This is meant to be the most wonderful time of the year. Stricter measures and cancellation of some events though certainly doesn’t help to create a festive mood but some events can still go ahead and for the first time ever, five mountain communities are turning into Christmas villages this winter with activities, workshops and fun planned. One of them is the beloved Kalopanayiotis village that from December 10 to January 6 will welcome visitors Cyprus village style!
For almost one month, Kalopanayiotis will turn into a mini Christmas wonderland with festive décor and events planned to entertain old and young. From 11am to 4pm on weekdays and until 6pm on the weekends, Kalopanayiotis will host a variety of activities and performances with both a Christmas and a traditional mountain flair.
A total of 54 workshops are planned including children’s creations, treats, beeswax ointments, pottery, melomakarona making, handicrafts and more. A Christmas House will welcome children that want to write a letter to Santa while also offering a small gift such as a used book or a toy etc, that will be given to other children.
Other children’s activities include storytelling, musical narrative, face painting, shadow theatre, magicians, carol singing and games while adults and families can join walking tours of the village.
Not forgetting about the older generation, tavli and pilotta competitions will also take place while kiosks around the village will sell local products, hot beverages, honey, handmade knitwear, herbs, loukoumades and chestnuts.
Participation in the workshops and entrance to any museums or hospitality venues will require a SafePass and despite the tight measures in place, Kalopanayiotis hopes to spread a little bit of holiday cheer.