Program 427a: More European Christmas Traditions

Release Date: 12-23-2017


Learn about holiday traditions observed in France, Norway, Greece, London, the Spanish Basque Country, and small-town Italy. From festively decorated Greek boats to dishes of fresh oysters and fermented trout, and Santas who live not on the North Pole but on a farm or in the woods, Christmas is a little different across the pond.


  • Tom Hooper and Gillian Chadwick, tour guides from London
  • Cecilia Bottai, vintner and tour guide from Orvieto, Italy
  • Patrick Vidal, tour guide from Brittany, France
  • Virginie Moré, tour guide from Lyon, France 
  • Pål Bjarne Johansen, tour guide from Oslo, Norway
  • Anastasia Gaitanou, tour guide from Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Danae Kousouri, tour guide from Athens
  • Agustín Ciriza, tour guide from San Sebastian, Spain

Additional Info

  • An online guide to Christmas markets in France.
  • Saint Vasilios, also known as Basil the Great, was a contemporary of Saint Nicholas, and brings gifts to the children in Greece on January 1.
  • The Olentzero is a Christmastime character that brings toys to the children of the Basque Country in Spain.