Holiday season came to Greek capital Athens earlier this year as the Mayor decided to illuminate the Christmas tree still in the month of November. The tree was illuminated up late Tuesday afternoon, without previous announcement and without music performance or any event in order to avoid crowding of people due to the pandemic.
However, people, passersby and shoppers, rushed to the impressive Christmas tree for at least a selfie in front of the thousands of warm lights.
The freshly cut, 19-meter-high, fir tree came all the way from the forest of Karpenisi, in western Greece, the hometown of Costas Bakoyannis.
Set in the middle of Syntagma square opposite the Greek Parliament the tree is decorated with 60,000 bulbs, estimated to be 5 km long.
The entire square is illuminated with some 350,000 lights.
The Municipality plans to install more Christmas trees in several places of Athens.