Santa Claus

Thessaloniki Municipality has already found its own Santa Claus

Thessaloniki Municipality has already found its own Santa Claus

Following weeks of casting, rehearsals, interviews and Christmassy-type investigations

The local authorities in the second largest city of Greece Thessaloniki announced that they had finally found the Santa whom they had been looking for.

Following many weeks of auditions, rehearsals, interviews and Christmassy-type investigations, the Municipality has finally decided who will be the official Santa Claus of the city for 2019.

The deadline for those interested in submitting an application to become the northern Greek city's Santa, embodying its 2019 holiday programme, expired this Tuesday. Over seventy citizens, both men and women, had applied online as part of the municipality’s campaign to find the city’s Santa Claus for this Christmas season.

The applicant for the dream job had to send their curriculum vitae, photos and had to undergo severs interviews so the casting directors could determine whether they were appropriate for the important role.

The casting team had the important job to assess how much the applicants loved Christmas and whether they meet the requirements for the challenging role of Santa Claus, or Agios Vasilis, as he is known in Greece.

Thessaloniki Municipality announced that this year a surprisingly large number of the candidates for the position were actually women, while the candidates’ ages ranged all the way between 30 and 60.

Make your holidays unforgettable

The big Christmas tree of Thessaloniki Municipality and the Christmas village at the iconic Aristotelous Square will be officially illuminated this evening, Saturday, 7th December.

Come and feel the heart of the city beating in Aristotelous Square which will definitely be in a festive mood thanks to the Christmas fun park, the trees, the carousel, the ice-skating rink and the Christmas village. If you decide to visit the vibrant city of Thessaloniki, you will feel its heart beating and it will make your holidays unforgettable.     



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