Welcome to the enchanting city of Thessaloniki! The air is crisp, and the festive spirit is in full swing. December in Thessaloniki is a magical time when the city’s vibrant culture and the Christmas spirit come together to create a unique and memorable experience. In this blog, we’ll be your guide to exploring the best of December in Thessaloniki, from must-visit attractions to hidden gems, and where to savor the most delectable dishes.
WHAT TO SEE
Map of Flavors 2-3/12 Ioannis Vellidis Conference Center: Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023, this event is the most significant wine gathering in Northern Greece. It has played a pivotal role in promoting Greek wine and fostering oenological education since its inception in 2003. With over 160 winemakers, distillers, and wine importers participating, alongside thousands of visitors, including wine enthusiasts and industry professionals from both Greece and abroad, the “Map of Flavors” offers a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of wines and spirits, discover new labels, and engage in educational seminars and tastings.
Maria Callas: 100 Years of a Legendary Life 2/12 Vafopouleio Cultural Center of Thessaloniki: In commemoration of Maria Callas’s 100th birthday, a special event will be held at the center’s theater, discussing Maria Callas’s life and artistic journey, analyzing her vocal technique and acting prowess. Admission is free.
Annual Christmas Market 3/12 Thessaloniki City Hall: Discover the tastes of the season while supporting local producers and artisans. From 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, savor the delights of organic beverages, artisanal spirits, traditional sauces, gourmet pasta, and a wide array of festive and sustainable local treats. Thessaloniki, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, invites you to experience the rich flavors of the region while promoting sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices. Admission is free.
Bryan Adams 7/12 Paok Sports Arena: Bryan Adams kicks off his European tour, “So Happy It Hurts Tour,” in December, with Greece as his first stop. Known for his authentic rock performances and over 40 years of musical excellence, Adams returns to Greece to captivate the audience with his incredible voice, high-energy stage presence, and dynamic guitar skills. This eagerly awaited concert promises a magical night filled with classic rock hits, making it an unforgettable experience for all attendees.
WHERE TO EAT
Agiou Mina Street: The charming neighborhood of Agiou Mina, located in the heart of the city, has become a focal point of interest for the locals and visitors of Thessaloniki. Filled with unique bars, cafes, and restaurants, this area is a delight for all the senses. The aromas of spices from the shops in the vicinity blend seamlessly with the scents of expertly prepared dishes and the notes of freshly roasted coffee beans, creating a magical atmosphere.
TRAVELING WITH KIDS
Asterokosmos Thessaloniki International Trade Fair- Exhibition 9/12-7/1: This festive wonderland offers visitors a delightful experience with its ice rink, 15 exciting games, concerts, musical performances, happenings, and a host of surprises for both young and old. It’s the perfect place to soak up the holiday spirit, celebrating Christmas 2023 and ringing in the New Year.