I'm traveling to Greece for the first time the day after Christmas and leaving before New Years Eve (about 4 days stay). We are thinking of going to Athens and then to some countryside areas. Has anyone been there during that time? I'm afraid that it will not be very lively during that time in Athens, but I'm not sure. I feel like it's an awkward time to be in Greece. Can anyone provide some advice? What festivities, events, sight-seeing do you recommend during that time? Thanks!
Athens at that time of year is great. We spend every Christmas there and there is quite a lot going on. There's generally a mini ice rink in front of the zappeion, gift markets in a couple of the squares, and the city council puts on various events. There's a nice holiday atmosphere - a lot of Greek's off work and meeting friends. Some years the weather can be really nice - we generally have some days where it is warm enough to sit outside for coffee or lunch.
The down side is that, depending exactly when you are going, some sites / museums can be closed.
If you want to send me your address in a private mail, and are happy to take attachments, I'll send you a couple of photos to wet your appetite!
Athens during the holidays is amazing! A few years ago, we spent two weeks in Greeece over the holidays. Granted, we had a memorable experience because we stayed with family over Christmas itself, but we also visited Mycenae, Nafplio, Ancient Corinth, and Delphi and had a wonderful time. We got lucky though, the weather was in the 50's/60's for most of our trip.