These holidays, the Christmas World of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is filled with music and invites the public to watch a rich program with different sounds for all tastes.

In the Cosmos section, two concerts will flood the Stavros Niarchos Hall with melodies: on December 11 the intercultural symphony orchestra and the youth choir of El Sistema Greece welcome the audience with Christmas songs from the five continents, while, remaining in a festive mood, today the At Christmas, the ERT National Symphony Orchestra presents the “Papageno Holidays”, a musical performance inspired by Mozart’s “Magic Flute”.

The SNFCC Youth Council is also part of the big celebration, organizing a series of different activities. Up-and-coming bands will be presented at Stavros Niarchos Park, setting the pace with a series of open air gigs. The music and dancing, however, do not stop there – a set of headphones, two DJs with a simultaneous presence and an impressive lighting installation in the Dome are what are needed for a successful Silent Disco Party.

The holiday season will be closed with a delightful concert in the Agora dedicated to the king of rock and roll Elvis Presley (07/01) which will cover his entire discography. In addition, throughout the holidays (23/12 – 07/01) the 360° Christmas Pop-Up Bar at the SNFCC Lighthouse awaits guests with DJ sets from well-known producers combined with Christmas cocktails and a wonderful view of the city.

All concerts are held thanks to the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

The program in detail:

-Cosmos: El Sistema Greece – Christmas journey with carols from around the world

Monday 11 December at 20.00

Stavros Niarchos Hall

KPSIN welcomes to the Stavros Niarchos Hall the intercultural symphony orchestra and youth choir of El Sistema Greece for an exciting Christmas journey around the world.

More than 80 children and young people aged 8-26, representing over 30 nationalities, join forces for this great holiday concert. The young artists will present iconic holiday music from five continents while celebrating their cultural roots by performing pieces from their home countries. The concert will be conducted by conductor Kyriako Kountouri. In collaboration with the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University and Associate Professor Dimitra Trypani.

-Cosmos: National Symphony Orchestra of ERT – Papageno’s Celebrations

Monday 25 December at 20.00

Stavros Niarchos Hall

The SNFCC presents in the Stavros Niarchos Hall the musical performance “The Papageno Celebrations”, a collaboration of the ERT National Symphony Orchestra with librettist Sofiaanna Theofanous and composer Tassos Rossopoulos under the musical direction of Michalis Oikonomou and directed by Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou.

-A Tribute to Elvis Presley: Looking for Trouble

Sunday 7 January 2024 at 20.00


The curtain on the SNFCC Christmas World is coming down with even more energy to start the new year with a bang. In the heart of the SNFCC, in the Agora, the king of rock and roll comes alive for one and only night and invites everyone to a celebration with free entry. For the SNFCC’s tribute to Elvis Presley, musicians from the three most “pure-blooded” rock and roll bands of Athens, DK & The Band, Jitterbugs and HiRollers, joined in a delightful evening covering his entire discography, from ” That’s All Right’ and ‘Mystery Train’ to ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and from ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ to ‘It’s Now or Never’, ‘A Little Less Conversation’ and ‘Suspicious Minds’.

-SNFCC Youth Council Silent Disco Party

Saturday 09 December 2023, 22:00 – 02.00


Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme of the Festival of Lighting Installations in Stavros Niarchos Park entitled “Gatherings: meetings of people”, the SNFCC Youth Council is organizing a Christmas Silent Disco Party in the Dome. Under the light of Tom and Lien Dekyvere’s installation Rhizome – a web with different levels of stretched thin ropes that resemble strings – a party will be set up without speakers, but with many wireless headphones. A different kind of gathering, where all the attendees will share a music-dance experience, with headphones remaining a common point of contact. Two DJs (DJ Bellas | DJ Floba ) curate and mix, live, different genres of music allowing the audience to choose what to listen to on their headphones.

-SNFCC Youth Council Open Air Gigs

Tuesday 12/19: Hiraeth & Kostas Sidirokastritis Group

Friday 22/12: Boforia & Pozauli Duo

Friday 29/12: Monozim & Yama

Friday 05/01: Colorgraphs & Billie Kark


Pine tree

As part of the SNFCC Christmas World, the SNFCC Youth Council organizes four Open Air Gigs that highlight emerging representatives of different musical genres, from indie folk and grooves, to traditional sounds and electronic experimentation. Eight different groups come to musically fill the public space, introduce themselves to the public and co-exist – a special meeting of creators, who for the first time will have the opportunity to “convers” with each other. Admission to the concerts is free.

The detailed program of the SNFCC Christmas World can be found on the website as well as on the SNFCC social media pages @SNFCC.