Christmas atmosphere has spread throughout the city and seasonal bazaars appear one after another, to immerse us into the Christmas spirit, but also to offer us some original ideas for gifts at good prices.
Creativity, imagination and solidarity have always flourished in times of crisis and Christmas markets come this year to reinforce these concepts, as we can find there great works of art and various ideas for gifts at reasonable prices, which often give us a chance to support a charitable cause.
Therefore if you are getting ready to do your Christmas shopping and you do not know where to start from, we present to you some of the best Christmas bazaars in the city.
Christmas Bazaar at Technopolis
The S.O.Z.O Foundation for Children invites all to its Christmas bazaar with handmade objects - dolls, bags, jewelry, Christmas decorations, cakes, scarves and many other items, so as to provide information and generate support for the work of the Foundation, whose goal is to help financially and psychologically, children and their families.
References: «Technopolis» Gazi, Hall «D13» No. 100 "Piraeus" Street, Gazi, Athens, 2/12-4/12, 10.00 am to 10 pm, entrance free.
«Golden Hands ΙΙΙ» in Pure Bliss
On the ground floor and first floor of Pure Bliss a lot of positive energy, but also Christmas gifts, jewelry and accessories, soaps, useful objects and decorations, toys, knitted articles, recycled goods, and many other items are awaiting us in the bazaar «Golden Hands ΙΙΙ». There you will have the chance to find unique handmade items in support of the traditions, recycling, creativity and their expression in a cheerful atmosphere.
References: Pure Bliss, No. 24Α "Romvis" Street, Athens from 2/12-4/12, opening hours: Friday 6 pm to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12 am to 10 pm, entrance free.
"Christmas village" in Aidonakia
Until January 18th our favorite Luna Park "Ta Aidonakia» (The Nightingales) transforms, providing for children and adults a chance to enjoy the best "Christmas village", ever built. There you will find workshops, toys and stories (in the village of St. Basil - the saint who brings presents to children in Greece), mammoth museum, an exhibition of ice sculptures, ice rink, original toys and of course the a rich Christmas market with sweets and souvenirs.
References: Luna Park "Τa Aidonakia", No. 89 Kifissias Avenue and "Andrea Papandreou," Μarousi, exit 11 Attiki Odos until 18/1, working hours: weekdays between 4 pm to 11 pm, Saturday, Sunday and on holidays between 11 am to 11 pm, 210 6198274-210 6196941, www.aidonakia.gr/
Christmas bazaar of the bloggers group xeblogarisma
In support of the prisoners who have no income and the children living with their mothers in the Women's Prison of Thebes, the bloggers’ group xeblogarisma organizes a Christmas bazaar with handmade Christmas gifts, traditional objects, clothes, books etc. at very low prices. During the bazaar essential supplies for the prisoners and their children will also be collected, such as diapers, baby products, shampoos, shower gels, toothpastes, toothbrushes, sanitary pads, toilet paper, etc.
References: Cabaret Voltaire, No. 30 "Μarathonos" str., Metaxourgeio, 3/12-4/12, working hours: Saturday from 11.30 am to 8 pm Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. http://xeblogarisma.blogspot.com/.
«Oneiro Christmas park» in Zappeion
Christmas Fairy houses will accommodate an outdoor Christmas market in front of Zappeion in «Oneiro Christman Park», where among various fabulous surprises you can also find fresh chocolate cookies, Christmas goodies and dishes, toys, Christmas decorations, candles, jewelry, children's books, engravings, posters and works of folk crafts.
References: Zappeion, 3/12-8/1, weekdays from 12 pm to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12 midnight, entrance free.
Christmas Bazaar for the stray animals
The Foundation for care and protection of stray animals Stray.Gr, this year once again organises the traditional Christmas Bazaar, where you will have the chance to win great gifts and find wonderful clothes, jewelry, books, dvds, beautiful accessories for your four-legged friends, and many new products from Stray.gr. In the "Art Corner" you will be able to enjoy the works of artists. All proceeds support the activities of the Foundation for the care of stray animals in all regions of Attica.
References: Thission Lofts, No. 123 "Piraeus" str., Athens (Κeramikos Subway station) 4/12, from 10 am to 8 pm, www.stray.gr/
Christmas swap: Christmas party of the exchange
You want to buy new Christmas decorations, but you are having difficulty doing so? Bring to the Christmas swap bazaar all Christmas decorations or any Christmas items you have, which you don’t need any more and take what you like without any restrictions, but most of all for free. You can also bring toys that you do not need any more, which you can either swap, or which will be offered to children in need, as well as your goodies, so everyone can treat each other!
References: Pαrαperα Str., "Αharnon" 61 and "Feron" Str., Athens, near the subway station "Victoria" on 4/12 from 12 am to 8 pm, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=275229739181647 , http://paraperamarket.blogspot.com.