Halkidiki: the home of Greek Christmas trees
The first Christmas tree in Greece was lit in Taxiarchis village in Halkidiki! On Monday, November 7th, on the eve of the holiday of the patron and defender of the village of Agios Archangelos and after the solemn service, the highest “green beauty” was installed on the village square and the festive illumination was turned on.
With more than 85,000 lights, thousands of colourful ornaments and a large golden star at the top, the 16-meter-high fir tree that dominates the centre of the square of the mountain village of Taxiarchi, in Halkidiki, was illuminated.
The countdown to Christmas 2022 has begun!
The University Forest of Taxiarchis -a 5,800-hectare state-owned forest - is found in the centre of Halkidiki and concretely in the Southern and South-western slopes of Holomontas.
The unique agriculture found on the Mountain of Holomontas, which can survive at these winter conditions -low temperature, is the agriculture of Christmas trees, which are planted by seed in its fields (trees are not cut from the forest). For every tree that is felled, two more are planted and after 15 years of growth, the trees are sold, during the Christmas period.