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A Guide to New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Athens!

As the year’s final moments tick away, Athens prepares to wave goodbye to the old and welcome the new. Here, we will unravel the tapestry of New Year’s Eve festivities awaiting you in the heart of Athens. 

From dazzling fireworks to electrifying music, you can now navigate the city’s vibrant celebrations, ensuring you don’t miss a beat of the exhilarating countdown to a brand new year. 

Quickly trip to the excitement, glamor, and anticipation that make Athens the perfect destination for ringing in 2024 with the best mood! 

Musical Extravaganza & Fireworks Spectacle

On the eve of December 31st, don your festive attire for a night filled with dazzling fireworks, live music, an epic party, the inaugural road race of the year, and late-night skating under the stars at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The New Year’s Eve festivities will kick off at 22:30 with Afro-Greek sensation Idra Kayne leading a 10-member orchestra through a sensational musical journey spanning disco, soul, hip hop, and RnB hits from the 80s to today. 

Photo credits: SNF (Stavros Niarchos Foundation)

From the timeless tunes of Donna Summer to the contemporary beats of Dua Lipa, you’ll be grooving to iconic tracks that transcend eras. As the clock ticks, the sky over Athens will be illuminated by a breathtaking fireworks display, marking the beginning of the SNF RUN: 2024 FIRST RUN, an annual road race organized by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). 

Eclectic Beats

Embrace the night with a massive party featuring renowned DJs, including the legendary Bill Brewster, co-founder of London’s iconic Fabric Club. Known for his eclectic mix of genres, Brewster will spin everything from acid house to hip hop, creating a party atmosphere where everyone can lose themselves in the music.

Perform an age-old Greek tradition of breaking a pomegranate from the 29th to the 31st of December, an emblematic gesture synonymous with prosperity and good fortune. Get into a world of literature at the grandiose Booktopia Group’s two-day festive book fair. This jubilant affair promises literary delights plethora, accompanied by engaging activities, delectable snacks, and delightful gifts. 

It takes place at the Kypseli Municipal Market, serving as a picturesque venue – definitely a must-to-visit, where the festivities unfold from 10 am to 10 pm, offering an opulent celebration of culture and knowledge. Be there and discover also the cozy, hippy, artistic, and loose lifestyle of the people in folk neighborhoods! 

Glamour & Late-Night Skating 

The celebration continues with the mesmerizing choreography of the Fountains in the Canal, while hosts Nadia Kontogeorgi and Minos Theocharis will add a touch of glamor to the proceedings. The ice rink and Stavros Niarchos Park will stay open until 02:00, offering a unique opportunity to welcome the new year with ice skating and enjoying the impressive Lighting Installations. Delightful treats and surprises complete the enchanting New Year’s Eve scene at the SNFCC.  

Photo credits: SNF

Can’t make it in person? No worries! The festive program at SNFCC will be broadcast live on ERT2 and the website, ensuring that the spirit of the celebration reaches far and wide. Make memories and welcome 2024 in grand style at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. 

Majestic Tribute to Elvis Presley’s Timeless Legacy

Staying at the SNFCC Christmas World on January 7th, the energy for the new year is cranked up a notch. In the heart of the SNFCC, the Agora transforms into a lively celebration for one unforgettable night as the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, comes to life, inviting everyone to join the festivities with free entry. 

In homage to Elvis at the SNFCC, musicians from Athens’ most authentic rock and roll bands—DK & The Band, Jitterbugs, and HiRollers—come together for a delightful evening covering his extensive discography. From classics to iconic hits and from the energetic to the romantic tunes, the tribute promises to capture the essence of Elvis’ musical legacy. 

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2024 live from Syntagma Square!

As the clock ticks down on New Year’s Eve, all roads lead to Syntagma Square! Join the festivities hosted by a dynamic TV duo of the national channel show. Bid farewell to 2023 with an audiovisual extravaganza featuring live music, dance, dazzling fireworks, glitter, and surprises. Embrace the arrival of 2024 with optimism and joy. Stay tuned for the exciting announcement of the star-studded line-up for the first live concert of the year! Meanwhile, see all the details about the meeting point and the time not to be late for your resolution party.

New Year’s Eve Party – 2024 kicks off at the Varvakeio Agora!

Feel like going to a party rather than to a gathering? At Varvakeio, New Year’s Eve celebrations will go big, so head to the city’s central market for the most special party of the year. Street Outdoors transforms the Varvakeio Agora into a vibrant dance floor, where renowned DJs and producers will spin tunes to turn our wishes into music. 

Join everyone in the heart of Athens for a spirited dance party, keeping the energy high well into the early morning as we welcome 2024 with style. Take notes: On the night of December 31st, from 11 pm to 5 am, anticipate the grandest open-air celebration of the year as Street Outdoors transforms the Varvakios Food Market, featuring a highly anticipated special guest.

Photo Credits: Athens City Festival

As the curtains draw to a close on this year’s revelry, Athens whispers its final goodnight to a flow of memories. Until our paths cross again, may you celebrate wandering at one of the above city’s glow up events!   

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