Since its creation in 1988, the NGO Athénée Action Humanitaire has supported large-scale solidarity projects in South Africa, Cape Verde and, more recently, in Greece. Since 2010, in order to raise awareness to the school community of the projects, as well as the fund-raising campaign, 3 events have been stapled into AL tradition: The Christmas Market (in December), the Charity Run (around Easter) and the ING Marathon (in May/June). Whether the focus is on friendliness, endurance or a festive atmosphere, these three events all have one thing in common: the enthusiastic commitment of the Athénée school community!

At the end of the 1st trimester, everyone gets to experience a real tradition. The Christmas market “X-mas @ AL”, is not only appreciated by students, parents, teachers, staff members and alumni who are committed to creating a festive atmosphere, but also by the entire school community. On the special day, the Athénée BECOMES a Christmas market: the most diverse culinary preparations flatter the palate with beatiful perfumes, artisanal creations, and products from the Athénée Action-Humanitaire, that all invite you to “fill up on gifts” for loved ones while a festive atmosphere is brought to you by a collection of musical performances throughout the day. In short, the end-of-year celebrations always start a little earlier at the AL, and since all the profits from the day support the NGO’s projects, the love of Christmas is intensified even more by solidarity.