While Christmas is (generally speaking) a more low-key affair in Greece than some other European countries, Thessaloniki is quickly becoming an exception to the rule, with a fun array of Christmas events taking place all over the city.
From Christmassy fun fairs to even its own European-style market, the Thessaloniki Christmas Market scene is a surprising find for those who plan a winter time visit.
So whether you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Thessaloniki Christmas Market is like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of Thessaloniki Christmas Market, with official dates, hotel recommendations, and locations.
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! If you have any personal tips from first-hand experience to add, let us know in the comments so we can improve this guide!
Thessaloniki Christmas Market 2023 Hotels
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Thessaloniki Christmas Market Dates
According to this event page, this year’s edition of Thessaloniki Christmas Market will take place Nov 25 – 26, 2023.
Thessaloniki Christmas Market Locations
There are many Christmas markets and events you can experience in Thessaloniki during the festive season. Here are some of the most popular ones you can’t miss.
Aristotelous Square Christmas Market
While there are smaller celebrations found throughout the city in individual neighbourhoods, the main Christmas market in Thessaloniki can be found between between Aristotelous Square and the Roman Agora.
Here, you’ll find a fun assortment of entertainment for visitors of all ages, from carousels and concerts to food stalls selling all kinds of festive treats.
Thessaloniki European Christmas Village
In 2019, the first European-style Christmas market was set up in Thessaloniki at the area around the statue of Venizelos, with wooden chalets selling classic Christmas market food and gifts.
If you’re looking for a small taste of the classic European Christmas market experience, this is one Thessaloniki Christmas Market you don’t want to miss!
Thessaloniki Christmas Flea Market
For an indoor Christmas market experience in Thessaloniki, look no further than the holiday edition of the Thessaloniki Flea Market, which takes place in a cool warehouse space at the Port of Thessaloniki.
This Thessaloniki Christmas market is the perfect place to stock up on budget (and eco) friendly gifts, whether for yourself, or loved ones!
For a festive fun park experience in Thessaloniki, one of the can’t-miss events of the season is Asterokosmos, which takes place at the TIF HELEXPO every year.
Here, you’ll find epic rides, games, ice rinks, beautiful Christmassy illuminations, and all kinds of entertainment, from acrobats to puppets. There’s even a Santa’s House on site, and a cute little elves’ village.
Other Christmassy Spots in Thessaloniki
Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that there are many beautifully decorated areas to visit in Thessaloniki that offer a great festive vibe, even if there aren’t market stalls to browse. Some spots to explore include…
- Tsimiski Avenue (shopping district)
- Ladadika (with many restaurants, bars, etc.)
- Mediterranean Cosmos Thessaloniki (the largest shopping center in Northern Greece)
Help Us Improve This Thessaloniki Christmas Market Guide!
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I will be visiting Thessaloniki the December (2022). can you please indicate the days and time of Christmas markets opening.
Hi Fabiola, this news article gives a lot more detail about this year’s festivities in Thessaloniki. It looks like the Christmas tree will officially be lit on Dec 7, but it is unclear whether the markets will open the same day, or earlier. Hope that helps: https://www.thestival.gr/eidiseis/autodioikisi/etsi-tha-stolistei-i-thessaloniki-gia-ta/