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Things to Do in Greece in December

Go Skiing, Climb Mount Olympus, Hiking Trail in Corfu, Swim In Thermal Lake, Watch the Sunset in Santorini, Explore Mykonos, Visit The Greek Islands, Explore Thessaloniki, Get Amazed at Prespes Lakes, Explore Delphi and many more. Elevate your European adventure with meticulously crafted Europe travel packages, offering diverse experiences from thrilling activities to cultural explorations

Greece in December becomes a winter wonderland which makes it one of the most sought after summer destinations for tourists across the world. Popular places like Mykonos and Santorinin are known to be bustling with tourists either checking out the ancient historical sites or simply unwinding amidst the pristine and blue waters of the ocean. 

Since Greece can get pretty expensive during the summer months, the country in December is nothing less than the perfect time to visit to try out the different things to do in Greece in December. Tourists are looking to explore the country on a comparatively lower budget, then Greece in December is the best time to do so.
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About the Weather In Greece in December

The weather in Greece in December is cold but pleasant enough to plan trips. The temperature during this time of the year hovers around 12 degrees C during the daytime,however it can fluctuate between 9 to 15 degrees C. Greece in the month of december is usually cloudy so there are chances of rain as well.
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Why to Visit Greece in December?

Greece is a popular summer destination for tourists which can visit round the year, however, the winter season is when the country experiences less tourists.
This is the off season, so there are more chances of getting hotel deals at much cheaper rates. Popular tourist attractions and destinations like Mykonos and Santorini are not crowded at this time of the year, so tourists can check out these places at their own pace without worrying about the crowds.
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What To Pack For Greece in December?

Tourists planning a visit to Greece in December should pack warm clothes. They come in handy during the night time when the climate becomes chilly. Winter outfits like thermal t-shirts, long sleeve outfits, and an overcoat can come in handy. The climate may get quite windy during this time of the month, so tourists can carry a scarf to keep their face warm.

Events and Festivals in Greece in December

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Christmas

Just like many European countries, Greece celebrates Christmas with full zest where families come together and indulge in feasts. Children go from home to home, sing carols, and get sweets and gifts in return. All the houses are decorated with a sprig of basil leaves and follow a tradition of baking a traditional Christmas cake.
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Name Days

In Greece's Orthodox tradition, name days hold more significance than the birthdays. Every day of December is dedicated to a saint who belongs to the Christian faith. People who are named after these saints celebrate name day which resembles a birthday. On the name day of someone, a feast is hosted in the form of an open house and is visited by relatives and friends.
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New Year

Just like Christmas, even new year is filled with family gatherings where one cuts the Vasilopita, a celebratory cake for St Basil. Even on the occasion of new year, children go from home to home and sing carols. People greet each other to convey their wishes and go for partying in clubs and music venues.
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Athens Boat Show

In addition to decorating Christmas trees, Greeks decorate a boat to showcase their legacy of being a maritime nation. This helps bring together the celebration of Christmas in association with the sea. The decorated ship commemorates the sailors who return home after their voyage to celebrate Christmas.

Things to Do and Places to Visit in December

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Activity Location: Adrianou 24, 105 55, Athens

Operational Hours: 08:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Activity Duration: 1-2 hours (Approx.)

About Ancient Agora of Athens:

Visit the Ancient Agora of Athens, city's iconic and historic monument, with your loved ones to learn about its past. Know how it served as a marketplace and a political hub in the 5th century (B.C.). The site was initially built during the Hellenistic period, and you can still feel that era's energy while touring. With the tickets for Ancient Agora of Athens, you will also be able to access the Temple of Hephaestus, Museum of the Ancient Agora in the Stoa of Attalos, Tholos & Bouleuterion.

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Activity Location: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, 117 42, Athens

Activity Timings:

  • Monday - Thursday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Friday - 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Activity Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

About the Acropolis Museum:

Visit the Acropolis Museum, an architectural masterpiece that blends ancient history with modern design. Step into a world where centuries converge as the museum's glass floors offer glimpses into the ancient ruins beneath your feet. Marvel at the stunning collection of priceless artifacts that tell the captivating stories of Greece's glorious past. Let the lighting and artistic presentation transport you to a bygone era when gods and heroes walked the earth. From the iconic Parthenon sculptures to the intricately crafted statues, each exhibit has something unique to offer. Book tickets to the Acropolis Museum and go on a cultural journey at one of the most visited archeological museums in the world.

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As the name suggests, Red Beach is renowned for its gorgeous sand color located in Akrotiri in Greece. This beach attracts a myriad of visitors to its contrasting color of the glistening blue waters. On visiting the beach, you will discover some amazing volcanic rocks that offer a wild and captivating area of the entire scenery. You can partake in snorkeling or sailing activities or enjoy modern amenities like umbrellas and sunchairs.

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Go Skiing In Arachova

  • Arachova is a small hilly town which is popular for skiing and is located to the west of Boeotia and at the foothills of mount Parnassos.
  • The town comes alive with tourists to try out multiple things to do in Greece in December, like experiencing the nightlife and admiring the eye-catching views of the hills from the village.
  • The Parnassus Ski Center is one of the most sought after skiing centers as it is also one of the largest in Greece.

Location :
Arachova 320 04, Greece

Timings :
9 AM to 5 PM

Distance from Greece :
162 kms

Price in Euros:
30 to 40

Price in US Dollars
: 30 to 40
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Uncover Lake Plastiras

  • Alternatively known as the Tavropos reservoir, Lake Plastiras is an artificial lake where a number of activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, archery, and swimming can be enjoy

  • The lake attracts both tourists looking for things to do in Greece in December who want to unwind and relax and tourists who want to experience a rush of adrenaline
  • Tourists can treat their taste buds to some amazing food as the local cuisine is popular among the locals and is a recipient of popular awards and recognitions.

Location :
Plastira Lake, Thessaly, Greece

Timings
: 10 AM to 9 PM

Distance from Greece :
93 kms
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Discover the Magical Zagorohoria

  • Zagorohoria is shortly known as Zagori and is filled with 40 small settlements which are apt for activities like hiking, thanks to the mountains and canyons..
  • This is a municipality located amidst the Pindus mountains in the northwestern part of Greece. 
  • It is a lesser known region by tourists looking for things to do in Greece in December, so it is nothing less than a hidden gem.  
  • Tourists planning a visit to this place can try out activities like going for walks along the beautiful and crystal clear Aoos river, explore Vikos-Aoos National Park by paddling, and even hike the dragon lake.

Location :  Mikro Papigko 440 04, Greece

Distance from Greece: 294 km
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Climb Mount Olympus

  • With a height of almost 3000 meters, Mount Olympus is the tallest mountain in Greece which you can include in your itinerary to visit in Greece. 
  • Tourists with a little experience of hiking can climb the top of the mountain very smoothly.
  • Tourists planning to visit Greece in December can mark their presence at this mountain and check out the quaint villages located amidst the foothills of the mountain. These villages are adorned with pretty streets and sell a lot of local products that are worth buying. 
  • The mountain also has facilities for adrenaline filled adventure activities like mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking.

Location :
Mikro Papigko 440 04, Greece

Distance from Greece :
203 kms
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Hiking Trail in Corfu

  • Corfu is an island located on the northwestern coast of the Ionian sea which offers a tranquil environment. 
  • The hiking trails in this island are categorized between medium to difficult, so it is apt for experienced trekkers who want to explore the best views in Greece. 
  • There are more than 10 hiking trails which are well reputed amongst tourists and hiking enthusiasts visiting Greece in December. 
  • Vlacherna trail, old town, and twin bay are some noteworthy examples of trails worth considering for hiking while looking for things to do in Greece in December. 

Distance from Greece : 362 kms
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Swim In Thermal Lake Vouliagmeni

  • Lake Vouliagmeni is a lake with mineral springs that come with healing properties, thanks to the mineral salts in the lake. 
  • The water in this lake is usually between 20 to 29 degrees celsius throughout the year which is apt for swimming. 
  • The springs in this lake shoot water from as deep as 100 meters and constantly replenishes the water in the lake. 
  • Tourists visiting this lake can also experience spa fish nibbling their feet to get rid of the dead skin cells and make the skin on the legs look healthy and good as new. 

Location : Lake Vouliagmeni, Ethniki Odos Athinon Souniou, Vouliagmeni 166 71 Greece

Distance from Greece :
316 kms

Price in Euros:
170 to 180

Price in US Dollars:
170 to 180
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Watch the Sunset in Santorini

  • Out of all the reasons tourists flock to Santorini, one would definitely be to watch the sunset. 
  • The pristine beaches and the white and blue houses in this island are some of the best viewpoints to catch a glimpse of the sunset. 
  • Sunset in Santorini is usually filled with a fresh burst of colors that drenches the volcanic scenery, right pink, royal blue, yellow, orange and gold. 
  • Places like the Akrotiri Lighthouse, Prophet Elias Monastery, Skaros Rock, and Santo Winery are some of the best places in Santorini to watch the sunset. 

Location :
Pyrgos Kallistis 847 00, Greece

Distance from Greece :
300 kms
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Explore Mykonos

  • Mykonos is an island bordered by crystal blue waters and adorned with whitewashed buildings which makes it one of the most sought after spots to visit in Greece in December.
  • The island is famous for its bars and beaches, but apart from these places, there are a lot more places worth checking out. Tourists in December can plan a visit to Kato Mili to have a look at the windmills built by the Venetians in the 16th century. 
  • They can also head to the Rarity Gallery to admire the different types of contemporary artworks established by both local and international artists.

Location : Kalogera 20 - 22, Mikonos 846 00, Greece

Distance from Greece :
400 km
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Visit The Greek Islands

  • Greece has an estimated total of more than 6000 islands and islets, out of which almost 230 islands are inhabited and are prominent tourist spots. 
  • These islands are known for their pristine waters that border their coastlines and the eye catchy beaches that are worth exploring. 
  • Prominent islands that one visits include Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. 
  • However, if tourists are looking for offbeat islands, they can head to islands like Sifnos, Ithaca, and Leros as they are not frequented by tourists but are loaded with attractions like Platis Gialos beach, Chrisopigi Monastery, and Leros War Museum.
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Explore Thessaloniki

  • This Greek port city located alongside the Aegean Sea is also the second largest city in Greece.
  • Prominent attractions that one should explore in Thessaloniki include the White Tower of Thessaloniki, Arch of Galerius, and the Museum of Byzantine Culture. 
  • Apart from the historical sites, Thessaloniki boasts a vibrant nightlife and a lot of places to shop for souvenirs and local goodies. 
  • Tourists touring Greece in December must come to Thessaloniki as it is the month in which the traditional holiday Bonfire Festival is celebrated.

Location : Leof. Stratou 2, Thessaloniki 546 40, Greece

Distance from Greece :
286 kms
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Get Amazed at Prespes Lakes

  • Alternatively known as Lake Prespa, this lake serves as the trijunctions border point between three countries- Greece, Macedonia and Albania. 
  • The lake comes with islands like the Agios Achilios Island that can be explored using bikes. 
  • The lake spans across almost 300 square kilometers and is a system of two lakes separated by an isthmus. 
  • This lake is hardly frequented by tourists so it is nothing less than a hidden gem that is worth considering while planning a trip to Greece. 
  • Tourists can find islands filled with people usually during the summer months, as this lake along with Lake Orchid comes to life during these times. 

Distance from Greece :
355 kms
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Explore Delphi

  • Delphi is located at the foothills of Mount Parnassus in central Greece and is famous for the remnants of ancient Greek architecture. 
  • It is popular for being the seat of the high priestess of the Oracle of Apollo. 
  • Delphi has a prehistoric origin sometimes at around 6th to 4th century BC and majority of the places lie in ruins which have survived the test of time. 
  • Tourists visiting this place can check out places like the Temple of Apollo, Treasury of Athens, Stadium of Delphi and the Archeological Museum of Delphi.

Location : Delphi 330 54, Greece

Distance from Greece :
157 kms

Price in Euros:
5 to 20

Price in US Dollars:
5 to 20

People Also Ask About Greece

  1. Can you visit Santorini in December?

    Yes, tourists looking for things to do in Greece in December can plan a trip to Santorini as due to the off season one will encounter less crowds at almost all the attractions.
  2. Is it worth visiting Greece in December?

    Yes, December is the low season during which the weather remains pleasant and the entire country gears up for Christmas festivities which is worth checking out. It is a great time for tourists to take advantage of the low season and plan a visit to the country on a budget.
  3. What are the places to visit in Greece in December?

    1.Thessaloniki- This is a port city that borders the Aegean sea and was once under the influence of the Byzantines, Ottomans, and the Romans. Tourists visiting this place can check out the architecture and the remnants left by the ancient Roman empire.

    2.Mykonos- Mykonos is an island in the Cyclades group in Greece which is known to be a party hub during the summer season. The island comes with different types of beaches that are worth checking out like Ornos Beach, Paradise Beach, and Kalo Livadi Beach.

    3.Pindus- Located in Greece's Pindus mountains, this municipality is filled with more than 40 hilly villages and offers some of the best eye catchy views. Tourists visiting this island can also check out the National Reserve Vikos-Aoos along with other tourist friendly places like Sarakatsani Museum, and the Taxiarchon church.

    4.Lake Plastiras- Unofficially known as the Tavropos reservoir, this is an artificial lake that takes its waters from the Tavropos river. Tourists visiting this lake can try out activities like paragliding, horse riding and kayaking.
  4. What is the cheapest island to visit in Greece in December?

    Crete, known for its iconic beaches like Elafonisi and Balos, is one of the cheapest islands which you can visit in Greece in December. Tourists can try out some low budget activities like strolling around the villages and towns and even going for hikes to places like the Samaria Gorge.
  5. Which Greek island is hottest in December?

    Crete is one of the hottest islands in Greece in December. The climate is mild and sunny and experiences warm weather during December.
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