Nothing says “Christmas is coming” more than the tinsel and glitter, hustle and bustle of the traditional Christmas Fairs, Christmas Lands and Festive concerts that magically appear in and around Limassol at the start of December. Londa too, is once again busy preparing her special Festive Christmas and New Year Packages which includes an overnight stay with breakfast, Christmas Eve “Gala or A La Carte” dinner, or the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, and an Afternoon Tea by the fireplace in the Caprice Lounge Bar.
Christmas is definitely in the air – but in typical Limassol style! Average temperatures over the festive season tend to settle for a pleasantly mild and comfortable 18C. Having the best of both worlds may explain why a record breaking 106,000 people chose to spend their Christmas break in Cyprus last year. In family-friendly Limassol there’s always a magical Christmas world for everyone to explore every day.
Traditional Christmas Concert
For the culturally curious, getting immersive with the Christmas experience in Cyprus might start with the traditional Christmas Concert of popular classical music at Limassol’s Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church, Thursday, December 5th (20:00 – 21:00), set within a captivating light installation.
Among a number of enduring favourites on the night will be the much-loved “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi, performed by unique Cyprus violin quartet, Papa Giorgio. A recital of Schubert’s “Ave Maria” will also be sung by international opera singer, Vasiliki Konstanti, who has performed in Italy, Germany, Cyprus and Greece with both the Cyprus and Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra and the Norddeutsche Philharmonie.
Magic and wonder transforms Old Port plus Santa’s Workshop
Following the success of the very first Limassol Christmas Land in 2018, the magic and wonder returns for the entire festive season, from 29th November until 12th January 2020 (19:00 – 23:00). This time it’s the turn of the Old Port square to be transformed into a glittering fantasy world complete with fair, amusement park, children’s theatre, games, toys, fun activities and food galore.
Once again, Limassol Christmas Land will receive a visit from Santa Clause and his workshop elves – direct from Rovaniemi, his official hometown in Lapland – bringing with them a sack load of gifts for the children. The switching on of the square illuminations will be followed by a free concert featuring well-known, Greek Cypriot singer-songwriter and gold disc winner, Giorgos Papadopoulos.
Nearby Limassol Marina is also the venue for the 10th Santa’s Workshop on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th (Opens 11:00am). The annual fundraiser at the Trakasol Cultural Centre is for families and children who need special social and financial support. The workshop attracted more than 5,000 visitors last year and the charity is hoping even more will come along this Christmas.
Traditional treats and eco-friendly products
Social and environmental concerns are also reflected alongside traditional treats and goodies, combined with handmade gifts and home made items at the Christmas Fair to be held at St Raphael Resort, Sunday 15th (10am to 8pm). There’s a variety of “kids activities” throughout the day plus interactive workshops. Local arts and crafts people will be offering for sale their handmade creations such as, artisan sweets, ceramic figurines and object-d’art made from natural wood.
Natural, eco-friendly products from local suppliers highlight an environmental theme. Available to buy will be handmade beeswax ointments, sustainable bamboo straws and toothbrushes, and certified vegan and organic beauty products – made with 100 per cent natural ingredients. A special selection of tasty cakes, ice creams, cheeses, breads and butters will all be totally gluten, dairy and sugar-free!
Music and games at Christmas Village
A further fascinating opportunity for cultural explorers is the 4th EpiDrasi Christmas Village at Episkopi Square, Friday 20 (18:00 – 21:00), Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 (10:00 – 21:00). For the entire three days, the village – only a 15 minutes drive from Limassol – and its community will be hosting a full programme of music, games and local food delicacies. Santa Claus makes an appearance here too with presents for the children.
The start of December also sees the opening of the first of the Advent calendar windows which counts down the days to Christmas Eve. Each time, a window reveals an image, poem, religious verse or prayer, or a small gift such as chocolate.
Every day in Limassol now, a magically transformed world also opens to invite guest visitors and their children to celebrate and enjoy the festive season, Cyprus style.