The Christmas season officially kicked off in Athens on Tuesday after city mayor Giorgos Kaminis lit up the Christmas tree in Syntagma square.
“Christmas and New Years are days of joy and hope.
It is an opportunity for all of us to spend more time with our family, stroll around our city, care and stand by those who need it,” Mayor said during the lighting ceremony.
The festivities opened with a concert of the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra, the Athens Big Band and the band Gadjo Dilo.
The city of Athens will host 220 events for residents and visitors with free admission.
The countdown to the New Year will take place at Thissio, with popular artists taking part in a concert below the Acropolis Hill.