Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:46

Tis's the season to be shopping

Limassol's Highstreet - Anexartisias Street Limassol's Highstreet - Anexartisias Street

For those who like to combine their Christmas shopping with an outdoor stroll, Limassol’s Anexartisias Street has been a long-standing favourite.

Some 115 shops offer brand clothing, shoes, accessories and beauty products.
To add to the Christmas spirit, a full programme of Christmas events with music and dance is offered at Gregori Afxentiou Square.

With an occupancy of 99%, the High Street is bouncing back to its former glory and, with big name shops investing heavily in Christmas decorations, there is not only light in the streets, but hope on people’s minds, according to the representative of the town’s shop owners, Kristis Demetriou.

The shops are ready to make consumers’ Christmas a merry one.

To ensure shoppers enjoy a maximum of purchasing hours, all shops along Anexartisias Street will be open daily from 9am to 8pm during December, with the exception of December 25 and 26.

Local shopping with a special touch
Meanwhile, nearby St. Andrews Street offers quirky gift ideas, with a variety of shops that do not only cater to tourists. Clothing, shoes, beauty products, sweets, household items, bags – the list is endless! Christmas decorations, good bargains and an international flair with many visitors await shoppers on Limassol’s oldest shopping street.

Among the different options for a limited budget, there is Right Here, a charity shop offering used, new and almost-new items and many household and decorative wares that make great gifts.

“It is important that also those with a low income are able to buy gifts and enjoy this season,” says one of the shop’s volunteers.

Proceeds of the bright and airy shop’s sales go to Wellspring Association, a non-profit organisation working for the support and restoration of individuals dealing with crises in their lives.

Purchases will, thus, make a difference in someone else’s life, too.

With the Molos nearby, visitors can enjoy a full day of varied shopping, entertainment, sea views and Christmas spirit.

Arts and crafts
Local arts and crafts markets, and various Christmas fairs and events are plentiful in December, many of them listed on social media sites. One of those unique shopping opportunities is provided by The Ark.

The Ark is a pop up shop by a collective of local artists, which is holding a month-long Christmas fair for its second year at ‘The Trade’, a beautifully-restored old building, formerly the Istorikon restaurant, providing a friendly setting for local shopping among old and new friends.

The initiative currently includes 22 local artists and crafters who collaborate to create events where they can exhibit, showcase and sell a rich variety of artwork and handmade products, including soaps, bags, accessories, jewellery, artworks, home decoration and more.
The creative group has been able to gain a regular following. “I am never disappointed by the range and quality of art and craft work by the artists at Ark, and it feels good to buy local,” says one shopper.

The opening hours are daily from noon until 8pm. Details can be found via the Ark Limassol Facebook page.

Another opportunity to buy local products combined with some time out of town will be offered on December 11 from 10am – 2pm at Zante, a restaurant and event venue run by a British couple, situated in Paramytha on the road to Troodos.

Homemade jams, farmers’ fresh produce, organic foods, cakes and bakes, arts and crafts will be available at this by-weekly event organised by Louise Rance, founder of Limassol Farmers and Craft Market to support small businesses.

For the December 11 event there will be mulled wine and musical entertainment by the Island Blend Choir and ‘Chryso’ singing festive tunes. Santa is also stopping by.

More information is available by calling 97689062 or on Facebook at Limassol Farmers/Craft Market.

Decorations and many choices at My Mall
Mall-lovers will enjoy the festive atmosphere at My Mall – the largest shopping mall in Cyprus, located in Zakaki.

With more than 150 retail stores, 1,600 free parking spaces, a multitude of eating and entertainment choices and leisure activities, it has something to offer the whole family.

This year, the mall features a special Christmas Art Exhibition – 18 unique Christmas trees are displayed on the mall’s ground floor creating an artistic festive atmosphere.

The trees are the result of a project by students of Frederick University’s School of Architecture, Fine and Applied Arts, based on My Mall’s incentive to support youth’s professional and personal development.

‘Christmas is an enchanting season’ is the exhibition’s title, with the question ‘What does Nativity mean to you?’ – to which answers are portrayed through the eyes of the University’s students.

The official opening ceremony of the art project will take place on December 12 from 6-8pm.

Other events throughout the month of December include charity events, ice-skating performances, promotional events, games, bazaars and workshops.

Details can be found by visiting:, calling 25-343777, or viewing the Facebook page My Mall.

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of December 9th 2016 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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