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Where To Go In Cyprus During Christmas

(Get Festive 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!

Christmas is a time for spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying good food and relaxing strolls in the town and shops, which come to life with twinkling lights and gleaming decorations. As we are in the most festive month of the year Cyprus has to offer many Christmas events and activities in the run up to Christmas and the New Year. Each town offering its own magic to entertain all ages.

Limassol

Anexartisias street

Old Town | Anexartisias street

Limassol is known for its fast developing modern culture, however a stroll through the Old town will demonstrate the traditional Cypriot culture. You could visit Limassol’s historic Market for a taste and smell of the Cypriot culture or take a scroll past the brightly decorated shops of Anexartisia’s Street for some shopping.

Once your feet are tired and your hands are full there is a wide choice of restaurants and cafes to fill your tummies.

Christmas Land

Limassol Christmas Land 2019 in Old Port

29/11/2019 - 12/1/2020

A few minutes away from the old town is the returning funfair The Limassol Christmas Land. There throughout the Christmas period the fair promises to entertain the young ones with all the amusing games as well as host food kiosks. Enjoy the fair every day from 4pm until 11pm and on weekends get in the Christmas spirit with choir singing, exhibitions, dance sows, concerts and for the little ones, theatre and a meeting with Santa.

Free entrance

Find the full schedule and more details HERE

Limassol Marina

Limassol Marina - Christmas on the sea

Right around the corner you will find Christmas on the Sea at the Limassol Marina. On December 7th wonder around the festive square to relish the 12 meter high Christmas tree as it bursts into life during the lighting ceremony at 17:30! While the children enjoy workshops and meet Santa you can get your Christmas shopping done with some luxury gifts or enjoy a relaxing coffee break. And as the sun sets and the festivities peak you can savor in the excellent cuisine at one of the Marina’s restaurants by the sea.

Shopping in Limassol

Shopping

A variety of shops for all tastes can be found while exploring Limassol. Visit Anexartisias Street for high street brands or Agiou Andreou Street for unique boutiques and special gifts.

For the Mall experience you can’t miss visiting My Mall Limassol which houses more than 100 shops to meet all styles as well as restaurants with cuisines from all around the world.
For the luxury lovers a scroll through the shops at the Limassol Marina is a must

For the full schedule click HERE

Nicosia

Christmas Tree Lighting in Eleftheria Square

Old City | Eleftheria Square

A stroll in the capital’s Old City will set the Christmas spirit. This year the newly completed ‘Eleftheria’ square will host a Christmas Village. Starting on November 30th until January 6th the Old City of Nicosia will dress up for Christmas and host funfairs, food huts and games for some festive cheer.

Stasikratous Street Party

From the Square walk down the picturesque Ledras and Onasagorou Street to awaken the Christmas spirit. Discover both high street and boutique shops on Ledras Street for some Christmas shopping or find unique boutiques and gift shops on Onasagorou Street. Stay until sundown and enjoy the Old City as it lights up. Mellow down in a cosy coffee shop while watching the busy crowds walk up and down the streets or fill your bellies with some delicious food from a choice of many restaurants.

Christmas Fairyland

Christmas Fairyland Nicosia 2019
15/11/2019 - 12/01/2020

Address: Hadjiiosif Avenue, Strovolos, Nicosia

For a fourth consecutive year Nicosia’s Christmas Fairyland will bring out the child in everyone. With a grand choice of attractions and games enjoy a fun time with young ones in the afternoon or stay until late to watch the bright lights bring the town to life. Offering more than just games the schedule includes a meeting with Santa, choir singing, stilt-walkers and concerts from famous Greek and Cypriot singers. Find it at the city’s entrance on Hadjiiosif Avenue in Strovolos

Free Entrance

Find the detailed schedule HERE
Shopping in Nicosia

Shopping

For those who wish to shop till they drop the Nicosia has to offer two shopping malls. For those who wish to enjoy Cyprus’s sunny weather they could visit Ledras and Makariou street for a relaxing coffee or to tick all the gifts of your Christmas list.

The Mall of Cyprus has to offer more than a shopping experience. December is kicked off with a Christmas workshops followed by choir concerts, charity bazaars and dance shows.

For the full schedule click HERE

Alternatively, one could visit the newly opened Nicosia Mall which hosts a Christmas Elf Workshops with arts and crafts every weekend to entertain the little ones while you get to do all your Christmas shopping.

For the full schedule click HERE

Larnaca

CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN LARNACA

Finikoudes Promenade

As the third largest city of Cyprus Larnaca is also in the Christmas spirit. A walk along the glimmering Foinikoudes palm tree promenade will overflow the spirits with Christmas joy. Take a break for a hot cocoa or a warm cup of coffee at one of the many cafes or enjoy a cozy meal with view of the sea at one of the restaurants.

Europe Square

Europe Square

Get in the festive spirit by visiting the large Christmas treDuring the weekends enjoy charity Christmas bazaars at Europe square for a true taste of Christmas.

Find the detailed schedule HERE
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Ermou Square

Satisfy your sweet tooth, drink in the island life with a warm beverage or scroll through the welcoming shop windows in Ermou Square. As the sun sets and the city bursts into life take a walk under the brightly decorated sky of the square along with choir concerts and festive cheer. On December 14th don’t miss the Christmas Parade taking place at 6pm to celebrate the festive season
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Saint Lazarus Square

The magnificent byzantine church of Saint Lazarus in the centre of the Saint Lazarus Square brings awe in every visitor. Enjoy a walk in the square or drink a cup of coffee at one of the surrounding cafes taking in the breathtaking view of the Cypriot culture. On the weekend of December 7th enjoy the Once upon a Christmas Time bazaar at Apothiki 79 at the Saint Lazarus square. n
Shopping in Larnaca

Shopping

Take advantage of the island’s sunny weather and get your Christmas shopping done in Larnaca’s City Centre. Discover many high street and boutique shops on Makariou and Ermou street, offering gifts suitable for all ages and styles. Q plaza in Radisson Blu Hotel offers luxury shopping experience as well as the Blu Santa Christmas event. At the ground floor of the Hotel you children can enjoy the Christmas Factory with different events every weekend. While adults can enjoy high tea, gala buffets and intimate concerts with famous Greek singers.

For the full schedule click HERE

Paphos

CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN PAPHOS

Paphos Old Town


The historic town of Paphos is also in the festive spirit of Christmas. Explore the Old Town of Paphos where you can find many places to taste and smell the island’s historic culture and cuisine. With many restaurants and coffee shops to choose from discover traditional taverns and cozy coffee shops.
Kennedy Square
The festivities start in December 6th where the town bursts into life at the lighting ceremony in Kennedy Square. Join in on the celebration with choir concerts and dancing. During the weekend of December 7th and 14h in the heart if the Old Town visit the ‘Christmas in Chani’ event taking place at Ibrahim’s Khan. On December 21st enjoy the concert of the Philarmonic Police choir at Pafos Chrysanthou Street will get you in the joyful mood.
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A walk by the sea at the Kato Paphos Harbour will mellow the soul and relax the eyes. Enjoy a warm beverage or a nice meal by the sea to get the true feeling of the island life.
Shopping in Paphos

Shopping

For those wanting to enjoy some shopping you can visit the unique Old Town shops you will find nestled around the corners. Special and unique gifts can also be found at the Paphos old Market; an indoor market which promises worthy finds and a special experience.

Alternatively, visit the Kings Avenue Mall with a many Christmas events for the little fellows such as Santa meetings, puppet shows, Peppa Pig shows, face painting and arts and crafts. And while the kids have a merry time you can shop till you drop with a choice of over 100 stores!

For the full schedule click HERE

Famagusta

CHRISTMAS  INAYIA NAPA

Ayia Napa | Christmas Events

07/12/2019 - 06/01/2020

Location: Agia Napa Central Square

As the winter sets in and the town quiets down Ayia Napa gets dressed for Christmas in its Central Square. Join in on the celebrations on December 7th for the light switch on at 5:00pm with Christmas singing, half marathons and a firework display!
CHRISTMAS WONDER IN PARALIMNI

PARALIMNI | Christmas Wonder

29/11/2019 - 6/1/2020

Location: Agios Georgios Square

For those near the Famagusta area, Paralimni’s Christmas Wonder in Agios Georgios Square will set the festive mood. Enjoy a Christmas gifts fair, dance shows, choir singing and on December 22nd cheer in the Santa Parade!

Free Entrance

Find the detailed schedule HERE

Tip: Take advantage of the island’s sunny weather by visiting the striking beaches of Protaras and take in breathtaking views or perhaps a swim in the bluest clear waters of the area.
The Ayia Napa Beaches are astonishing all year round. Don’t hesitate to visit them, relax by the beach or if the day is sunny take a swim.
Do not miss the Sunset in Cavos View Point in Cape Greko National Park
Merry Christmas from Cyprus

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

Photos by 1) All About Limassol 2) Petros Fiakkas