Athenians reclaim their city in winter. From crowd-free monuments to Christmas festivities, carnival parties, and mountain escapes, Athens has some great moves up its sleeve in December, January and February.

Winter casts its own mythical light over the Acropolis.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Great things to do in Athens in December

Athens gets festive in Panepistimiou Avenue.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Syntagma Square lights up for Christmas.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Great things to do in Athens in January

Visit Athens in winter for a different perspective on the city's architectural treasures.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Will you get the lucky coin in the vasilopita?

Photo: Eleni Veziri

Roll out the barrels at a traditional basement taverna.

Photo: Eleni Veziri

Great things to do in Athens in February

Carnival comes to the streets of Athens.

Photo: Amalia Kovaiou

Warm up with meat treats on Smoky Thursday.

Photo: Eleni Veziri