You might have already had a chance to experience the mesmerizing island of Mykonos in the summer, and you’re wondering whether it is worth visiting Greece during the winter months. Mykonos is not only a great vacation spot for a summer holiday, but spending Christmas at the beach in Greece can be like a fairytale. There are numerous reasons why this destination is one of the best places for Christmas vacation – so keep reading to find them out.
Although it is mostly famous for being one of the most popular summer destinations and the best party island – Mykonos has a lot to offer even during the winter season. All of its fine glory during the summer months doesn’t go away during the winter.
You may not be able to enjoy water activities and fun beach clubs during the winter, but there are plenty of other exciting activities and things you can do to experience a new kind of winter vacation and have a memorable Christmas on the beach. If you’re looking for some of the best places to go on Christmas vacation – Mykonos should be on the list.
The weather during December doesn’t turn Mykonos into a snowy Winterland. On the contrary, it is mostly sunny with average temperatures from a low of 46°F (8°C) to a high of 55°F (13°C). Since it has a Mediterranean climate, winters are quite pleasant with low chances of rainfall.
The weather is not good enough for swimming and sunbathing at gorgeous beaches, but it is perfect for hiking around the island, exploring the beautiful towns, and visiting various famous attractions. Although you can’t tan or go for a swim in the sea, you can admire the mesmerizing view of it from a restaurant overlooking one of many beautiful beaches.
One of the most interesting things about spending a Christmas holiday in Greece is having the chance to introduce yourself to the specific winter traditions and customs of Greek people. The locals on Mykonos take winter holidays very seriously, so as a tourist, you will have a chance to get to know some new traditions.
The entire winter festive season in Greece lasts about fifteen days, from Christmas eve to the 6th of January, which is marked as the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Theophany (Epiphany). The festivities are followed by numerous decorations around the town, as ornamenting houses for holidays is a big part of the Greek tradition.
What may come as a surprise is that ornamented trees are not the most popular centerpiece but decorated models of boats, which symbolize the connection between local communities and the sea. The most beautifully decorated spots are the Old Port, town square, and houses in Chora – where many joyful cultural events and fun activities are organized.
Food is a huge part of the local culture, which is why Greek cuisine has numerous specialties, specially made only during the holiday season. If you get a chance to travel to Greece for the winter holidays, you will get to try the most amazing Greek food, typically prepared during this time of the year. Some of the dishes you will get an opportunity to try are:
Here’s an insider tip: every year, a traditional Mykonian feast takes place on December 27th, close to the Agios Stefanos church. During this feast, locals come together to enjoy traditional meals and sing songs with bagpipes and violins. This fast Cycladic rhythm is very jolly, and you will surely join the locals for a traditional dance and have the best time.
The feasts are organized in small cells next to the church, which helps everyone stay warm and cozy during the evening. The feast starts immediately after the esperinos in the church (the evening prayer) and goes on until early in the morning. The locals are very kind and generous, and will surely make you feel like you’re home.
Celebrating such an important date in a hotel suite rather than your home might be a bit weird, even if it is one of the best hotels on the island. However, if you wish to have a more intimate holiday atmosphere, you should consider booking one of Mykonos villas for rental near the beach. These gorgeous houses will allow a more festive and home atmosphere – which will ensure you and your entire family have a perfect holiday vacation.
It will be as if you are at home, if not even better! In these Mykonos villas for rent, you will have all the amenities you could need and will have complete privacy and freedom to just enjoy your time however you like. It will be so great that you might decide to stay in your Mykonos villa for New Year’s Eve as well and greet another year on one of the beaches of this gorgeous island.
If you are interested in having the time of your life during the winter holidays – just make sure you contact The Ace VIP team. Our professional team will be more than happy to offer you a wide range of Mykonos luxury villas, as well as unparalleled concierge VIP services on Mykonos. Our services will ensure you have a flawless and unforgettable experience on your first beach vacation for Christmas in Greece.