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What's On In Athens In December
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What's On In Athens In December

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Updated: 15 November 2016
Maybe because of the sad and terrible news that November brought (RIP Mister Cohen), many people are looking forward to December, a month considered to be full of love and happiness. And though December is also a reminder that winter is coming, it brings plenty of amazing events to attend. From exhibitions and performances to other various events, here is what’s happening in Athens this December.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th

DANCE | Watch A Ballet Power Couple In A Unique Series Of Performances

📅 December 1st-3rd; 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Discover a real life couple performing works from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, and Arthur Pita. The bad boy of ballet Sergei Polunin and Russian superstar dancer Natalia Osipova meet and transport you to the contemporary dance heavens as they show off their amazing talents for three nights at the Pallas Theater.

📍 Pallas Theater, Voukourestiou 5, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0321 3100

MUSIC | Jazz It Up With Fred Wesley

📅 December 2nd-5th

The hottest jazz club in town is hosting legendary Fred Wesley for three nights. Famous for his work with Godfather of Funk James Brown and George Clinton, the trumpet player will be joined by jazz and funk band Generations. This performance is a one-of-a-kind event that will surely get you dancing.

📍 Half Note Jazz Club, Trivonianou 17, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0921 3310

EVENT | Get Your Geek Out At AthensCon 2016

📅 December 3rd-4th; 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM

It is that time again – AthensCon is back. The celebration of modern pop culture comes back to Athens with a rich program including a meeting with comic writers, a wrestling legend, plus the unforgettable annual Cosplay event.

📍 Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Palaio Faliro, Greece

ART | Go To Henrietta Vordoni’s Solo Exhibition

📅 Until December 3rd

If you haven’t had the chance yet, drop by the Evripides Art Gallery to admire About Bliss, a solo exhibition by Greek painter-sculptor Henrietta Vordoni, Paris’ École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts alumna, known for her figurative works. Her work explores the lack of emotions, principles, and values, and reflects on the Epicurean concept of finding and experiencing the pleasures of daily life.

📍 Evripides Art Gallery, Iraklitou 10 and Skoufa Athens, Greece, +30 21 0361 5909

MUSIC | Take A Musical Dining Journey

📅 December 4th

This is your last chance to take part in a unique musical dining journey. The Camerata (Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra) invites you to come and hear a nine-string instrument orchestra perform inside a train wagon at the historical Railway Carriage Theater to Treno sto Rouf.

Price per person for dinner: 35€ (drinks not included)

📍 Railway Carriage Theater to Treno sto Rouf

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th

MOVIE | Grab Your Popcorn! It’s Movie Night At The French Institute

📅 December 7th at 7:30 PM

It’s movie night tonight. Watch the documentary based on the true story of American artist Samantha Montgomery. Also known as Princess Shaw, Montgomery is a singer in New Orleans who works as a nurse’s assistant in an elderly care facility while performing at local clubs. On the other side of the world, Ophir Kutiel, aka Kutiman, famous on the YouTube platform for creating videos sampling instrumental tracks, discovers her music and uses her tracks in one of his videos, which goes viral. It’s a feel-good documentary that will fill your head with music.

Entrance: 6 euros

📍 French Institute of Athens, Didotou 6, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0367 9900

MUSIC | Michelle Gurevich (Chinawoman) Returns To The Fuzz Live Music Club

📅 December 9th at 8 PM – 12 AM

Michelle Gurevich, known as Chinawoman, comes back to Athens for a unique appearance at Fuzz Live Music Club. The Canadian songwriter with Russian roots just released her fourth album titled New Decadence. And though she seems to be using her real name more, she maintains her familiar musical style as well as the melodramatic vibe of her previous works.

📍 Fuzz Live Music Club, Patriarchou Ioakim 1, Moschato Tavros, Greece, +30 21 0345 0817

EVENT | May The Force Be With You

📅 December 10th at 2 PM

Star Wars fans from Greece unite! The Athens Star Wars Day 2016 is the first meeting of Star Wars Greek fans. Visitors can come dressed up as their favorite character and get together with like-minded people and enjoy a series of events such as an exhibition, a thematic luncheon, and many other surprises.

📍 Arxitektoniki Gazi, 118 54, Elasidon 6, Athens, Greece

MUSIC | Join The Johann Strauss Ensemble At The Megaro Mousikis Hall

📅 December 10th-11th

For two nights, be transported to Vienna. Thanks to the Johann Strauss Ensemble, under the direction of Russell McGregor, the Athens Concert Hall will be filled with Viennese waltzes. The ensemble will be joined by soprano Vassiliki Karayanni for a unique show full of magic and amazement.

📍 Athens Concert Hall – Megaro Mousikis, Leof. Vasilissis Sofias, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0728 2333

EVENT | Do A Good Deed And Make Someone Else Happy

📅 December 10th

The Kivotos Astegon Association invites you to join and help feed the less fortunate. Meet at Syntagma metro exit on Saturday, December 10th at 10:00 am to help feed and bring a smile, big or small, to those in need. Make sure to bring a bag of groceries (bread, cookies, fruit, cheese, chocolate, and water) to do your part. For more information, check the Facebook page.

📍 Syntagma, Athens, Greece

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th

ART | Enter The Gateway To History At The Byzantine And Christian Museum

📅 Until February

A renowned Saint Petersburg museum lends Athens one of its permanent collections. For the first time, the State Hermitage Museum: Gateway to History will be on display until the new year at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens. Together, over 80 works, including ancient artifacts, paintings, and sculptures, will be on display in the Greek capital under the aegis of the ‘Russian Year in Greece and the Greek Year in Russia’ events.

📍 Byzantine & Christian Museum, Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 22, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0723 1570

BALLET | Fall In Love With A Christmas Classic All Over Again

📅 December 16th-30th

With the wonderful music of Tchaikovsky, the famous Russian Ballet Theater will be on stage at the stunning Municipal Theatre of Piraeus performing the 124-year-old ballet The Nutcracker, a famous ballet known around the world. Young and old are sure to enjoy this fantastic performance.

📍 Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, Leof. Ir. Politechniou 34, Pireas, Greece, +30 21 0414 3300

THEATER | Discover The Power Of Poetry And Memory

📅 December 16th-18th

Tiago Rodriguez’s By Heart is an innovative take on learning things by heart. Watch as he teaches ten volunteers from the audience a Shakespeare’s sonnet while introducing bits of his personal story with famous writers’ tales and texts. The performance is part of the Shakespeare 400, a cultural program taking place around the world to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

📍 Onassis Cultural Centre, 107-109, Syngrou Ave, Λεωφόρος Συγγρού 107-109, Αθήνα, Athens, Greece, +30 21 3017 8000

BALLET | Celebrate Christmas At The Megaron Concert Hall With The Snow Queen

📅 December 17th-28th

Blame it on Christmas or the beauty of this art, but December is a month of ballets and classical works. For 16 exclusive performances, the Megaro Mousikis Concert Hall welcomes the Kiev National Opera Ballet who will be performing The Snow Queen, a ballet based on the well-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Check the website for more information on the dates.

📍 Megaro Mousikis Concert Hall, Leof. Vasilissis Sofias, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0728 2333

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th

MUSIC | Get Heavy With Boris At Fuzz Live Music Club

📅 December 21st

Over the years, Japanese trio Boris has successfully managed to establish itself as one of the most adventurous bands in heavy rock music. Covering various genres such as doom, drone, sludge, post-rock and noise rock, the band will be performing at mythic Fuzz Club for a night. Don’t miss your chance to finish the year with their music in your ears.

📍Fuzz Live Music Club, Patriarchou Ioakim 1, Moschato Tavros, Greece, +30 21 0345 0817

SHOW | Explore The Vibrant American Southwest With Momix’s Latest Work

📅 December 21st-26th

Discover Momix’s work with Opus Cactus, a creative show mixing art and choreography. Originally designed to be a 20-minute performance, Opus Cactus takes you on a journey through the American Southwest and creatively brings cacti, slithering lizards, and fire dancers to life.

Tickets: from 15 euros

📍Pallas Theater, Voukourestiou 5, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0321 3100

THEATER | A Performance Where Film Meets Theater At The Onassis Cultural Centre

📅 December 25-30, 2016 & January 2-8, 2017

Spice up your Christmas day and get cultural at High and low—a murderer in Tokyo, a unique take on Akira Kurosawa’s film based on Ed McBain’s novel. Incorporating bits of film and installation art and other tricks, Syllas Tzoumerkas and Youla Boudali seamlessly blend theater and film, producing a unique creation.

📍Onassis Cultural Centre, 107-109, Syngrou Ave, Λεωφόρος Συγγρού 107-109, Αθήνα, Athens, Greece, +30 21 3017 8000

EVENT | Visit The Christmas Factory In Gazi

📅 Until January 2, 2017

Why not have a digestive walk after your Christmas dinner and enjoy the festive mood at the Christmas Factory? Discover the Magic Christmas Tree, a tree full of colorful ornaments made by elves, and have fun partaking in the various activities on offer.

📍 Technopolis, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0346 1589

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st

EVENT | Close The New Year In A Unique Way

📅 December 31st

Don’t have any set plans for New Year’s Eve yet? If you like to live on the edge by not making plans, then the FSI’s New Year’s event is for you. Not much is known yet, except the date, but it promises to be a memorable night. Check the Facebook’s event page to learn more about it in due time, and remember to have fun.

📍 Location to be announced

EXHIBITION | See A Rare Sculpture At The Acropolis Museum

📅 Until March 2017

A rare artifact of the Hellenistic period will be on display for another three months, but it’s the last week of the year, so try doing something different. Take a walk on Dionysiou Aeropagitou and drop by the museum to admire the ancient bronze horseman, a unique vestige of the past caught in fishing nets off the coast of Kalymnos.

📍 Acropolis Museum, Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0900 0900