Spending your holidays in continents and countries that you have never been before is a new trend for celebrating New Years Eve 2017. Among the most ancient and romantic capital cities in Europe, Athens is the best place for your Christmas and New Year vacations. Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. The historic city will bring to you a lot of special things during your next coming festive season.
Celebrations & destinations
New Years Eve in Athens Greece is the most observed days of the year because of the passions. Great thrills, activities and traditional events such as playing lucky games like rolling dice and playing cards in clubhouses, coffee houses and people’s homes around the country of Greece.
Remember to arrange well your holidays for Christmas and New Years Eve in Athens. The Greek city celebrates NYE with much joy and merriment together with many traditional rituals. Saint Basil Day is celebrated on January first in honor of Saint Basil who founded the Orthodox Church. On 1st of January 2016, the Greek people gather at the center of Athens city to watch the NYE fireworks and celebrate with NYE festivals in bars or nightclubs. The traditions people carry out on this day are considered lucky. One of the customs on this auspicious day includes young people using foam spray, whistle, plastic weapons like hammers to make bloodless combat on each other and creating a maniacal panorama.
Besides the games and other activities, there is a state lottery that has prizes like 10 million Euros on that day. During the 2016 New Years holidays, clubs and bars are filled to the max with people celebrating until the sun rises. Many fireworks displays are organized all and the different cities in Athens are colorfully decorated and musical events are arranged. Even though the planning of all New Years Eve activities takes a little effort, it will be both fun and keep the adults and children occupied.
Children are kept busy until the clock strikes midnight then they get busy playing traditional games like “Vasilias” and “Berlina” they also sing traditional Greek New Years carols. Greek adults also play games for entertainment and to bring good luck for the upcoming year.
Hotels for NYE holidays
Being one of the best travel destinations in Europe Athens has a wide range of hotels with great services and facilities such as Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens, Magna Grecia Boutique Hotel, Royal Olympic Hotel, Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel, Fresh Hotel, etc. If you are planning to spend your Christmas and New Years Eve 2016 in Athens Greece, early booking is extremely recommended to avoid any last-moment disappointments.