Average Temperature: 12℃
Chances of Rain: December is usually rainy, but the chances of rain reduce as the month moves on. You might get an average of 11 days of rain in December, with cloudy weather on other days.
What to Wear: The temperatures drop in December, and the weather becomes slightly breezy and chilly. A moderate sweater would be enough to keep you warm for the month of December in Athens if you are comfortable in the cold, else something slightly warmer.
A climb up Mount Lycabettus would give you a vantage point from where you can watch the city skyline.
Head to Syntagma Square where the public gathers for a night of wild New Year celebrations.
As prevalent in most cities, pubs and bars in the city get jam-packed with party-goers looking to celebrate.
Another slower way to celebrate New Year is to truly appreciate the arts! Head to the Olympia Theatre to catch a Greek opera.
You never know what the new year is going to bring, so why not head to Mount Parnes Casino to find out?
For those who want to avoid large crowds and loud music, you could always head to the outskirts of Athens for a good camping trip.
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Metro: Athens has three metro lines that run from 5 am to 12 am on weekdays, and till 2:20 a.m. on weekdays and make multiple stops in and around Athens. The last metro on New Year's Eve will be at 11 pm.
Bus: There are numerous downtown bus routes and four express airport routes on which buses run. You can get flat fare tickets for rides within 90 minutes for $1.50 per person. Buses run only till 10 pm on New Year's Eve.
Tram: Three tram lines run between downtown and coastal cities like Palaio Faliro, Moschato and Glyfada. They operate from 5.30 am till 12:30 a.m. on weekdays and till 2:30 a.m. on weekends. The last tram on New Year's Eve will be at 11 pm.
New Year in Athens is a festive mix of fireworks, drinks, music, food and year old traditions.
On New Years, you could join the crowd at bars and pubs, or grab a bottle of wine and climb Mount Lycabettus to watch the fireworks.
If you’d like to keep away from the crowd, there are options to celebrate New Year at quieter neighboring towns or go ice-skating at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
The festive season in Athens is great for kids, where you can visit the Christmas markets, take a walking tour or roam the illuminated streets celebrating.
Athens attracts a lot of tourists and can get crowded on New Years.
Athens is a safe city in general, however beware of petty theft on public transport in Athens.
Buy tickets to the Hilton’s, Gazarte’s or 360 Bar’s New Year’s Eve party.
The Plaka and Mount Lycabettus in the city centre is a great spot for a fun community viewing of the New Year fireworks.
December can be chilly, and is one of the wettest months of the year, averaging 15℃.
Athens is warmer than other European cities in winter and therefore a good choice for those who prefer warmth.
Hang onions and pomegranates on the door, and fill your pockets with coins or sweets to distribute to children in exchange for carols.
Greeks prepare reddened beef stew, tomato and orzo soup, Vasilopita, and Greek cabbage salad.