Tomorrow, it will be time to tear open that first window of the advent calendar and start the countdown. And then we will really be in the swing of things and the time will be right for Christmas markets, fayres and bazaars in every city.
Sunday is when it all begins. In Paphos the Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre will have its fourth Christmas Art Market from 10am until 5pm. There will be plenty of handmade creations on sale such as jewellery, Christmas decorations, handbags, scarves, books, traditional products, sweets and much, much more, all ideal for putting in Christmas stockings or decorating the house. You will also get the chance to meet the artists and creators behind the creations and perhaps get a bit of background information about what you are buying.
But it won’t all be about Christmas gifts, there will also be a cartoon carols workshop entitled Cartoon Carols: Giving Life to the Christmas Songs, which will be running at 11.30am for children and the entire family. Cartoon artist Panagiota Michael will run this free workshop, during which all participants will draw scenes and characters from popular Christmas songs, like the little drummer boy or Rudolph.
There will also be a second workshop at 3.30pm, where the whole family can create their own Christmas ornaments with artist Chara Papadopoulou. The participation fee for this handicraft workshop is €5.
Also in Paphos, the annual Elea Christmas Fair will have over 50 stalls selling quality handmade and imported products. The fair will have a large selection of candles, books, Christmas cards, jewellery, cakes, ceramics and lots of Christmas gifts to choose from.
In Larnaca, Apothiki 79 will hold an arts and crafts sale with products by Athena Morphi. Morphi creates unique and custom-made decorations for the house and other artsy products, as she feels that art is a way to express feelings, beliefs and moods. The event will run from 10am until 7pm.
Now to the capital, where a bunch of different events will have us Nicosians spoilt for choice.
At the Rivergate bookshop in Latsia, the ninth Children’s Christmas Fair will run from 10.30am until 3pm. There will be almost five hours of live music and dance performances, games, arts and crafts, all while the adults have a cup of coffee and something sweet to eat.
The Christmas bazaar at the Sporting Club of the Bank of Cyprus will run from 10am until 4pm to raise funds for the Alkionides charity. There will be Christmas carols sung by children’s choirs, lots of sweets and cakes on sale made by volunteers of the charity organisation, and handmade creations, like lucky charms, on sale. A lavish buffet will also be available for lunch.
Last up in the capital is the German Christmas Fair at the Goethe Institut, where a traditional German Christmas fair will be running from 3pm until 8pm. There will be traditional Christmas treats like Lebkuchen and Stollen on sale, directly from Germany, along with a huge variety of special, handmade gifts and traditional German Christmas ornaments.
Meanwhile the Windcraft Band will entertain us with German Christmas music, and we will also be able to enjoy German sausages, tasty waffles, the well-known Gluhwein (mulled wine), different kinds of German beer and many other delicacies.
Fourth Christmas Art Market
A Christmas market with handmade creations for sale. December 3. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 10am-5pm. Tel: 70-002420
Elea Christmas Fair
Arts and Crafts, festival food and drink and entertainment. December 3. Elea Golf Club, Paphos. 10am-4pm. Free. Tel: 99-387311
Sweet Little Xmas
Arts and crafts for sale by Athena Morphi. December 3. Apothiki 79, 81-83 Ayios Lazaros Street, Larnaca. 10am-7pm. Tel: 99-083974
Ninth Children’s Christmas Fair
A whole day of events for children. December 3. Rivergate Bookshop, Latsia, Nicosia. 10.30am-3pm. Free. Tel: 22-572722
A bazaar organised by the Alkionides charity. December 3. The Sporting Club Bank of Cyprus, 135 Dimitri Stavrou Street, Geri, Nicosia. 10am-4pm. Tel: 22-361295
German Christmas Fayre
Traditional German Christmas fayre. December 3. Goethe Institut, 21 Markou Drakou, Nicosia. 3pm-8pm. Tel: 22-674608