Christmas in Gozo: An island where traditions still live on

Christmas is a special time to be in Gozo.  Locals love to celebrate Christmas and the Christmas spirit is felt all around the island.  On the 1st of December, Republic Street in capital Victoria will be lit up and decorated for the occasion.  On the day, celebrations will also take place in Independence Square including a children’s choir singing Christmas carols.  During the festive season, churches all over the island will be decorated in Christmas décor and several choirs plus Christmas concerts will take place all around the island.

 

Below are some of the major events and attractions taking place on Gozo during the festive season.

 

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Date: Sat, 8th Dec 2018

Time: 16:00hrs until late at night

Location: San Lawrenz

Event Details: Christmas Market including the Christmas Fair

 

Date: Sun, 9th Dec 2018

Time: 09:00hrs to 16.00hrs

Location: Victory Square, Xaghra

Event Details: Xaghra Christmas Market

 

Date: Various

Time: Various

Location: Villa Rundle, Victoria

Event Details: see attached Christmas brochure

 

BETHLEHEM F’GHAJNSIELEM

The 10th edition of Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem will once again be the main attraction in Gozo during the festive season.  In the past years, it attracted thousands of visitors.  This open-air nativity village features a living crib and gives the opportunity to experience how life was in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.  The village tells the story of various characters who dressed in traditional costumes and highlights old traditional trades such as the fishermen, carpenter and the blacksmith.  One is also given the opportunity to try one of the several ‘hands-on’ tools.  There is also a local tavern which sells local food and an open-air market selling local vegetables and fruits.  Roman soldiers also attend the area.  The highlight of the village is, of course, the Grotto with the Madonna, St. Joseph and baby Jesus surrounded by a donkey and a cow.

Every year on the epiphany, as per tradition, three wise men will depart on horseback from a particular village on Malta, cross over the ferry and make their way to the Grotto in the village to present their gifts to baby Jesus.

 

Date: Sun, 9th Dec 2018 till Sun, 6th Jan 2019

Time: as per poster

Location: Ghajnsielem

Event Details: see attached Christmas brochure

 

 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

Date: Sat, 15th Dec 2018

Time: 18:30hrs

Location: Santa Lucija

Event Details: Festival of Light

 

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PROCESSIONS

Date: Sat, 22nd Dec 2018

Time: 20.00hrs

Location:  Victoria

Event Details: see attached Christmas brochure

 

Date: Mon, 24th Dec 2018

Time: 18:00hrs onwards

Locations: Xewkija, Qala, Victoria, Nadur

Events Details: Christmas Eve Processions

 

Date: Tue, 25th Dec 2018

Location: Dun Gorg Preca Street to the church, Xagħra.

Event Details: see attached Christmas brochure

 

CHRISTMAS DAY CONCERT

Date: Tue, 25th Dec 2018

Time: 01.00hrs to 02.30hrs

Location: St. George’s Square, Victoria

Events Details: Pop Into Christmas

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

Date: Mon, 31st Dec 2018

Location: Independence Square and St. George’s Square

Facebook Event Link: Gozo New Year’s Eve

 

The full programme can be found here: Christmas in Gozo 2018

 

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