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 2019 and the beginning of January 2020. 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 30th November, 2019 at Independence Square from 20.00 onwards.
Children choirs will be singing Christmas carols during this opening ceremony. The Minister for Gozo will switch on the Christmas tree, the lights of the main street of Victoria, Republic Street and also other various street decorations in secondary streets around the capital city.
A 3D mapping light show on the facade of Banca Giuratale will follow.
Free mulled wine or hot chocolate and other local delicacies will be offered to all people present whilst being entertained by Alfina Frestae from Catania and the Allegro Moderato Orchestra from Milan.
Start your Christmas season in Gozo with Carols, Lights & Merriment.
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 Sunday 22nd December, 2019 at 19.30, Republic Street in Victoria will host the Christmas Parade. The parade ends in Independence Square. 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 Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria on Sunday 15th December, 2019 from 10.00 till 18.00 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 including unlimited rides, face painting and arts and crafts, amongst others. In case of bad weather, the event will be held at the Gozo Sports Complex.
This Christmas Village is going to be held from Friday 13th until Sunday 15th December, 2019 in Gozitano Agricultural Village in Xewkija. One can visit the different stalls including food stalls, tastings, mulled wine, Christmas pastries, 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, choirs and performers, tastings of different local products, exhibition by the (VCG) Military Vehicle Club Gozo, Lord Chambray Brewery Tours and Gozo Cottage Complex Tours, amongst others.
Other Christmas Village called ‘The Magro Christmas Family Fest’ is going to be held in Savina Centre in L-Ghassara Street in Xewkija during the month of December. One will find various activities for all family members including crafts sessions, cooking sessions and carousel rides, amongst others. An open day will be held on Sunday 8th December, 2019 at the said centre. There will be carousel rides, free candles, free farm visits, free train rides, baking crafts, free tastings and in-store discounts.
The village of Nadur is also hosting the typical Christmas village. The Christmas villages will includes the Santa’s House where Kids have the possibility to take and print photos. There will be also live entertainment, marches and games amongst other activities. The event is going to be held on Thursday 19th December, 2019 from 19.30 onwards in the main square of Nadur. In case of bad weather, the event will be held on the following day.
The Christmas market in Villa Rundle in the capital city of Gozo will be held during the month of December starting from Sunday 1st December, 2019. Gozo artisans stalls will be participating in this event.
Swejjaq – The Open Market Christmas Edition will be held on Sunday 1st December, 2019 from 12.00 onwards in San Lawrenz main square. One will find stalls including artisanal artifacts and typical Maltese food and beverage related to this season, amongst others. This event is a Single-use Plastic Free event.
The pittoresque village of Munxar is organising ‘La Magia di Natale’. The event will consists of a Christmas market with around twenty stalls, children entertainment, character animations such as Christmas Father and choirs singing Christmas carols. The event will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December, 2019 in the centre of the village.
The organisation ‘Kummissjoni Zghazagh Fontana’ is organizing its second edition of ‘Milied fl-Ghejjun’ in Fontana centre. The event will take place on Friday 20th December, 2019 at 19.00. Stalls with Christmas ornaments, crafts, Christmas related food and drink and traditional Christmas candy, amongst others. Children choirs, local singers are participating. Children can take a photo with Father Christmas.
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 international performers to mark the end of the Year 2019 and Welcome the New Year 2020. DCapitals, Michela & Friends, JJoy, Mae, IVY WALLS, BennyGee and the international artist Becky Hill will be all taking part in this event. Thus, come, and join in Independence Square & St. George’s Square in Victoria, to start the New Year 2020 off with a bang. The event starts at 21.30.
Adoration of the Magi
The Adoration of the Magi held on Sunday 5th January, 2020 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/visitgozo/docs/gozo_-_xmas_booklet_-_for_web_4a51d9953d2faa?fbclid=IwAR13fWdqz8AT_7l-4g4ZLMGIE4xp8Mc0HqErRAZINWfqqA5gNReejjAEFWo
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