06 December 2013 13:57

Aiming to create a festive atmosphere in the capital, Nicosia Municipality is launching a series of Christmas events that start today and continue until January 6.
Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis said events will include a “Christmas Avenue” winter wonderland to take place within a section of Makarios Avenue that has been temporarily pedestrianised to host Christmas events.
The latter, an initiative of the “Lefkosiazo” volunteer group and Nicosia Municipality, and will see part of the avenue transformed into a small Christmas village, with wooden houses, Christmas decoration and lots of activities.
“The aim is that through culture and artistic expression we can help the city recover but also offer residents opportunities to experience a festive Christmas,” said Yiorkadjis.
He also announced that the municipality has prepared 540 “packages of love” which will be given to families in need who live in Nicosia to support them financially during the Christmas period.
“I hope that the new year will be the start for even greater solidarity and support towards those in need.”
The Mayor said the inauguration of the Christmas Avenue will take place on Sunday, at 5pm while the festive programme will start at 4pm and will include a Christmas choir, a philharmonic band, dance and a special appearance of Santa Claus.
The well-known traditional funfair at the Constanza Moat has already started with carousels, a skating rink, a Santa Claus workshop, games, dance and more.
Nicosia Municipality will light its Christmas tree next Friday, at the D’Avila Bastion (Nicosia Town Hall) with a music programme by a choir including a number of participating primary schools and the band. The Christmas tree lighting will also kickstart the municipality’s Christmas events in other parts of the town.
Christmas festivities include events to take place at Stasicratous street between December 13 and 15. The “Sparkling Stasikratous” event will host an art exhibition, cocktail party, concert and much more.
More events will take place on Themistokli Dervis St., between December 16 and 22, including a photography exhibition entitled “Urban Environment - A glimpse on the other side” comprised of 25 photographs taken by nine French and Cypriot photographers.
Festivities will also take place at the Chrysaliniotissa Multi-workshop Centre on December 16 with artworks on sale.
Phaneromeni Square, between December 20 and 22, will host “Faneromeni Xmas Fest” to include a street party, bazaar while artists will create artworks live at the event.
Nicosia Mayor apologised for any inconvenience caused to residents due to Makarios avenue being closed to traffic, but expressed the hope that the efforts of the municipality and shop owners to bring life into the centre of town this holiday season will be supported.
Nicosia Police head Kypros Michaelides said that in collaboration with the municipality, efforts will be made to solve any problems that may occur. For the full Christmas festivities programme visit www.nicosia.org.cy


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