The SNFCC Christmas World comes to life in December!
04 December 2019

Once again this year, everyone and everything at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)—from the people, to the trees, to the fountains—is putting on their most dazzling festive attire. All are invited to come enjoy the magical world they create!

An Ice Rink at the Canal, light Installations at Stavros Niarchos Park, huge Christmas trees at the Agora, a festive party on November 30, and a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration are just a sampling of what has made the SNFCC a favorite holiday destination and made visiting a Christmas tradition for thousands.

At the Christmas World, which comes to life again this year through an exclusive grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), all of December is full of festivities, and each day holds new surprises. Games, creative activities, arts, and sports will make this holiday season genuinely special for visitors of all ages.

Festive Lights illuminate the SNFCC!

On Saturday, November 30, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) Christmas World came to life in a—literally—dazzling show, with 40.000 visitors joining the festivities!

Thousands of Christmas lights twinkled on trees along the Canal, lavishly decorated tall Christmas trees at the Agora were revealed in all their glory, and the light installations in the Stavros Niarchos Park playfully interacted with visitors. The Ice Rink once again came alive as the first skaters glided on fresh ice to the sounds of the Greek National Opera’s Children Choir. And of course, Christmas tunes accompanied the water shows of the Canal’s Dancing Fountains!

The celebration culminated with the traditional party at the Agora. This year we hit the ground dancing with soul queen Idra Kayne as her live Christmas-themed concert sets the festive tone.

New Year’s Eve at the SNFCC!
On December 31, the Christmas World of the SNFCC reaches the peak of its glory with a New Year’s Eve celebration that in recent years has become an annual rite for thousands of visitors of all ages from Athens and beyond.

Just a few minutes after midnight, visitors will welcome 2020 by taking part in the SNF RUN: 2020 FIRST RUN at the SNFCC Christmas World! This year, runners’ participation and an additional contribution from SNF will go toward supporting nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping vulnerable children. This year’s partner organizations are the Spring Children, Angels of Joy, and the “Good Shepherd” Minors Protection Association of Piraeus. Live commentary on the SNF RUN: 2020 FIRST RUN will be provided by iMEdD Managing Director, SNF DIALOGUES Executive Director and Journalist, Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

At the same time, the Dancing Fountains at the Canal welcome the New Year with two spectacular new shows featuring favorite melodies and original water choreographies. The evening culminates with a majestic DJ set by Eddie Piller, a legendary artist on the British music scene of the last 40 years!

And on New Year’s Day, be sure not to miss the live broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert!

The SNFCC Christmas World comes to life through an exclusive grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

The December 31 event will be livestreamed at

See the full December program here.