Halfway through November, and we’re already pitching the Christmas market scene to you. To be fair, we don’t set the dates, we just report on what’s happening – but doesn’t it all seem to be getting earlier and earlier each year? There was a time (well within living memory!) when Christmas gifts were snapped up in the last week or so, a mere addendum to the religious spirit of the event. But these days, the material seems to have overtaken the spiritual, and gift-getting seems to be The Reason For The Season. That said, it could just be that everyone’s become super organised, planning their shopping well in advance of the actual day… Whatever the case, here are a few of this month’s many Christmas Markets. Stand by for more in Markets Mark II next week!
NOVEMBER 23: POLIS
Another one with the emphasis firmly on the homemade, the Polis Herb Garden Christmas Handicrafts Market comes to you courtesy of The Polis Herb Garden Restaurant and Tanith Handicrafts. Running from 4 to 8pm, it’s the usual mix of “decorations, art work, cards, and jewellery” along with “homemade cakes, sweets, pastries, honey and other yummy goodies”. Plus, for sated shoppers, there’s the lovely herb garden out back should you fancy a contemplative wander amidst the Xmas bustle.
For more information, visit the Facebook event ‘Polis Herb Garden Christmas Handicrafts Market’
NOVEMBER 24: NICOSIA, CHLORAKAS
Depending on which end of the island you frequent, you’ve a choice of Xmas fairs today. The first, taking place in Nicosia, is the granddaddy of them all: the St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Christmas Bazaar. Open between 10am and 3pm, this is always a jolly day out for the whole family: books, clothes, gifts and treats alongside excellent food and fun activities. The second, down in Chlorakas, is the Cyprus Samaritans ‘Christmas Fayre’. Hosted by the Angelika Restaurant-Café between 9am and 1.30pm, this promises “lots of stalls with cakes, clothes, jewellery, books, crafts, bric-à-brac, Christmas items and many more.”
For more information, visit the Facebook events ‘St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Christmas Bazaar’ or ‘Christmas FAYRE Samaritans’
NOVEMBER 25: PEYIA
Over in Peyia, it’s the ‘Peyia Village Christmas Market’ which draws the punters. Held underneath the trees in the village square, this annual event is always worth a visit for its eclectic mix of stalls and activities. “Packed with stallholders selling lots of Christmas goodies and gifts”, the market will be all a-bustle between the hours of 9am and 2pm. Take the kids along too: apparently there’s a “visit from Santa with lots of surprises” in the offing!
For more information, visit the Facebook event ‘Peyia Village Christmas Market’
NOVEMBER 30/DECEMBER 1: DHEKELIA
Today brings the Big One for Larnaca residents: the 7th annual Traditional Christmas Market. Taking place at the forest beach on Dhekelia Road, this two-day event opens its doors each evening from 5pm to 10pm, delivering a Christmas compendium of delights. “Over 130 stalls selling all types of Christmas gifts, decorations and food to prepare you for the festivities” along with captivating carols from countless choirs, crafty activities with Santa (and helpers), and the promise of glühwein by the gallon make this a generally jolly romp for the whole family. Entrance to this one costs (€1 a head), so it’s bound to deliver!
For more information, visit the Facebook event ‘Traditional Christmas Market 2018’