It’s Christmas Time on the Rocks!

Malta and Gozo are even more beautiful under the Christmas lights!

Every town organized a Christmas market and you will find yourself admiring a beautiful handmade Christmas Crib in the many churches as well as along the villages alleys and beautifully arranged windows.

Apart from the most traditional and religious Christmas Processions and Concerts, you will also participate to the Christmas Parades with international performers as Majorette Groups, Folk Groups and Marching Bands offering a truly Christmassy atmosphere.

A suggestive walk through live crib in Ghajnsielem Gozo is surely not to be missed.

Flora the Explorer collected all the events she could find on the web from the 19th to the 31st of December 😉

Let’s go with Santa!

 

visit Bethlehem f’ Ghajnsielem GOZO

The Ghajnsielem Christmas village promises a naturalistic reproduction of the environ of Bethlehem of 2000 years ago.

On entrance, a map is given to all visitors to enhance the overall experience.

Attractions include the carpenter and blacksmith’s dwellings, the bakery, a market selling natural fruits, fresh fish and vegetables, a tavern, a local crafts area and a barn.

Each dwelling is inhabited and animated by whole families, to remind everyone that Christmas is a celebration of the family.

The tavern offers local food and wine. A picnic area will offer the unique surroundings for a family outing on Sundays while oil lamps will be distributed for those who want to visit Bethlehem f’ Ghajnsielem by night. Fresh water will be flowing along these structures through a small stream with various water features.

The main attraction is certainly the grotto, with baby Jesus in the caring hands of Mary assisted by Joseph with a donkey and a cow close by.

Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem will also include re-enactments of the ‘trip’ from Nazareth to Bethlehem of Joseph and Mary as well as the Adoration of the Magi on the Epiphany (first Sunday after New Year’s day) when the three Wise Men will depart on horseback from Malta to Cirkewwa terminal where they will board a ferry in mid-afternoon before making the triumphal entrance to the nativity village.

THURSDAY 21 – FRIDAY 22 – SATURDAY 23
5.30 – 9.00PM

Presepju Ħaj fl-Imġarr – Live Crib in Mgarr
First time in Mgarr the Live Crib in a cave next to the Mgarr parish church.
Come and join in the Christmas Spirit!

Mellieha International Christmas Festival

The Mellieħa Local Council will be organising ‘The Mellieħa International Christmas Festival’’ on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th December 2017.

This activity will see the peak of activities held in Triq Ġorġ Borg Olivier and Misraħ il-Parroċċa from 19:30 onwards.

There will be various initiatives including dancing, art and crafts exhibitions and life crib prepared by children during these activities. Also sale of typical foods and drinks synonymous with the festive season will be for sale to be enjoyed by the general public.

Everyone is invited to attend this Christmas activity organised by the Mellieħa Local Council. Entrance is free of charge.

SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER
From 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Christmas Parade in Gozo

The Christmas Parade will start from the lower part of Republic Street and make its way up to Independence Square. The Parade will be a Christmas celebration exhibiting various beautiful costumes, popular characters and festive dancing choreographed by Natalie Sciortino of Centre Stage Academy. The musical band ‘Brass Tubes’ will bring the event a joyous end.

Christmas Season at Valletta Waterfront

Saturday 23 December, 7pm – 10.30pm

Sunday 24 December, 11.30am – 4.30pm and 7.00pm – 10.30pm

Monday 25 December, 11.30am to 4.30pm

At Valletta Waterfront we have an array of wonderful indoor and outdoor activities planned throughout December aimed for the good, and the cheeky.

Wednesday, December 27 
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

MYO Xmas Classics,  by Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Pjazza Kastilja, Valletta, Malta

For the second year running, the MYO heads down to Valletta to perform a selection of music fit for the festive season.

This year’s concert, directed by British conductor Robert Hodge, will feature orchestral Christmas favourites by Tchaikovsky, Leroy Anderson, Hess and Victor Hely-Hutchinson as well as timeless Yuletide classics.

Are you ready for…

New Year’s Eve celebrations?

VALLETTA NYE
Sunday, December 31 at 10 PM – 2 AM

A free event is being held at Independence Square and St. George’s Square in Victoria, Gozo, to welcome the new year 2018.

Artists for the night: J JOYThe New VictoriansYlenia SpiteriMae – band,DCapital’s BandDouble G’s and StraitAhead.

Epiphany in Gozo

 

SUNDAY 7 JANUARY

THE ARRIVALS OF THE MAGI, THE THREE KINGS

The Arrival of the Three Kings will be held on the Feast of the Epiphany in three different town in Gozo.

Ghajnsielem

First picture on the left is referring to Ghajnsielem: the Three Kings will depart on horseback from a yet-to-be-announced destination in Europe on the 2nd of January till the Epiphany day when on Sunday morning they will depart from a village in Malta before crossing the ferry and make the triumpahal entrance in the Nativity Village in the late afternoon. 

qala

The Three Knights will make their triumphal entry at Qala square (from 9.30am).

XAGHRA

The Three Knights will arrive in the Victory Sqaure in front of the Basilica of the Nativity of our Lady from 10.30 – 11.30am.