Festivities & Entertainment in Agios Nikolaos
Lato Festival - Every summer, the City of Agios Nikolaos schedules a series of events under the general title "LATO". These events feature Cretan, Greek and foreign groups with traditional or contemporary repertoire. Drama performances, art exhibitions, swimming competitions and other events also take place.
Nautical Week - Every two years the Nautical Week is celebrated with swimming competitions, water sports events and a fireworks display.
28th October - One of Greece's National Holidays is celebrated, like in all of Greece, with a glorious parade.
Easter and the night of "Anastassi" (Christ's Resurrection) is a most impressive celebration as thousands of people, holding candles lit with the Holy Light, gather around the lake for the "burning of Judas" scores of crackers pierce the night's silence, creating a unique, emotionally charged atmosphere.
Open-air Market - Another lively feast - with an open-air market and authentic traditional Cretan style festivities - takes place at Analipsi of Almyros on the 50th day after Easter.
St Nicholas - Particularly important is the celebration of the name day of the city's patron St Nicholas, on December 6th.
New Year’s Day - The celebration of the New Year's Day is another impressive event in Agios Nikolaos. Two boats (local fishing boats) are at the port, one leaving (standing for the year ending) and the other coming in (for the beginning year). Santa Claus disembarks triumphantly, welcomed by the town officials, the municipal band and the cheering crowds and then proceeds to the main town square to distribute presents to jubilant children.