Christmas in Cyprus in the Sun!
Enjoy Christmas in Cyprus …
There are many lovely hotels to choose from close to the beach or inland where you can celebrate Christmas in style. During the day you can relax and chill out on one of the many lovely beaches or hire a car and explore the island. At night you can visit one of the many bazooki clubs or visit one of the concerts which feature top Greek and Cypriot singers.
For more information check out Cyprus Events in December.
Eating Out for Christmas in Cyprus ?
Some restaurants do remain open but you have to book a table well in advance. This also applies to many of the large hotels which offer traditional Christmas Day Dinner and New Year’s Eve meals and entertainment.
The Londa Hotel in Limassol also offer a gala menu for Christmas and the New Year and features the Caprice restaurant on the terrace overlooking the sea. Free WiFi and free private parking on site.
Christmas in Cyprus
Greek Cypriot Christmas Traditions
Christmas is celebrated as a religious holiday and on Christmas Eve everyone goes to church.
- Many of the children go from house to house singing seasonal carols (kalanda in Greek).
- Cypriot families celebrate the 12 days of Christmas which end with the feast of Epiphany on 6 January.
- Goblin-like spirits known as kallikantzeri make a lot of mischief during the twelve days of Christmas.
- Most people protect themselves from these spirits by wrapping a sprig of basil around a cross and then sprinkling it with holy water.
- The water is then sprinkled in each room throughout the 12 days of Christmas.
Christmas in Cyprus
Greek Cypriot Christmas Food
After the long 40 days of fasting, Greek Cypriots celebrate the birth of Christ in style.
As most of the food for Christmas in Cyprus has a religious significance there’s a lot of cooking to be done.
- Loaves of sweet Christopsomo bread (Christ Bread) are a tradition eaten on Christmas Eve all over Greece and Cyprus. Similar to brioche it contains nuts and raisins and candied peel.
- Dishes such as stuffed turkey (Γαλοπούλα γεμιστή), chicken, pork and roast lamb are traditionally eaten on Christmas day.
- Kotopoulo me Bizeli (chicken with peas) and pork with peas is another traditional dish at this time of year.
Traditional Greek Christmas Cakes & Desserts
Enjoyed throughout the festive season with favorites such as kourabiedes (Κουραμπιέδες) – small almond cakes coated in icing sugar one of the most popular.
Amongst our favorites are Melomakarona (Μελομακάρονα) or (Finikia – Φοινίκια).
These cakes are all easy to make or you can buy them in bakeries and supermarkets.
Greek Cypriot New Year in Cyprus
When all the children have gone to sleep the Vasilopita (cake with a coin inside) and a glass of wine are placed by the Christmas Tree.
Ayios Vasilis (St Basil) drinks the wine and blesses the cake and places presents around the tree. In the morning the cake is cut and the one who finds the coin will be lucky all year.
Pomegranates for Christmas in Cyprus
They are associated with Greek mythology and Persephone and the Underworld, with the gods Demeter, Aphrodite and Hera.
Pomegranates symbolize joyous times, good fortune, fertility and prosperity so enjoyed by many.
Where To Stay for Christmas in Cyprus?
You can find many excellent hotels, apartments and villas by using this link to Booking.com.
(Kala Christougena – Happy Christmas)