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Best Places to Visit in Cyprus for Christmas Cheer

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Plan a day trip or weekend getaway to get some holiday cheer. This article highlights the best places to visit in Cyprus for Christmas cheer.

As the festive season approaches, Cyprus transforms into a winter wonderland, offering expats and digital nomads a unique blend of traditional and modern holiday experiences. From the twinkling lights of Nicosia to the festive markets of Limassol, there's a wealth of places to visit in December to get into the holiday spirit. Whether you're looking for a taste of Cypriot Christmas treats or the joy of holiday events, these destinations are sure to fill your season with cheer.

Nicosia's Ledra Street

In the heart of Cyprus' capital, Nicosia, Ledra Street comes alive during the holiday season. This bustling pedestrian thoroughfare is adorned with festive decorations and lights, creating a magical atmosphere for shopping and leisurely strolls. The Christmas market here is a highlight, offering a variety of local crafts, gifts, and seasonal delicacies. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of carolers and live performances, typically taking place throughout December, adding to the festive ambiance.

We Recommend: Don't miss the chance to try the traditional Cypriot Christmas cookies, kourabiedes, which are a buttery delight covered in powdered sugar, often found at the market stalls.

Limassol's Old Port

Limassol's Old Port area is transformed into a winter festival ground, with the annual Christmas market being a focal point for holiday celebrations. The market features a variety of stalls selling handmade gifts, ornaments, and festive foods. The aroma of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts fills the air, while children can often be found enjoying various activities and workshops. The market usually runs from early December until the New Year, making it a perfect spot for holiday shopping and entertainment.

We Recommend: Be sure to savor a cup of the rich, spiced mulled wine that's a staple at the market, perfect for keeping warm on a cool December evening.

Paphos' Kings Avenue Mall

For those who prefer an indoor setting, Paphos' Kings Avenue Mall decks its halls with spectacular Christmas decorations. The mall hosts a variety of events, including visits from Santa Claus, choirs singing carols, and even ice-skating rinks. It's a great place to find gifts for loved ones, with an array of shops offering holiday sales. The festive atmosphere is ideal for families and individuals looking to escape the chill and enjoy the holiday spirit in a modern, comfortable environment.

We Recommend: Take a break from shopping to enjoy the holiday performances, which often feature local talent and provide a delightful soundtrack to your mall experience.

Larnaca's Finikoudes Promenade

Larnaca's famous Finikoudes Promenade is another must-visit destination during the holiday season. The palm-lined street next to the beach is beautifully lit, and the sound of the waves provides a unique backdrop to the Christmas festivities. Seasonal events, including parades and live music, are common, with the promenade hosting a charming Christmas market where artisans sell their wares. The market is a great place to find unique gifts and sample traditional Cypriot Christmas treats.

We Recommend: Try the delicious loukoumades, a Cypriot version of doughnuts, often drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon, available at the market.

Troodos Mountains

For a white Christmas experience, head to the Troodos Mountains, where the high altitudes often bring snow in December. The picturesque villages here, like Platres and Kakopetria, are adorned with festive decorations and offer a more traditional Cypriot Christmas atmosphere. The crisp mountain air and the possibility of snowfall make this a unique place to celebrate the holidays in Cyprus. Local taverns serve up hearty Cypriot dishes, perfect for the season.

We Recommend: After a day in the snow, warm up with a traditional Cypriot meal, such as souvla, which is a popular grilled meat dish, often enjoyed during festive gatherings.

Ayia Napa's Central Square

Ayia Napa may be known for its summer parties, but in December, the Central Square turns into a festive hub with its own Christmas market and events. The square is beautifully decorated with a large Christmas tree and lights, creating a joyful atmosphere. Visitors can browse through the market stalls for gifts and enjoy the local food and drink offerings. The town also hosts various holiday-themed events, including concerts and children's activities, making it a family-friendly destination.

We Recommend: Indulge in some traditional Cypriot sweets like melomakarona, honey-soaked cookies with walnuts, which are a festive favorite at the market.

Protaras' Fig Tree Bay

While Protaras is a popular summer destination, Fig Tree Bay offers a serene and festive escape during the winter months. The area is less crowded, allowing for peaceful walks along the beach with the added bonus of holiday decorations and lights. Local businesses often host holiday events, and the nearby Paralimni town square typically features a Christmas market with traditional Cypriot crafts and foods.

We Recommend: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the bay and then head to the Paralimni Christmas market to pick up some handcrafted Cypriot lace, a beautiful and intricate souvenir.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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