, Seferis, Elytis, Ritsos, Embirikos, Sachtouris, Dimoula, Fostieris, Vlavianos, Kyparissis, Metaxas and Siotis.
WHEN: Until January 12, 2020
WHAT: Discover the magic of documentaries, explore new ways of communication, get inspired by stories we all care about and have fun at the fourth edition of KinderDocs – the documentary festival of award-winning films made for children and teenagers. Each film is a story on teenage life – friendship, family, education, social media, creativity, art, music, dance, psychology, migration, environment – an opportunity to enter the colourful world of kids and teenagers, a platform for constructive dialogue.
WHEN: Until April 2020
WHERE: Benaki Museum,
Pireos 138|Tel: +30.210.367.1000| Website
Qi Baishi, The Mysterious East
WHAT: Qi Baishi was one of the most well-known contemporary Chinese painters. Thesubjects of his paintings include almost everything, commonly animals, scenery, figures, vegetables, and so on. In his later years, many of his works depict mice, shrimps, or birds.
WHEN: From November 12 to January 12, 2020
WHERE: B&M Theocharakis Foundation
Vas. Sofias 9 & Merlin 1| Tel: +30 210 3611206 |Website
Athens Con 2019
WHAT: Action hero geeks unite! AthensCon 2019 touches down at the Faliro Olympic Indoor Hall over an action- packed weekend in November, bringing comic book culture centre-stage and uniting pop culture geeks of all ages. Meet international writers and designers revered for their work on famous franchises from DC, Disney and Marvel. Gorge on free-play new video games and board games, or pick up a new creative skill at specialist seminars. Star guests this year include Marvel writer and X-Men creator Chris Claremont who’s penned some of the best-selling comic books of all time, Deadpool’s Stefan Kapicic and Watchmen writer and artist David Gibbons.
WHEN: November 30 – December 1 from 10.30am to 10pm
WHERE: Tae Kwon Do Stadium
860 Neptune Ave| Paleo Faliro|Tel: +30 210 963 6489| Website
The SNFCC Ice Rink is Back!
WHAT: For the third year in a row, the floating Ice Rink picks up the tempo in the SNFCC Christmas World, with skaters gliding in a festive mood, their skates throwing up fire! This year located at the start of the Canal, in front of the Visitors Center, the Ice Rink will offer all fans of the most Christmassy sport the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic “inside view” of the majestic Dancing Fountains and the illuminated Canal.
WHEN: From November 30 till February 2 |from 10.00 p.m to 22.00 a.m
Syggrou Ave 364 Kallithea 176 74| Website
Meet Market Christmas Edition at the Athens Conservatoire
WHAT: Indulge in some quality festive browsing at the Meet Market’s annual Christmas extravaganza with 99 stands of creations and innovations from local designers, artists, producers and collectors, plus yuletide festivities, non-stop djs sets, the chance to shop for your loved ones, wrap yourself in plenty of warm, fuzzy feelings – the kind you get from seeing familiar faces and drinking a little too much gluhwein. Alongside the Meet Market, there will also be dozens of free parallel interactive activities for both kids and grownups.
WHEN: Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 and Saturday 21 & Sunday 22, December, 2019
11:00 – 23:00 each day
WHERE: The Meet Market at the Athens Conservatoire
Leof. Vasileios Georgiou B’ 17-19 & Rigillis| Website
WHAT: Athens’ biggest and most magical Christmas theme park spreads festive joy to young and old for the fifth year running. Kids can meet Santa, explore his sweet factory, or whiz around in his sleigh on the “Tornado” roller coaster. Christmas Factory also features imaginative games, creative performances, toy workshops, special guests – and a Christmas bazaar.
WHEN: From November 5 Until January 5
WHERE: Christmas Factory
Gazi Technolopolis|Kerameikos|Peiraios 100| Tel: 210.898.1739| Website
30 November: The festive lights are on
WHAT: Come enjoy the most brilliant Christmas experience, witnessing SNFCC’s different areas transform one after the other into a place of magic, bathed in light and filled with music and dance! Thousands of Christmas lights twinkle on trees along the Canal; the lavishly decorated tall Christmas trees at the Agora are revealed in all their glory, and the light installations in the Stavros Niarchos Park playfully interact with visitors. The Ice Rink once again comes alive as the first skaters glide on fresh ice to the sounds of the GNO Children’s Choir. Christmas tunes also inspire the Canal’s Dancing Fountains to take part in the dancing mood in their own, spectacular way. The celebration culminates with the time-honored party at the Agora – this year we hit the ground dancing with the SOUL queen Idra Kayne and her ultimate Christmas live concert that sets the festive tone.
WHEN: November 30 |6 pm
WHERE: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Syggrou Avenue 364, 17674 Kallithea|(+30) 216 8091000| Website
Awog 2019 Christmas Bazaar
WHAT: Join us at one of the oldest Christmas Bazaars in Athens! Enjoy a day full of lots of fun, shopping, photos with Santa, children activities, delicious baked goods and wonderful prizes at the Grand Lottery! Proceeds will be donated to our Community Services!
WHEN: December 8| 11 a.m till 5 p.m
WHERE: Athens War Museum
Rizari 2 Athens 106 75
Nine cats Christmas Bazaar
WHAT: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us to celebrate with us a day of fun, while doing some holiday bargain shopping, sharing smiles and cat-stories with the family of Nine Lives! Let’s say goodbye to 2019 by helping cats in need. Discover small treasures amongst new and nearly-new goodies, and taste a delicious selection of home-baked cakes as well as scrumptious savouries by the excellent La Chocolatiere caterers. Also, grab the chance to get your hands on the new 2020 Nine Lives calendars! A perfect Christmas gift for any cat lover. You will also find limited edition catnip Christmas toys as well as other seasonal goodies!All bazaar proceeds directly benefit stray cats in Athens through food & vet care.
Please, if you have items to donate, contact us prior to the bazaar, as alas we cannot accept any items on the day of the bazaar itself.
Donations of cat food, however, are welcomed with open paws!
WHEN: December 1st
WHERE: Arcadia Centre
Empedokelous 26 | Pangrati 11636
SNF Run: 2020 First Run
WHAT: For the fourth New Year’s Eve in a row, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) invites you to dress to the nines—or whatever size you take in running shoes—and take part in the SNF RUN: 2020 FIRST RUN, setting the pace for the coming year! The invitation is open to all, and the route covers a distance of just 4 kilometers around the festively bedecked SNFCC. Afterwards a big party will be awaiting runners at the SNFCC Agora. By participating in this year’s SNF RUN, runners are supporting the work of small non-profit organizations doing great work to look out for vulnerable children. This year’s partner nonprofits are Spring Children, Angels of Joy, and the “Good Shepherd” Minors Protection Association of Piraeus. The amount donated through the symbolic participation fee will be tripled through an additional contribution from SNF
WHEN: December 31 2019| At 00:00
Syggrou Avenue 364, 17674 Kallithea|(+30) 216 8091000| Website
WHAT: The most wonderful time of the year will be brought to life with twinkling lights, music, and color in the largest and most majestic theater in Athens. These spectacular performances will transport you to great cities each with their own style of celebrating the holidays. The performances shine and spread the festive spirit with a joy that will leave you smiling well past New Year’s.
WHEN: Until January
WHERE: Christmas Theater
Tel: +30 211.770.1700 |Veikou Ave 137 | Website