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Oroklini’s big Christmas event

The annual ‘Traditional Christmas Market’ held in Oroklini by Sarah Campbell of Mosaic Island, has expanded this year to include the Community Council’s official events, too, making it the village’s largest Christmas event.

The market has been organised by Sarah since 2012, taking place out in the old streets, and incorporating elements of a traditional English Christmas market, with stalls, seasonal food and drink and a Santa’s grotto.

This year’s market will take place on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, from 5pm-10pm, in the old part of the village (between Mandra Tavern and Lithos bar). The Community Council will also hold its official Christmas tree lighting on the Friday, with four choirs from the village singing Christmas carols and Santa giving out gifts.

On both evenings there will be over 100 stalls, whilst the food and drink will include traditional Christmas fare, including mince pies, mulled wine, turkey sandwiches and German sausages.

Sarah says she wanted to bring the traditions of her home to the island: “Having lived in Manchester where they have big Christmas markets that really get you into the festive spirit, I missed that feeling – especially when the sun is shining here at Christmas!

“Holding the market is a way to bring a more ‘Christmassy’ feel to Oroklini,” she says.

As this is the fifth market, the event has grown from 30 tables to 130 this year, and Sarah says she has a list of stall-holders who want to attend, but cannot accommodate any more. “I had to stop at 130 stalls this year due to space, but people from all over the island have shown an interest, with one stall-holder from Paphos telling me it was the best market they did last year.”

The numbers of visitors have also grown to over 5,000, prompting Sarah to extend the event to two evenings, and she is also thrilled that the Community Council wanted to combine the market with their festivities. “I believe the Community Council’s participation is going to really make this the best event yet, combining elements of both the Cypriot and British Christmas celebrations,” she says.

The Community Council says it made sense to join forces: “We used to organise our event every year in a park in Oroklini. After the great success of the Christmas Market, and the beautiful stalls with all the Christmas decorations that create such a great atmosphere to start the festive period, we decided to have our event on the same day.

“We are adding the carols and a Santa who will give presents to all the children, and we think that this year’s Christmas Market will be the best yet.”

For more information, visit the Facebook page: Traditional Christmas Market 2016.

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