Festive Events in Nicosia Begin With Lighting the Christmas Tree!

Festive Events in Nicosia Begin With Lighting the Christmas Tree!

The festive season is underway!

Naturally, the best hotels in Nicosia are busy preparing to welcome back regular guests and new visitors. They all love the personalised, boutique lifestyle and many often stay right through to the New Year.

With daily temperatures typically peaking around 18C, celebrating Christmas and New Year in the mild warm Mediterranean air is simply an irresistible combination. In 2018, a record-breaking 106,500 visitors were in Cyprus during December, up from 99,000 the year before (Cyprus Statistical Service).

Lighting the Christmas Tree

For those currently visiting Nicosia, the start of December sees the first of many traditional events in Nicosia to herald the coming celebrations. Lighting the Christmas Tree –  in a local public space – definitely sends a message that the festive season has begun.

The Sosse Chapter of humanitarian aid group, ARS Cyprus (founded in 1910), will be hosting this inaugural event with a “decoration and lighting” of their Christmas Tree at Homenetmen AYMA, Alasia 8, Nicosia on Sunday 1st December, starting at 3:30pm. The switching on of the lights is schedule for 6:00pm and everyone is welcome to continue the celebrations accompanied by music, snacks and a display of arts and crafts.

Annual German Christmas Fayre

On the same day, the annual German Christmas Fayre, organised by the Cypriot-German Cultural Association takes place at the Municipal Centre, by Famagusta Gate between 1:00 and 8:00pm. There will  definitely be something for everybody among a huge variety of handmade gifts and traditional German Christmas decorations and treats, such as Lebkuchen ( a traditional German baked Christmas cookie) and Stollen (a fruit bread of nuts, spices and candied fruit, coated with powdered sugar) brought directly from Germany at affordable prices.

No traditional German Fayre would be complete without the chance to enjoy the ever-popular German sausages, Glühwein (mulled wine) plus a variety of other German beers to sample, waffles and many other delicacies. All accompanied by a live serenade of Christmas music. There’s even an appearance by Santa Claus too!

Viennese Christmas Concert

A long-established tradition in Austria, the Viennese Christmas Concert takes place at the Presidential Palace, Nicosia, on Thursday, December 5th (8:00pm).

This special concert was first held in Nicosia in 2015 – and every year since then – in support of the Cyprus Association, “One Wish One Dream”, for children suffering with cancer and related diseases.

The annual collaboration with the Embassy of Austria in Cyprus is also under the patronage of Mrs Antri Anastasiades, wife of the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

This year features the special appearance of The Vienna Classic Orchestra alongside international singers and musicians. Many popular Christmas songs will be included in the programme as well as highlights from Viennese “Opereta and Valses”.

 

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