Neapolis (Thessaloniki) carnival

When: Start in mid January till mid February (various dates)
Traditional Greek dance in Kalavarita, Greece - CarniFest Online Photo © All Rights Reserved
Traditional Greek dance
Traditional Greek dance in Kalavarita, Greece
CarniFest Online Photo © All Rights Reserved

The Thessaloniki’s carnival festivities start in mid January and last till mid February (various dates). The carnival ends with the burning at the stake of the King of Carnival and a big parade of floats and costumed groups. The festivals attracts mass of crowd, locals and tourist.

The city hotels are fully booked hence it is recommended to make a room’s reservation in order to find a room in a reasonable price. The carnival has two main events: The Tsiknopempti is celebrated in the second Thursday of the carnival. It is a meat eating event (The word Tsiknopempti is a combination of 2 words ‘tsikna’ = grilled meat and ‘Pempti’ = Thursday in Greek).

Various activities of theater’s shows, concerts, shows for children and dance performances which represent different dancing styles from different areas, are part of this event. The most important event takes place in Neapolis in the municipal open theater with a group of shows.

The shows begin in the morning and end at late night. Dancing and singing shows take place and the celebrators can enjoy the traditional carnival food.

For accommodations, check the most recommended hotels in Thessaloniki and around, most of them suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY:
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Event Related Information

Contact details:
Greek National Tourism Organisation(GNTO)
Head office
7, Tsoha (see map ).
11521 Athens
Tel.: +30 210 8707000 Municipality of Neapolis:
Tel.: 2310 62077
Contact Email:

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As unforeseen circumstances can arise, the details of events are subject to change. We highly recommend checking with the organizers before making any travel arrangements to ensure up-to-date information.

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Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey.
Temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers.
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Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981 Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the euro zone in 2001.
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