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    ganesh
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        Thinking of coming out over the xmas week and weirdly the flights are from Gatwick to chania but then return to heathrow??? Is this what they do, it doesn’t make much sense and would be very awkward! Also the week from xmas to the new year, is everything ‘open’ like all the shops and banks? everybody seems to be on holiday in the uk!

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            Crete does not celebrate Christmas as a holiday, although more Greeks are buying decorations!

            I can’t answer your question about flights. Ask the relevant airlines.

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                of course we celebrate Xmas, the main difference is that presents are given on New Years day.
                here in Latsida we have Xmas carols relayed all around the village , also the Xmas lights in Latsida are fantastic it takes the Mayor at least a month to put them all up and another couple of weeks to take them down again, and we have a switch-on ceremony with free food and drink and the children have presents on New years day with free rides around the Neapoli area on one of those tourist trains donated by the owner of the train.
                :D :D :D

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                    Ganesh, Yes the Aegean flights can be very confusing and sometimes unreliable. For 2 years running I had winter flights booked from Manchester only to find out later that they had been cancelled without even being informed!
                    Consequently, I gave up with Aegean for winter and gone back to Easyjet (via Athens with Aegean of course)

                    #48289
                    ganesh
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                        Thanks, so if they are not quite so mad about xmas, are businesses and workers up and running as normal then? Its just that everything in the uk seems to stop in that week from xmas day and re-opens after new year, apart from supermarkets!!!!

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                            The non-holiday days things are pretty normal. The ‘big’ holiday is Epiphany  Jan 5/6.

                            Why don’t you just get yourself out here, contribute to the local economy and if you need to make appointments to see folks then do it beforehand, before you come.

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                                There will always be flights in winter to/from Heathrow, as used by business people, some that use for other connections from there.

                                Heathrow is a more expensive airport for airlines to use than Gatwick, but that is where they get their business travellers who want to go.

                                Great you have found a connection out from Gatwick, suggest you check again around the Aegean site for return dates from Gatwick, look at other dates, no idea what week exact week days you are looking at. Aegean not the easiest site to view. Think Gerald mentioned something about they are still uploading flight details. Do appreciate it is a pain/impossible maybe to use two airports especially if parking car.

                                Not sure if Easyjet do flights on weekends Athens-Gatwick-Athens*, they do not appear to do Athens to Chania in winter. *maybe the connections work or not with other carrier and one will have to allow time if checking in hold luggage (suitcase) at Athens.

                                Will leave someone else to advice on shops etc in Chania over Xmas/New Year, as I might be wrong.

                                You are correct about a number of UK entertainment/eating places being closed. Due to either people going away or spending time with friends/family.

                                Have noticed groups of family/ friends block booking places in advance either for a few days or even just set menu on 25th December.
                                Personally would prefer not to out for set menu on 25th December, a humble meal of fingers would be preferable to me at home (in reality something more special). I am a bit old fashioned maybe but no enjoyment watching other people working on 25th December to fulfil my needs & being away from their family, with exception of quick early lunch time drink in Pub, though pubs are vanishing in the UK countryside

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                                ganesh
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                                    Thanks Moggy, I have managed to book multi-airlines via Athens. Hope it works out ok. I didnt mean actual Xmas, just the week from xmas to new year when a lot of English companies and small shops shut.
                                    I totally agree with everything shutting on Xmas day, My kids worked in restaurants in uk and annoyingly often had to work xmas day. Cant see why we cant all stop for just one day! (apart from hospital emergencies etc).
                                    Thanks admin, yes I will be contributing, definitely! :D

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