What's open and where to celebrate: The festive season in Hydra Island, Greece is a local community affair but of course, it's still a great time to visit the island. There are a reasonable number of hotels, pensions and private houses to rent for your accommodation and those restaurants and bars that open are busy and popular places to have fun for your Christmas lunch and New Year's Eve party. Even though I have known all varieties of weather during the holiday, the majority of years have seen temperatures around 15 degrees with blue sky and no rain, so taking advantage of the crisp clear air to go hiking, horse trekking or for a leisurely walk is a delight. I've included as many of the businesses that are open over the Christmas holidays as possible. (And am happy to update if I have missed anyone off!)
Written by Kelsey Edwards 22nd December
Text & photos copyright HydraDirect 2015
Unlike so much of the rest of the world, in Hydra, Christmas and New Year's Eve is more about spending time with family and friends than a commercial shopping binge. On Hydra, we seem to get back to what is most important about the meaning of Christmas. It's a religious celebration observed with Greek Orthodox church services, and a time when children still make gifts for their parents, a time when the locals who can relax during the 'off-season' can spend time with each other, share news and meals and generally 'look after each other'. For me, it is one of my favourite times of the year with the emphasis on people not what you can buy!