I got my parents a trip to Santorini for Christmas (I know it's the off season but it's nicer than Chicago!). They are mainly into sight seeing anyway.
I was wondering if anyone knows of any events that might happen around Christmas or new years, any good boat stuff to check out, or good restaurants that you think will be open (they were all good when I was there in college)
So, in general maybe a list of stuff to do on this island in the offseason
Almost all the tourist infrastructure closes in the off season. Overall your parents will be limited to photo taking and strolling through the villages. There will be very little for them to see and do in December. Just a small handfull of restaurants and shops will be open then. There's a small historical museum in Fira that may be open, but I don't know for sure. Akrotiri is closed indefinitely. Ancient Thera may be open but it will be very cold and windy at the top of the mountain, and public access will be limited to those who have a rental car to drive up there. Some excursions out into the caldera to see the volcano might still be operating, weather permitting.
Thanks for the help .. I went in the very early start of the spring and there was plenty to do but yes this is December. It's the only time I could get my father to go since he's off from his job.
What you've described sounds like plenty for them to do during a week's time. They aren't into partying and like it quiet.
They might also want to island hop a bit he's very into boats etc.
I'm still looking for any specific events or plugs for things to do. What do people in Santorini do for Christmas or new years, anything .. what about the surrounding islands?
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 17, 2007, at 10:45 AM by andrewl ]
Never having been there in December I can't say for sure, but I don't think there are any organized celebrations for Xmas or the New Year. Easter is the main national public holiday in Greece. That's when things get active.
Well, I said the best thing for them to do was to talk to the hotel owner when they get there. They will probably know of a few local things to do/see if not events I'm hoping. They have a rental car etc and I'm guessing the main thing they will want to do is walk around, take pictures, and ride of a ferry or two etc. He will probably spend at least a third of the time programming like he always does so I actually think he's hoping for a few rainy days.
Still looking for at least one thing they can do or see other than nature / restaurants / boats in Santorini or the surrounding islands.