The switching on of Paphos Christmas tree lights will be a low-key affair this week, with no crowds permitted, due to the current pandemic restrictions, according to the local municipality.
“The tree will be illuminated by the mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos on Wednesday December 9 in Kennedy Square at 6pm, without the public for the first time,” a spokesman told the Cyprus Mail.
The town’s Christmas lights will also be switched on but no municipal events, gatherings or musical offerings of any size are in the works, nor look likely to be, he added.
“We would ask the public to be patient for a little longer, obey the measures and ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy. The vaccine will be available in Cyprus shortly, and slowly, a more recognisable life will return,” he added.
As with other towns across the island, the switching on of Christmas lights is usually a popular event which symbolises the start of planned festivities in the area, with people descending on the town to witness Father Christmas enter the old town on his sleigh and hand out sweets to children.
It is also usually a good earner for cafes, eateries, bars and restaurants that line Kennedy Square.