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Christmas Events, Arts & Living December

cyprus arts and eventsby Natalie Haughton - The Little Lodge Christmas Market takes place in Maroni Village (near Larnaca) on Dec 3rd from 3pm-7pm.  There will be carols, mince pies, mulled wine, gifts and decorations.  The address is 14 Ay Minas street.  Call 9951 1264.

Highgate School's Enchanted Christmas takes place on Saturday 3rd Dec from 12:00 – 5pm.  Lots of things for children to do plus there’s Christmas mural painting, Christmas cinema, and a Christmas piñata.  At 4pm there will be carols with Father Christmas and his helpers, mulled wine and warm chocolate around the tree. For details of how to get there go to the school website, 99 918 803.

The Christmas Fayre organised by The Cypriot-German Cultural Association takes place on Saturday 3rd December in Nicosia at the Goethe Institut from 16:00 - 20:00.

The Aphrodite Hills traditional Christmas Market takes place of Sunday 4th Dec from 11am-5pm.  It’s a fun festive day out for the whole family.  There will be stalls selling handicrafts, Christmas decorations and traditional foods, a Christmas Choir, fun activities for kids, a Nativity Manger and even a visit from Santa.

The Friends for Life – Limassol Hospice Care Appeal’s Annual Christmas Fair is from 11am-7pm on Dec 4th and 5th at the Atlantica Miramare Beach Hotel, Yermasoyia.  There’ll be all sorts of items on sale including aromatherapy, mosaics, woodcraft, pottery and jewellery. Entry is €2.5o for adults, children go free.  More info from 9926 9016
The Cans for Kids monthly quiz is on Fri, Dec 2nd at 8:30pm at the ESOBGA Clubhouse (next to the Junior School and Municipal Park). Entry is €5 per person and there’s a maximum of 6 members per team. Individual players can join understaffed teams.

The PRIO Cyprus Centre is holding a symposium called ‘The Meaning of the ‘Arab Spring’’ on Fri Dec 2nd at Chateau Status (buffer zone Nicosia). It starts at 9am until just after lunch.   If you would like to attend email

The Cyprus College of Art Christmas Show 2011 AESTHETICA opens at The Cornaro Institute, 23 Mehmet Ali Street, 6026 Larnaca on Thursday 8 December 2011, 7.00pm. Featuring work by art students from the College's Foundation Course, undergraduate programme in Fine Art and MA Fine Art, and the College artists, Stass Paraskos, Andreas Efstathiou, Sarah Hoskins, Margaret Paraskos, Peter Bird, Sevan Malikyan, Kaliopi Nicolao, Margarita Drosopoulou and Angela Paleomylites. The exhibition continues until 15 December 2011, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm. For further information telephone Cyprus (+357) 2425 4042 -

Moving Silence brings together musicians from Berlin, Nicosia and Athens to perform live soundtracks for "silent" video and film works by contemporary creators.  It’s at the ArTos Foundation on Fri, Dec 2nd at, 8:30pm.  More info from their Facebook page

The students of the Mediterranean High School are performing the music from the West End musical We Will Rock You on Dec 2nd, 3rd and 5th at the school’s theatre (10 Kilkis St L/nca). Tickets are €5 call 7000 1220.

The 2nd Troodos Zivania Festival starts on Dec 4th with a Zivania fete in the village of Alona.  There are events throughout the month

On Sat 3rd and Sun 4th Dec at the Pallas Theatre in N/isa the Asomates Dynamic Dance company will be performing the Kreutzer Sonata, a chamber dance drama about love, passion, violence and solitude.  Tickets are €12 and are on sale from 9936 0503 or email

On Sun 4th Dec Andrew Oliver’s ‘Elton John Show’ will be at the newly refurbished Taps Bar and Grill (Amathus Avenue (sea front road) near Arsenoe Hotel, Limassol.   It starts at 9.30pm   and tickets are €10. For reservations call 9965 6712.

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of the music of Mozart and Salieri.  Featuring the soloists Natalia Lomeiko (violin) and Yuri Zhislin (viola).  It’s Thurs Dec 8th at the Strovolos Municipal theatre.  Tickets are €12.  Call the box office on 7777 7745. 

The final workshops by French oenologist and sommelier, Michel Constantin, are on Dec 13th and 20th at the French Institute in Nicosia (3 Vasilisis Amalias St, Ayios Andreas).  Classes are for between 6-10 people, from 7-9pm.  There is a €150 fee. Call 2245 9333 or email
After a worldwide tour the exhibition, The Complete Sculptures of Edgar Degas will be in Cyprus at the Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Lanitis Carob Mill in L/ssol.  The exhibition opens on Dec 10th through till Feb 12th next year; opening times are every day (except Mon) from 10am-1pm and 4-8pm and on Sat & Sun from 4-8pm.   All 74 bronze sculptures by Degas will be on show including “The Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen.”  For further details email:  or phone 2534 2123.

Little Kickers is soccer training for pre-schoolers both boys and girls. There are sessions in both Nicosia and Larnaca during the week and at weekends.  For more details go to
The Combined Service Rambling Club (CRSC) will be walking on Sun 11th Dec.  The route circular, 8½ Miles/Grade 3 and is from Lania – Trimiklini – Silikou – Lania.  No Buses.  To book either email:   or phone: 99 292092 by midday Wed 7th Dec.  Also, when booking please say whether you will be attending for the walk only, the lunch only, or both.
Iced Earth, the American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida, is performing in Cyprus on Dec 15th at the N/sia Pavilion Hall.   Sonik Death Monkey is the support act.   Tickets are €30 and are on sale from .

As part of the CYPRUS AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE lectures,  Prof. Michael R. Cosby, Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek Messiah College, will be talking about “Finding Joseph Barnabas, Cypriot Apostle of Freedom” on Thurs December 15th .  The lecture starts at 7pm and will be held in the CAARI Library (11 Andrea Demetriou St., N/sia).  For more information call 22456414 or email
The annual Boxing Day Afternoon Race meeting takes place on Mon 26th Dec.  Tickets are €25 which includes entrance to the Racecourse & a Buffet Lunch with Desserts. Drinks are not included and Children under 12 pay half price.  The first race is at 3pm and the last is at 8pm.  Tickets have to be purchased in advance before Wed 21st Dec.  Call Diana at HQ UN Police on 2261-4756 or 99413479 E-mail: 
ACT is performing Aladdin as their traditional Christmas pantomime this year on Sat Dec 3rd (3pm & 7.30pm) Fri Dec 9th (7.30pm) Sat Dec 10th (3pm & 7.30pm) and Sun Dec 11th (11am & 3pm).  Tickets are €12 for adults.   Prices are €6 for children 2-12 on Dec 3rd at 3pm & 7.3opm and Dec 11th at 11am. Tickets are on sale at the Russian Cultural Centre from 4-6pm Mon-Fri.  Or call 2232 9293.

Stage One Theatre Company is performing the traditional Panto ‘Dick Whittington’ at the Emba Theatre in Paphos.  The dates are Dec 4th & 6th-10th. Tickets are €12 for adults and €6 for children.  The telephone box office is open from 10am-1pm, Mon-Fri 9996 7737 or email
The PAWS Christmas Ball takes place on Dec 10th at the Amathus Hotel in P/os.  Tickets are on sale from the reception desk.  For more information call 26 883300 or email
The Koumoulis language Centre (49, Kennedy Ave N/sia) is offering a Greek Language course from Mon 12th Dec.  For more details call 2242 1970.

The Ayios Antonios Municipal market (Evgenias & Antoniou Theodotou Str. N/sia) has now re-opened after its renovation.  Among the many stores and stalls, there is a Cypriot handicraft stall, a deli counter plus a small café. 

The Christmas stock is in at Lyssi Mini Market (Old Paphos Road, Episkopi Village).  They have toys, gifts, Christmas cards for relatives, Christmas decorations and Christmas trees.  Open every day including Sunday.  Tel:- 2593 3307.

The BookYard (6D Miaouli, Ayios Omoloyites, N/sia) has a wide range of titles and genres including children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, crafts, cookery and sports.  All for a reasonable price.  For more info call 2266 9060 or email 
Why not see old Nicosia on a Segway?   The Segway has arrived in Cyprus.   Tours are 7 days a week 11am-1.30pm, 2.30pm-5pm and 6pm-8.30pm.  It costs €39 per person.  Call 2276 3736.  For more info check the website


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