In the last years, the sister island of Malta, Gozo, attracted hundreds of visitors during the Christmas period. This is due to the fact that numerous Christmas-related events are organised during the month of December 2016 and the beginning of January 2017. The events range from Concerts, Crib Exhibitions, Christmas Parade, Christmas Pageant, Holy Night Mass, Children World (Fun for Kids), Christmas Village, New Year’s Eve Celebrations to the Adoration of the Magi.
In the following paragraphs, we are going to mention well-known events that you should visit during this festive season. Furthermore, we will also be providing you information that you might find useful during the Christmas period.
Official Opening of the Christmas Festivities
The official opening of the Christmas Festivities will be held on Saturday 3rd December, 2016 at Independence Square at 19.30. The Minister for Gozo will switch on the the Christmas tree and also the lights of the main street of Victoria, Republic Street and also other various street decorations in secondary streets around the capital city. The three childrens’ choirs Piccole Stelle Choir, ‘Fjur tal Martri Margherita’ and ‘Regina Angelorum’ and also the singer Michela Pace will participate during this event. The popular local band ‘The Travellers’ will close the official opening of the Christmas Festivities.
Concerts, Pageants and Musical Plays
During the months of December and the beginning of January, numerous concerts and Musical Plays with the participation of well-known local and foreign choirs, local bands and local performers will be organised. These performers or artists will perform concerts, pageants or musical plays related to the Christmas season. These events are held in different architectural Gozitan churches and chapels, squares and halls.
Cribs Exhibitions (Il-Presepju)
One shall visit the various mechanical and static artistic cribs exhibitions which are scattered around the island. One can witness the details of each crib narrating the story of the Birth of Jesus.
The island of Gozo also hosts the Live Nativity Scene most notably Betlehem, organised in Ghajnsielem. Furthermore, in other villages such as in Nadur and Xaghra, there will be also Live Nativity Scene where one can visit during this festive season.
During the month of December, one shall also visit the numerous Christmas related exhibitions where the exhibitors will exhibit items related to Christmas and churches.
On Saturday 17th December, 2016 at 19.30, Republic Street in Victoria will host the Christmas Parade. The parade ends in Independence Square with the participation of the local band ‘Brass Tubes’. During this parade, one can witness the different Christmas characters including Father Christmas, Snowmen, Christmas Bells and Christmas Trees, amongst other cartoon characters. Furthermore, the Parade will be with the participation of the local people wearing beautiful costumes.
Children World (Dinja tat –Tfal)
Children are also invited to visit the Gozo Sports Complex in Victoria between Saturday 17th December and Sunday 18th December, 2016 from 10.00 till 19.00 in order to experience the Children World. Here, children will have the opportunity to meet well-known animated characters and also have fun in the numerous of activities and games prepared for them.
The Christmas Village is going to be held from Saturday 10th December till Sunday 11th December, 2016 in Gozitano Agricultural Village in Xewkija. One can visit the different stalls including food stalls, tastings, mulled wine, Christmas pastries, Sausage stands, coffee stall, farmers market, honey stall, plants and poinsettia stall, amongst other stalls. During this event, there will be also activities for children, live singing and entertainment by local bands and performers, tastings of different local products, re-enactments and also building a crib. Children also have the opportunity to take a photo with Father Christmas.
Other Christmas Village called ‘Swejjaq tal-Milied’ is going to be held in the main square of Saint Lawrence on Sunday 4th December, 2016. There will be Christmas stalls with typical food and local artisan works. There will be also family entertainment, a traditional Christmas Fair and also a children’s area.
Ta’ Dbiegi in Gharb will also host the annual Christmas Village where you can take the opportunity to buy unique handcrafted Christmas gifts such as silver artefacts. Leather covers, glass, pottery and metal items amongst other items. Personalised gifts will be also available. Kids will have the opportunity to take photos with Father Christmas and they can also participate in open workshops. There will be also live entertainment throughout the day. The event is going to be held on Sunday 11th December, 2016 from 11.00 till 15.30.
Holy Night Mass
A Maltese Christmas tradition is the Holy Night Mass celebrated in each chapel or church around the island on Christmas Eve. Before the Mass, the traditional sermon of the Child recounting the birth of Baby Jesus will be held in the parish church.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Festive atmosphere provided by live local and foreign performers and singers in order to mark the end of the Year 2016 and Welcome the New Year 2017. Desi Campbell will be the special guest for this year. Thus, come, and join him in Independence Square in Victoria, to start the New Year 2017 off with a bang. The event starts at 22.00.
Adoration of the Magi
The Adoration of the Magi held on Sunday 8th January, 2017 will close this festive season. The Three Wise Men will make the triumphal entrance in the Live Nativity Scene on the feast of Epiphany. The Three Wise Men will offer their gifts (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh) to Baby Jesus. This public manifestation will be held in Qala, Xaghra and also in Betlehem in Ghajnsielem, Gozo.
For more information about Christmas in Gozo, you can log on https://issuu.com/keenltd/docs/christmas_in_gozo_2016
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