Nafplio - Christmas celebrations 2018, "A city, a fairy tale ..."

This year's Christmas celebrations have typically begun in Nafplio, with the illumination of the Christmas tree in Syntagma Square on Sunday, December 9th 2018, with many musical events, surprises for the children and... a concert by Phoevos Delivorias!

Within the Events program, which the Municipality of Nafplio has designed for this year's Christmas Celebrations, "The Elves Shoemakers" will be starring in the Three Admirals' Square (City Hall) in Nafplio.
Inside the most distinctive workshop of the North Pole, "Kourabies", the scandalous Elf and Santa Claus's chief Assistant, will wait for the children, parents and visitors of the city to meet and guide them in the traditional way of the Christmas country and remind them of arts and professions that are lost over time.

From December 15th 2018, Santa Claus is Coming to our town, offers gifts and is photographed with children and adults, with the enormous elves' Shoe as a background.

Visitors walking around the old city of Nafplio, meet on Aristotle Onassis Street the Christmas Luna Park with the huge Wheel and everyone will be able to enjoy the ride for free 20 meters above the ground; to admire the city from above and touch the stars!

Within a festive and cheerful atmosphere, the ice rink at Filellinon Square is due to provide one of our favorite amusements of the winter. Skating for young and old, experienced and beginners in the Christmas Nafplio!

Christmas and New Year's Eve in... the Enchanted Railway Station!
Santa Claus awaits his friends, young and old, at OSE's "Enchanted Railway Station" in Nafplio... to host them in his impressive home. Our little friends will enjoy sweets, many delicacies and will travel to the world of fairy tales.
Toys, amusement park, lots of surprises, animateurs, stilt walkers and spectacular fireworks will fill the pedestrian road of the park!

Festivities Main Program

December 9th 2018

Our city, its local municipal departments and their every corner are being illuminated, spreading the spirit of Christmas everywhere. 19:00 - The Christmas tree lights up and along with it our hope for an even better future.
After the lighting of the Christmas tree, Phoevos Delivorias and his band will perform in Nafplio Syntagma Square.

From December 9th until December 30th 2018
In the Swimming Pool's Canteen, from 10:00-14:00 and from 16:00-20:00, the "Don Pinello" Nursery Station will guide us in the magic of the festivities through the Christmas Children's Library, that is hosted at the Canteen area.

From Friday 14/12/2018 to Sunday 23/12/2018, Railway Station's Opening Hours are 11:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00.

Wednesday, December 12th and Thursday, December 13th 2018
18:00 to 21:00 - Trianon: The "Palataki" Nursery Station presents Christmas events. Starring the Santa Himself!...

Friday, December 14th 2018
16:00 to 18:00 - "Fougaro": Christmas Party from the Disabled Club of Fougaro, with music, movement, balloons and christmas piñata!
18:30 - Swimming Pool's Canteen: Christmas story telling from the "Don Pinello" Nursery Station 

Saturday, December 15th 2018
12:00 - "Fougaro" New Library. We read fairy tales and myths: "Kalikatzaros Elf saves the Kalikatzaro-village". Narrator is Mrs. Katerina Delopoulou.
17:30 - Trianon: the Parents Association of the 5th Primary School of Nafplio present a Christmas theatrical performance by the students of the School, entitled "Summer Night Dream", a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare.

Sunday, December 16th 2018
11:00 - Syntagma Square: the children of the Greek Dancing Workshop sing, chant for Christmas and dance inspired by the tradition of the Twelve Days' festive period.
12.00 - Vouleftiko: "Christmas Musical Journeys" by students of the Municipal Conservatory of Nafplio "K. Nonis"
12:00 - "Fougaro" New Library. We read stories and myths: "Christmas Fairy Tale". Narrator is Mrs. Fouli Louka.
17:30 - Trianon: the Parents Association of the 5th Primary School of Nafplio present a Christmas theatrical performance by the students of the School, entitled "Summer Night Dream", a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare.
16:00 to 20:30 - Vouleftiko: the Nafplio Conservatory of Mrs. Angeliki Mavrouli presents a Christmas concert of the Conservatory's students, with Christmas melodies and songs from individual performances and ensembles, as well as chorus.

Monday, December 17th 2018
19:00 - Trianon: the first grade young students of the 1st Primary School of Nafplio organize a celebration entitled "A magical night". The magical Christmas night, 25 lead soldiers come alive and proclaim the message of love, while in the village, Santa Claus receives the children's letters, noticing with worry the change of nature.

Tuesday, December 18th 2018
10:00 - Trianon: The children of the 2nd Kindergarten School of Nafplion and their teacher present a Christmas event on "The Christmas Embrace". The surprises will be many and lovely!
12:30 - "KAPI" (Elders Open Care Day Station) of Nafplio Municipality: Speech from the writer Mr. Mary Panagiotou on "The life of Alexandros Papadiamantis".

Τετάρτη 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2018
09.00 - 2nd Kindergarten school: The children of the School are having their Christmas celebration.
10.00-12.00, "If Christmas Was ...": Students of the 2nd and 3rd grade of the 1st Elementary School of Nafplion will take a trip in festive "affairs"...
19.00 - Trianon: Christmas celebration of the Nursery, Preschool and Kindergarten "Don Pinello", with the project "Which country has the most beautiful Christmas custom?"
Scandalous elves travel to various countries and show us their Christmas customs ... with lots of surprises!

Wednesday, December 19th 2018 until Saturday, January 6th 2019
11.00 to 22.00 - Trianon: The team of artisans "Artifact" with the Psoriasis Patient Support Association "Calypso" are presenting a Christmas exhibition in the foyer of "Trianon" Theater.

Thursday, December 20th 2018
10.00 - 12.00, "Where did Christmas go?": The pupils of the 2nd grade of the 4th Primary School of Nafplion will search for Christmas through a theatrical performance, while the pupils of 6th grade sing christmas songs in the streets of the old town.
19:00 - Trianon: The model Nursery & Preschool "Chloe" invite us to the Christmas show entitled "The Christmas Games". A call to all the beautiful memories and elements that surround our customs with the ultimate purpose of decorating and brightly illuminate the Christmas Tree.
19:30 - "Vouleftiko" (First Parliament Building): Celebration with Christmas Byzantine hymns, carols and songs from various regions of Hellenism with the musical group "Byzantine and Traditional Echoes" in teaching and direction of Constantine Routoulas.

Friday, December 21st 2018
13:00 - Santa Claus House: Christmas Tales in the Santa Claus House, by members of the Nafplio Cultural Portal.

Saturday, December 22nd 2018
11:30 - 13:00, "Five minutes' Fairy Tales": Narratives of small and quick Christmas festive fairy tales, accompanied by impressive theatrical techniques, melodies and brilliant constructions by the animators of "Theatrodromio" (the Nafplion Theater Routes).
13:00 - Santa Claus House: Christmas Tales in the Santa Claus House, by members of the Nafplio Cultural Portal.
10:30 - Swimming Pool's Canteen: The Association of Parents of Infants and Children of the Nafplion Preschool Stations has organized a Christmas party for the little ones with events, music and festive dishes.
11.00 - National Gallery - Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Nafplion Branch: Christmas handworks at the Children's Workshop of Art, with the artist Magda Mara.
19.00 - Vouleftiko: Christmas Gala. The maestro Theodosis Antoniadis presents a concert and celebration for young and old, with gifts and surprises. With love and a cheerful mood, the Children's Choir of Nafplio, the "Tamperamento", the Vocal group "Symfonia" of Nafplio and the Bandina of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nafplio are accompanying. 
12:00 - "Fougaro" New Library. We read stories and myths: "The girl with the matches". Narrator is Vassiliki Anastasopoulou.

Saturday, December 22nd & Sunday, December 23rd 2018 
19:00 - Trianon: "The Nutcracker". The Municipality of Nafplio, in collaboration with the ballet school "En choro" are presenting the play "The Nutcracker" with music by Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky. The students of the school and the dancer Elias Maniatopoulos are presenting Ballet in Two Acts with eilogue, in adaptation - choreography by Mrs. Konstantina Themeli.

Sunday, December 23rd 2018
13:00 - Santa Claus House: Christmas Tales in the Santa Claus House, by members of the Nafplio Cultural Portal.
19.00 - Vouleftiko: Concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nafplio, performing works by Greek and foreign composers, with reference to various types of music, naturally in a most festive mood. Teaching - Direction: Conductor Theodosis Antoniadis.
12:00 - "Fougaro" New Library: We read stories and myths: "The "kourabie" sweets of the "Koutourou" Witch". Narrator is Mrs. Rita Zikidou.

Monday, December 24th 2018 
(Railway Station's Opening Hours are 11:00 - 21:00
Christmas Carols from the Philharmonic band of Nafplion in the streets of the city.
11:00 - The Choral Workshop of Nafplio sings carols and Christmas hymns to charitable foundations of Nafplio Municipality.
12:30 - "Save the Forest", theatrical performance
20.00 - "The Universe Celebrates ...": The Mixed Polyphonic Choir of Nafplion and the Youth Choir start from the Holy Trinity Church in "Pronia" neighborhood and chant the Birth of Christ in the streets and squares of Nafplio, under the direction of maestro Mr. Theodosis Antoniadis.

(From Tuesday 25/12/2018 to Sunday 30/12/2018, Railway Station's Opening Hours are 11:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00)

Wednesday, December 26th 2018
18.00 - Trianon: Experimental Stage of D.O.P.P.A.T presents the fairy tale of Eugene Trivizas "The child and the tree."
18:00 to 20:00 - "Fougaro": Christmas Party for all the children... with snow, music, games and many surprises! Santa's Sack opens for all children and is handing out presents!

Thursday, December 27th 2018
12:00 - Santa's House: Theatrical play with songs and paintings at Santa's House, by members of the Nafplio Cultural Portal.
18.00 - Trianon: Experimental Stage of D.O.P.P.A.T presents the fairy tale of Eugene Trivizas "The child and the tree."
20:00 - Vouleftiko: "We sing for our fellow man". The Children's Choir of D.O.P.P.A.T and the Choral Workshop of Nafplio, under the direction of Mr. Yannis Nikolopoulos, sing for the fellow man well-known and beloved melodies.
The concert is given for charity. Food will be gathered for the Social Grocery store of the Nafplio Cultural Portal.

Friday, December 28th 2018 
12:00 - "True Santa's gifts are for all the children". The Center for Speech Therapy and Creative Occupation "Dimiourgo" (I create) is waiting for us to get to know what are ultimately the real gifts? Children will create Christmas handworks.
12:00 - Santa's House: Fairy tales and songs at Santa's House, by members of the Nafplio Cultural Portal.
18.00 - Vouleftiko: "The magic of Christmas is the children themselves". The "Proskinio" Artistic Group presents dramatized Christmas stories for children, with the participation of the "Telesilla" Children's Choir and conducted by Mr. Nikos Capetanios.
19:00 - National Gallery - Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Nafplion Branch: A tour in Modern Art works, recounting the birth of Christ or depicting artistically the Christmas scenes, customs and traditions, by the art historian Mrs. Lamprini Karakourti - Orfanopoulos.

Saturday, December 29th 2018
12:00 - Confectionery Workshop: The Center for Speech Therapy and Creative Occupation "Dimiourgo" (I create) is waiting for us in the Confectionery, to knead the cookies for Santa Claus.
12:00 - Santa's House: Fairy tales and songs at Santa's House, by members of the Nafplio Cultural Portal.
12:30 - Theatrical performance "O Pseftasteris" (The false star-man).
12:00 - "Fougaro" New Library: We read stories and myths: «Olivia, a wonderful New Year's Eve». Narrator is Mrs. Katerina Delopoulou.

Sunday, December 30th 2018
11:00-12:30 - "The dwarf shoe": Traditional tales that enchant, fascinate the thought and imagination, with the "Fairy tales lady-narrators of Nafplio".
12:00 - "Fougaro" New Library: We read stories and myths: "The Story of old New Year's man". Narrator is Mrs. Christina Tsekoura.

Monday, December 31st 2018 
(Railway Station's Opening Hours 11:00-21:00)
New Year's Carols from the Philharmonic of D.O.P.P.A.T Nafplion in the city streets.
12:30 - Theatrical performance "The false of Christmas"

(From Tuesday 01/01/2019 until Saturday 05/01/2019, Railway Station's Opening Hours are 11:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00)

Tuesday, January the 1st 2019, New Year's Eve
Doxology at St. George's Cathedral of Nafplio with the presence of the Nafplio Philharmonic Band of D.O.P.P.A.T., performing under the direction of conductor Theodosis Antoniades.
18:00 to 20:00 - "Fougaro": New Year's Party for adults and children with music, dancing, games and giant bubbles, with the clown "Livelloula"!

Thursday, January 3rd 2019
18:00 - "Fougaro" Le Café : the "Fairy tales lady-narrators of Nafplio" are starting telling their fairy tales with carols and drums. With them, you will enter a lighted gate and you will find yourselves in the place, where everything might happen...! Festive tales will be narrated, since the time that the sea was sweet and the sky was very close...

Saturday, January 5th 2019 
12:30 - Theatrical play entitled «Save the woods»
20.00 - Vouleftiko: Concert for the new year, with a flashback to light artistic and popular repertoire. Soloists are participating, also the "Symphony" Women's Vocal Ensemble of Nafplio along with orchestra. Preparation - Conduction: Mr. Theodosis Antoniadis.

Sunday, January 6th 2019 - Holy Epiphany
(Railway Station's Opening Hours are 11:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00)
The Philharmonic Band of D.O.P.P.A.T of Nafplio is participating in the Blessing of waters, under the direction of conductor Mr. Theodosis Antoniades.

Christmas Bazaars

Sunday, December 9th 2018
16.00 to 20.00 - Trianon: the Municipality of Nafplio is hosting the Foundation for Children «To hamogelo tou pediou» (The smile of the child) with a bazaar that presents the handworks of its children.
The Smile of the Child Foundation is not addressed to some, it does not belong to the few. It is addressed to all children and belongs to all those who share the same Vision and Values: Care, Dignity and Equality for every child in our country.
We are waiting for you all!

December 15th and 16th 2018
11:00 -18:00 - Syntagma Square: The Social Charity and Love Market invites you to visit and to support it.

The Christmas Love Market is open from 21/12/2018 to 23/12/2018.
The opening hours for Friday, December 21st are 15:00 to 21:00 and for the weekend 22-23 of December 2018 are 12:00 to 18:00.


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