Merry Christmas

CITIES EVENTS | Christmas and New Year's Events in Cyprus

Coastal cities and the capital Nicosia may not have snow during Christmas but Cyprus it is surely a festive place to be with warm family traditions, special and interesting customs, lots of activities for everyone, unique events and delicious tastes.

As Christmas approaches the mad rush to buy presents, prepare food, send cards and be jolly can make anyone exhausted especially in the slower paced lifestyle that many seek in Cyprus. In Cyprus just like much of the world, Christmas has become more commercialized with shops well decorated, stocked and extending their shopping hours. All sorts of Christmas events, parties and religious functions fill the calendar in anticipation.

Christmas is always celebrated in Cyprus in a rather traditional way. It is, beyond doubt, a magic, precious and loving holiday for both children and grownups. A time when people rejoice the birth of boy Jesus, spend time with beloved ones, exchange gifts, sing carols and… eat!

The towns are also well decorated with Father Christmas statues, snowmen, angels and lights in town and throughout the villages. Christmas and New Years is not to be have many unique customs, decorations, foods and traditions.


Christmas Fairyland

Christmas Fairyland (Strovolos - Nicosia)

The Christmas Fairyland fair in Nicosia, will open its doors to the visitors to have access to its 15,000 sq.m of Christmas spirit. For the whole duration of the Christmas Fair, the visitors will be able to get into the magic atmosphere of Christmas and New Year, to purchase souvenirs and gifts and of course, enjoy good food and drinks. The fair will offer many interesting activities for adults and kids and will feature the concerts of popular Greek and Cypriot singers.

Concert programme:
25th of November — Ilias Vrettos & Katerina Stikoudi
2nd of December — Kostis Maravegias
9th of December — Stavento & Ivi Adamou
16th of December — Michalis Hatzigiannis
22nd of December — Eleni Foureira
28th of December — Stan
30th of December — Shaya, Master Tempo & Goin ‘Through
4 of January — George Tsalikis & Kings

Place: Christmas Fairyland
Address: Hadjiiosif Avenue, Strovolos, Nicosia

Christmas Avenue  at Makarios Avenue (Nicosia City Center)

Christmas Avenue at Makarios Avenue (Nicosia City Center)

The Christmas Avenue revives at Makarios Avenue in a climate of festive and joyful for children and adults who want to enjoy a magical environment full of Christmas scents and interesting activities. The volunteer network Lefkosiazo, in cooperation with the Municipality of Nicosia, plan and this year the organization and functioning Avenue Christmas from 11 to 26 December 2016.

The opening of the Avenue Christmas scheduled to be held on December 11, 2016.

The wooden houses are repositioned in the closed for cars Makarios Avenue, hosting again a variety of activities and Christmas products, while the Christmas Avenue surrounds and embellishes rich festive program with music and dancing. Like last year, this year the organization aims to create an original nucleus Christmas events in the city center will not only offer young and old a special form of entertainment, but will also help to stimulate the commercial city center.

We expect everyone to spend Christmas beautiful, supporting the center of our city.

Other events in Nicosia

Nicosia Old City

Chrysaliniotissa Crafts Center

Three Day events 16, 17 & 18 of December

Friday 16/12

The event includes Christmas songs from the choir of the Elementary School St. Cassian and the children's choir of the Municipality of Nicosia and reception with Christmas delicacies at the Centre cafe. The workshops Polyergastiriakou Centre will be open and attendees will be able to visit and buy the creations of artists. The Mayor of Nicosia members of the City Council and the choirs will visit homes in the area, will sing carols, will distribute gifts and exchange greetings with local residents.

Saturday 17/12

10:30-11:00 Narrated fairytale
11:15-12:00 Workshops for children with constructions
12:15-13:00 Games for children with piniata
15:00-15:30 Presentation Art Laboratory "In Art" under the direction of Helen Christodoulou
17:00-19:00 fashion show - Wine Tasting - Background music by Dj

Sunday 18/12

10:00-20:00 Bazaar with artwork and creations from artists of Polyergastiriakou Chrysaliniotissa and many others.
11:00-12:00 Workshop for children
12:00 -13:00 Windcraft band concert

Ermou Street - Sunday 18/12

Also on December 18 held a different kind of event to Ermou Street, the Old Town, a revival of Ermou Street of the 20th century with traditional art, dishes and modern microfabrication.

Melina Mercouri Hall - Wednesday 7/12

20:00 A different kind of representation of the choir of the Municipality of Nicosia.
Inside the warm ambience of the room with a glass of wine, we will taste the melodies of Manos Loizos, Stavros Kougioumtzi, Manos Hatzidakis, Dimitris Lagiou but Mark Vamvakaris and Vassilis Tsitsani. From the repertoire a touch of traditional Cypriot song will not miss. An interactive show, since the members of the choir will be among the audience, and together as a large group would sing and drink to the health of these great composers. The show Koulis Theodorou participates Maria Theodotos, accompanied by music FIG. Piano Savvas Savva.

St. Barbara Church Square Kaimakli - Saturday 10/12

18:00 The Parents Association of the First and Second Elementary Schools Kaimakliou you
invites the established annual event "Christmas Melodies."

Faneromeni Church - Wednesday 14/12

20:30 "Nicosia Friends Association" and the Nicosia Municipality organize Christmas concert with the Concert Orchestra of the Municipality of Nicosia under the direction of Stavros Papantoniou.

Faneromeni Square - Saturday 17/12

15:00-16:00 Greek Dances, Dancing Group of EAC -Nicosia Cultural Group
16:00-17:00 Music from «Rondo alla Cypria Ensemble»
17:00-18:00 Musicano Band, Christmas Songs
18:00-19:00 Traditional Kalanta of Hellenism in Music Ensemble of traditional instruments

Ledra - Onasagorou - Faneromeni - Wednesday 21/12

18:00-19:00 The choir of the Nicosia Municipality will sing Christmas songs at Ledra, Onasagorou and Faneromeni.

Pallas Theater - Wednesday 21/12

20:00 "Christmas Love Concert" by Orchestra Concert Nicosia Municipality in cooperation with the "Friends of Harmony" directed by Stavros Papantoniou.

Old Market Hall - Wednesday 21/12

18:30 Film Tribute to mark the European Day Short Film. Organized by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the International Short Film Festival in cooperation with the Nicosia Municipality.

Ledra - Onasagorou - Faneromeni - Thursday 22/12

18:00-19:00 H Philharmonic Lakatamia Municipality melodies Carols at Ledra, Onasagorou and Faneromeni.

Melina Mercouri Hall - Saturday 26/12/16 - Sunday 08/01/17

Musical "My Snowman"
The new prototype mouzikal Alex Panayi, Katerina Christofides and Stavros Stavrou, with live orchestra, songs, plenty of laughter and emotion.
The beautiful scenery and costumes, the impressive lighting and effects and attentive cast of talented actors-singers promise to make the snowman the most talked about musical and theatrical event of this year's holiday season.
This is a show that aims to get children love, friendship messages and acceptance of change and loss.
For more information on the full program of events please refer to the website of the Municipality of Nicosia www.nicosia.org.cy
Pop Up Festival / City Plaza 1 December 2016 - January 6, 2017

Pop Up Festival / City Plaza (1/12/16 - 06/01/17)

20 shops, 40+ Designers, concerts, theatre, dance, art

For the fourth consecutive year the Nicosia Municipality organizes the Pop Up Festival on Makarios Avenue. For six weeks in the most central artery of the capital, young entrepreneurs, creators, artists, artisans and other professionals and startups (startups) will present their innovative ideas, will show their work and they will come into contact with the Nicosia common .

Stasikratous Street - Sunday, December 11

Stasikratous Street - Sunday 11/12

12:00 Standard «Christmas Party» with treats, drinks and rich artistic Christmas program with choirs, dance groups and music bands in a magical atmosphere in keeping with the Christmas spirit.

Discover the old Nicosia & its walls

Discover the old Nicosia & its walls

The Nicosia Municipality established a series of thematic walking tours to present various aspects of the old city as well as the city outside the walls. Nicosia (Lefkosia), a city with 5,000 yearlong hiσtory, has much to offer. By walking, one gets a better feel fora place and its yearlong atmosphere, past and present, and a better understanding of its continual cultural development.

EVERY THURSDAY (Until Thu Jan 19th 2017)

Discover the old Nicosia and its walls Guided walking tour. Lefkosia, the only divided capital in the world, dates back to the Bronze Age. In antiquity and in early Christian times it was known as Ledra. It has been the capital of Cyprus since the Late Byzantine period (11th century). The Lusignans transformed it into a splendid city, with royal palaces and churches. The city centre, the old “Chora”, surrounded by 16th century Venetian Walls, with museums, old churches and medieval buildings, maintains the leisurely atmosphere of yesteryear.

Language: English

Starting point: CTO Information Office in Laiki Geitonia, within the Venetian walls of old Lefkosia city (11, Aristokyprou str., CY-1011).

Time: 10:00
Cost: Gratis

Offered by the Lefkosia (Nicosia) Municipality and organised in collaboration with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association.

For further information and bookings please contact telephone: +357 22 674 264.

NO Walks held on public holidays.


Anexartisias street


Limassol, popular as a ‘sea and sun’ tourist destination is nevertheless a Christmas trip one should not miss! Whether you are a child, an adult, a parent or a senior citizen looking for the ultimate coziness, Limassol should definitely be at the top of your Christmas list.

‘An authentic Christmas fair, according the best European tradition!’ The weather is as mild as 13℃ even at night time, so all the merry events are happening both indoors and outdoors, with no need for more than a light jacket to enjoy the holidays. Order the chilliest drink or the hottest cup of cocoa and join in the holiday celebrations with absolutely no worries.

Scroll down Anexartisias shopping street, located in the very centre of Limassol, and enjoy the choir’s jolly festive melodies while admiring the city’s tallest and brightest Christmas tree. Then, satisfy your belly with one of the world’s greatest cuisines. There is a Christmas exhibition on the 17th of December, the annual Christmas decoration and events every afternoon in Anexartesias street (opposite Zara).

Enjoy the Mediterranean flavors along with the traditional Christmas luscious buffets either for lunch or dinner, of if you can handle, both!

With the sea on the one side and the Christmas festivities on the other, one should not miss the chance of spending the Christmas holidays anywhere else than in Limassol.

Enjoy the Christmas festivities with your little ones! Christmas music, home made treats and refreshments, gifts made by the nursery, Santa's Grotto and elf yourself fancy dress competition for the kiddies

Limassol Marina

Limassol Marina & Trakasol Cultural Centre

20th of November to 7th of January

Christmas on the sea | Limassol Marina kick-started this year’s festive season on Sunday the 20th of November with a festive event in the Marina Square in the presence of its property and marina residents, all project staff and visitors. with an exciting calendar of events for the festive season.

Set in Limassol Marina’s Square, Trakasol Cultural Centre, Crystal Marina Lounge and along the public promenade, the coming weeks offer a variety of entertainment choices for all visitors and residents to enjoy.

«All you need for Christmas»
Saturday 17th of December 2016 | Time: 11:00-21:00
Trakasol Cultural Centre

What's on Limassol Marina
Rialto and Pattihio Theatre

Concerts & dance shows in Rialto & Pattichio Theatre

Limassol, with its fun loving reputation, hosts numerous quality events and festivals which create a vibrant, colourful atmosphere throughout the year. Enjoy Christmas Holidays 2016 with concerts and dance shows from Rialto and Pattihio Theatre.

“Nutcracker” – the classical ballet

“Nutcracker” – the classical ballet

Friday 9/12 in Limassol & Saturday 10/12 in Nicosia at 19:30

The performance of the famous classical ballet “Nutcracker” by the stars of the Russian ballet will take place in Limassol and Nicosia. The mystical Christmas ballet “Nutcracker” is the performance for the whole family. The stars of the Russia ballet in fusion with the original choreography and fantastic music written by P.I Tchaikovsky will make this an evening to be remembered. The mesmerizing ballet will capture your imagination and will transfer you into the world of brave soldiers and dancing snowflakes.

Ballet will be in 2 Acts - Music: P.I.Tchaikovsky;
Art director: Irina Lazareva.

Date 9th of December at 19:30

Place: Rialto Theater (Limassol)
Address: Andrea Drousioti 19, Heroes Square, 3040 Limassol, Cyprus
Contact data: 77 777745

Date 10th of December at 19:30

Place: Satiriko Theater (Nicosia)
Address: Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre 11 — 15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street Αglantzia, Nicosia 2102, Cyprus
Contact data: +357 22 312940
For more info, call at: 99 401195, 99 674540
Ticket price: €20/25/30/35 - per ticket



Christmas Events in Larnaca

Larnaca Events


Saturday 3
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lighting Ceremony of Larnakas’ Christmas decoration
Musical programme, Santa Claus
Lighting of the Christmas tree by the Acting Mayor of Larnaka
Mr. Petros Christodoulou (6:00 p.m.)


Saturday 3 (Premiere), 10 & 17- 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 4, 11 & 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Theatre SKALA - Main Stage
“The Elephant” by Kostas Mpostantzoglou (in Greek)
Stage director: Andreas Meleki
Admission €12 & €7 (students over the age of 12 years, soldiers, pensioners &
families with 3 and more children)


Sunday 4
8:00 p.m.
Cyprus Opera Organisation
Opera “Orpheus and Eurydice” by C. W. von Gluck
Admission €15


Monday 5, 12, 19 & 26
8:30 p.m.
Larnaka-Famagusta Cinema Club
Screening of a movie or documentary
Admission €5 & €3 (for Club members)

Christmas charity bazaar
Handicrafts, sweets, Christmas decoration, musical programme by the Larnaka Music Lyceum and activities for children


Saturday 10
8:30 p.m.
Cyprus Theatre Organisation – New Stage
“Suriname” by Stephanos Stavrides (in Greek)
Stage direction: Magdalena Zira
Admission €12 & €6 (persons under the age of 25 years, unemployed, pensioners)


Friday 16
7:00 p.m.
Agios Spyridonas Special School of Larnaka
“The witch who hated Christmas carols” (in Greek)
Theatre performance by the students of the School
Admission free


Saturday 17
5:00 p.m.
Christmas Parade
Santa Claus escorted by dancing groups of Larnaka Ballet Schools
Route: John Kennedy (Akropolis) Square, Ermou Str.,
Zenonos Kitieos Str., Zenonos Pierides Str., Lord Byron Str., Galilaiou Str.,
Ermou Str., Ermou Square


Monday 19
8:30 p.m.
Nena Venetsanou concert
with the Larnaka Municipal Vocal Ensemble,
the Larnaka Progressive Movement Choir and the
Intonation Female Vocal Ensemble
Programme with songs by M. Hatzidakis, M. Theodorakis a.o.
Admission €10


Tuesday 20
7:45 p.m.
Wind Band of the Cultural Society “OMONIA” of Aradippou
Christmas Concert
Conductor: Andreas Andreou
Admission €5


Thursday 22
8:30 p.m.
Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
Christmas Concert “EXSULTATE, JUBILATE”
with works by G. F. Händel, W. A. Mozart, S. Zannas, H. Berlioz,
J. Brahms, Α. Baltas, P. Mascagni, C. Franck, J. F. Wade
Soloists: Vasiliki Karagianni (soprano)
Participating: Choir of Nicosia Music Lyceum (Choirmaster: L. Loizou)
Conductor: Alkis Baltas
Admission: €12, €7 (young people 18-26 years old, pensioners),
€5 (young people 12-18 years old), €3 (children under the age of 12)


Friday     23,  3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 24, 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 29,  3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday      30, 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Christmas programme


Saturday 31
12:00 p.m.




SATURDAY 10.12.2016

Illumination of Christmas Decoration
28th October Square (Town Hall Square)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Christmas carols and melodies by:
· Pafos Μunicipal Band
· Pafos Municipality Childrens’ Choir
· Municipal Conservatory Orchestra
· Dances by Studio 6.

SUNDAY 11.12.2016

4th Cyta Santa Run
Castle Square, Kato Pafos
Time: 11.00 a.m.

WEDNESDAY 14.12.2016

Dance Performance by the Youth Multicentre of Pafos
Kennedy Square Car Park (Next to the Police Station)
Time: 4.00 p.m.

FRIDAY 16.12.2016

Christmas carols by:
• Modern Music Academy
• Annita Taliotis choir
Kennedy Square Car Park (Next to the Police Station)
Time: 4.00 p.m.

SATURDAY 17.12.2016

Christmas carols by the Band of the Cyprus Police Force
Kennedy Square Car Park (Next to the Police Station)
Time: 12.00 noon

WEDNESDAY 21.12.2016

Songs by the Choir of the Pafos Cultural Association of “Evagoras Pallikarides”
Kennedy Square Car Park (Next to the Police Station)
Time: 6.00 p.m.

FRIDAY 23.12.2016

Annual Christmas Celebration of the Municipality of Pafos
Archbishop Makarios III High School
Time: 7.00 p.m.

SATURDAY 24.12.2016

Christmas Carols by the Band of the Municipality of Pafos
Kennedy Square Car Park (Next to the Police Station)
Time: 4:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 28.12.2016

Christmas carols by the Municipality of Yeroskipos Childrens’ Choir and the Orphean Singers Kennedy Square Car Park (Next to the Police Station)
Time: 4:00 p.m.

FRIDAY 30.12.2016

Traditional Christmas Carols and hymns from Greece and Cyprus titled: “Music Journey to Tradition”, presented by the choir and orchestra of the Youth Centre of the Pafos Bishopric
Kennedy Square Car Park (Next to the Police Station)
Time: 4.00 p.m.

SATURDAY 31.12.2016

Christmas Carols by the Pafos Municipal Band
Kennedy Square Car Park (Next to the Police Station)
Time: 11.30 a.m.

FRIDAY 6.1.2017

Ceremonial Parade of the Epiphany and Blessing of the Waters
Poseidonos Avenue and Limanaki Area, Kato Pafos
Time: 9:30 a.m. (onwards).

* From 10 December 2016 - 10 January 2017 a “Christmas village” will be open to the puplic at the Kennedy Square Car Park which includes:

• Three Carousels
• Rodeo
• Train
• Santa claus workshop and many more.



Ayia Napa Christmas Events Programme

03/12/2016 – 06/01/2017

Saturday 03/12/2016

Central Square, Ayia Napa:
The town’s church bells ring and invite us to the lighting of our Christmas tree.
Today in Ayia Napa we launch the Christmas celebration period. May the Christmas lights fill our hearts with love and happiness. Participants: The Cyprus Police Orchestra along with many other groups playing Christmas music and songs. Plenty of presents, lots of wine and fireworks.
There will also be a Christmas charity market organised by the Parents Associations of the Primary school and Preschool of Ayia Napa in collaboration with the local council.

Sunday 11/12/2016

Central Square, Ayia Napa
Christmas fills the world with love. Every time we feel love, every time we give love we celebrate Christmas.
Christmas Charity Market
The Parents Associations of the Primary school and Preschool of Ayia Napa, along with the council of Ayia Napa, are organising a Christmas event in the central square of Ayia Napa and everyone is invited. Dance and Music groups will add to the celebratory atmosphere.

Thursday 15/12/2016

Town Hall, Ayia Napa
Christmas tales accompanied by music – Christmas play. There will also be a charity market where people can buy Christmas presents for their loved ones and at the same time help people in need.

Saturday 31/12/2016

21:00 –till morning
Join us to see out this year and welcome the new one. Welcoming of the New Year, 2017, in Ayia Napa’s central square. The ceremony will include music and songs by many music and dance groups, and fireworks. All visitors will be able to enjoy food and wine offered in the traditional house along with the traditional "New Year’s" cake and traditional Cypriot soup.

Friday 06/01/2017

7:00am – 12:00
The celebration of "Theophania" will be held at the Church of Panagia in Ayia Napa, followed by the baptism of the Holy Cross and "Agiasmos" at the harbour in Ayia Napa.
A prize will be offered to the first swimmer who manages to recover the holy cross. A ceremony will follow with traditional dances and songs at the harbour.
Participants: Philharmonic Band and the Army Band.

Christmas Events at Paralimni ‘’Christmas Wonder 2016’’

SATURDAY 17/12/2016

This year, SANTA CLAUS is deeply sensitised and he will be spreading ecological messages to society and all of us through his arrival in a very distinguishing electric car constructed by students of the Technical School of Paralimni. Santa Claus will be accompanied by his elves and Paralimni Municipality's electric cars which it obtained for free though its participation in the EU Action Programme for Waste Management of the Environmental Department. Santa Claus will also be accompanied by the cheerleaders of Paralimni Municipality - under the guidance of the dance instructor Emilia Salouta.
WITH US: Beloved fairytale characters to entertain children. Train rides: from 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Traditional Greek Christmas Carols by the Cultural Association 'Romiosini'.
6:00 p.m. Christmas Greek songs by the Youth Band of Nicosia Municipality.
6:30 p.m. Christmas event by the Sunday School of Saint George Church.

THURSDAY 22/12/2016

7 p.m. Christmas concert with all of Paralimni's singing choirs, accompanied by a solist, at the Metropolitan Church Ayios Georgios. Organised by the choir “Melizona”, of Paralimni Municipality


3:30 p.m. ‘’ Diamonds of Christmas’’. Creativity workshop and Christmas handicrafts by 4U Dance and Creativity Studio by Andreas Koliandris & Andriani Isaak
4:30 p.m. Christmas songs by Ellina's School of Music.
5 p.m. Dance performance by Steps Dance and Fitness Studio by Constandinos Eleftheriou.
5:30 p.m. Christmas songs by Niki Karaiskou's Music School.

Fairytale heroes will be entertaining our young children while making Christmas delicacies.

6 p.m. Christmas concert by Paralimni's Symphony Band, at the Town Hall's Lecture Hall. Entrance € 5 (Tickets available at 99895252)
7 p.m. Concert with Aggelos Avgousti and Maria Theodotou at the FairyTown's Events Square.


6:30 p.m. Christmas Bingo (Tombola) by the Cultural Workshop “Para ti Limni” (by the Lake) of Paralimni Municipality.
7:30 p.m. Fire Show by BLF Performers.
8 p.m. Concert by well-known singer STAN

SATURDAY 31/12/2016

3 p.m. Christmas Dog Charity Event in support of Paralimni's Dog Shelter. Organiser: Paralimni Youth Council.

MONDAY 2/1/17

4 p.m. Ceremonial cut of New Year Cake, with many gifts for young and old.
3:30 p.m – 5:30 p.m. LIVE LINK by POLITIA 106.7 FM.
5 p.m FIRE SHOW by BLF Performers.
5:30 p.m. Children's Theatre Play “At Santa's Village”, with Giorgos Karavioti and the theatre group Prima Vista.
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Train Rides

FRIDAY 6/1/17

6:30 p.m. Shadow Theatre Performance (Karagiozis).
7:30 p.m. Traditional Dances by Cultural Workshop “Para ti Limni” (by the lake).
In our company we are having our favourite fairytale heroes that will excide both kids and adults!.


There will be stands making cotton candy, pop corn, chestnuts, warm wine, coffee, Cyprus honey balls, inflatables etc.

Merry Christmas from Cyprus

We wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!