The biggest and most festive Christmas Market in Greece is called Oniroupoli, and it’s held in the town of Drama every December and January. Many foreigners have never heard of the Drama Christmas Market, which is a shame, because if you want to experience a magical Greek Christmas, Drama should be your first stop!
We spoke with representatives from the Hotel Association of Drama, the local tourism organization in the town, to help you get everything you need to plan the perfect visit to the Oniroupoli Christmas Market this year!
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How to Visit Oniroupoli, the Drama Christmas Market
Here’s everything you need to know to plan your trip to the Oniroupli Christmas Market:
What are the dates and times for the 2019 Drama Christmas Market?
The market opens on the first of December and runs through the fourth of January. You can visit the market each day from 10 am until 10 pm.
Where is the market located?
You’ll find the Drama Christmas Market set up in the Municipal Garden and the center of town.
What kind of entertainment will there be for adults?
There are special concerts, outdoor markets, ice skating, and handicrafts for sale.
In addition to the festivities for adults like ice skating, children can also visit the booths for face painting, meeting with Santa Claus, special holiday games, and special youth activities like cooking and creating ornaments.
What kind of goods will be for sale?
Visitors will find booths with ornaments, Greek souvenirs, drinks, and food for sale.
What kind of food and drinks will be available?
Is there a ticket price to get into the events?
There is no ticket price to visit the Christmas market.
Are there any other special festivities in Drama this December or January that travelers might want to attend?
Drama is a great destination to visit year-round! During the year, you can enjoy the caves, alternative tourism, wineries, and nearby monasteries.
In Drama in winter, you can enjoy Marathon races and there are traditional “Dionysian customs” held in January, in addition to visiting the ski resort at Falko.
How can travelers learn more?
We have our own recommendations and resources for visiting Greece below. I want to thank the Hotel Association of Drama for answering our questions about this spectacular event! For more detailed information about the market, check out Visit Drama.
Where to stay in Drama
We’re in the process of creating comprehensive guides on where to stay in various Greek cities, but for now, we recommend checking out Booking.com as early as possible since this is a popular time to visit the city.
What to Pack for Greece in Winter
We have an entire Greece packing list that includes exactly what to bring to dress for winter in Greece, but here are some essentials you don’t want to miss!
A Guidebook – While travel blogs are great, we also definitely see the benefit of having a good paper guidebook in hand to refer to in your on-the-ground travel. We own and recommend the Lonely Planet Greece book.
An ultra-light down jacket: You can wear this on its own or pair it with a warmer jacket for colder days. This rolls up and packs easily in your day bag so it’s good to bring along – I have one really similar to this (women’s) but there’s a men’s version as well. If you really want to be warm, I recommend a winter jacket like this North Face parka which I’ve owned for years and years.
Motion sickness pills: Great for bus rides especially on mountain roads such as if you’re going to Meteora – I buy these non-drowsy ones. You can also try these natural motion sickness bands which use acupressure to reduce nausea – they actually work pretty well.
More Greece Travel Resources
We also have Athens safety tips so your trip can be hassle-free. We are currently working on our mega-post of things to do in Athens as well as our itineraries, so stay tuned!
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Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
I’m sure you’re aware that it’s a good idea to have travel insurance for traveling in Greece, the Balkans, or anywhere in the world!
Allison and I have both been paying customers of World Nomads for the last three years. We love the peace of mind it gives us in case of emergencies, accidents, illnesses, theft, or trip cancellation or disruption.
While Athens is safe, there’s always a risk inherent in everyday travel like theft or injury, so it’s better to play it safe. The saying goes “if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel,” and we think it’s true!
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Stephanie has been living in and traveling around the Balkans for the past three years. She’s written for National Geographic Online, appeared on CNN Arabic and in the New York Times, and ridden more Balkan buses than is good for a person.