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Christmas in Gozo: Festive Season on the Island of Joy.

Gozo is a special place to celebrate the beauty and wonder of Christmas. Like all religious festivals in the Maltese islands, Christmas celebrations engage many senses. The Christmas story is related through elaborate cribs, festive lights, live re-enactments of the Nativity scene, hearty meals, mulled wine and the warm atmosphere of Christmas markets, traditional songs played in village squares, church concerts and midnight masses. Locals love to celebrate Christmas and you can feel the festive atmosphere all around the island.

Christmas Decorations, Victoria Rundle 2021

Not just the streets, but many private homes are decorated with lights, cribs and displays of baby Jesus and angels. Most villages will have exhibitions of cribs and nativity scenes throughout the month of December.

The remarkable life-size animated crib in Nadur and the nativity village in Ghajnsielem are not to be missed.  Local participants in period costumes and animals take part in these crib exhibitions that re-create various Bethlehem scenes. After complete closure in 2020, Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem will re-open on selected dates in 2021, although with several restrictions and limitations in place.

During the festive season, several carol services and Christmas concerts will take place in lavishly decorated churches all over the island.

On Christmas Eve, many villages will have local processions with Baby Jesus, followed by pageants, carols, concerts, and a Midnight Mass with the traditional child sermon, where a young child addresses the congregation. The child sermon, a retelling of the Nativity story, is given by a boy or a girl between the ages of 7 and 10. This is considered to be a great honour and is usually prepared for months in advance.

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Christmas Day is usually quiet as it is considered family time and all the families reunite together for a Christmas lunch. It is a sumptuous meal, often with enough food to feed the whole family for a week. Traditional Christmas foods include mince pies and Christmas pudding – both a British influence, baked pork or chicken, a chestnut and chocolate drink, and “honey rings” – pastry filled with a blend of marmalade, sugar, lemon, oranges, mixed spice, cinnamon, vanilla and syrup.

Various indoor parties, events and outdoor celebrations are held on New Year’s Eve. In Victoria, a New Year’s Eve outdoor party will take place with live music and fireworks at midnight.

Several hotels and restaurants on Gozo will also be offering Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch, as well as New Year’s Eve gala dinner.

Below are some of the major events and attractions taking place on Gozo during the festive season. For a full list of events and activities, go to Christmas in Gozo 2021

CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2021

Orvieto Square, Kercem

Date: Mon, 6th December till Sun, 12th december

Time: Monday to Friday 4.00pm – 8.00p,, Saturday 4.00pm – 09.00pm, Sunday 1.00pm – 08.00pm

Munxar Square, Munxar

Date and Time: Saturday 18th December 7.00pm till 12.00am, Sunday 19th December 10.00am till 05.00pm

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AND CAROL SERVICES 2021

Sounds of Christmas

Date: Saturday 11th December

Time: 19:00

Location: Conventual Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Square, Victoria

Carolling Christmas

Date: Monday 13th December

Time: 20:00

Location: St. George’s Basilica, Victoria

Pop into Christmas – 5th Edition

Date: Saturday 18th December

Time: 20:00

Location: Independence Square, Victoria

Feel the Magic of Christmas (24th Edition)

Date: Sunday 19th December

Time: 20.00

Location: Astra Theatre, Victoria

Leone Grand Christmas Concert

Date: 23rd December

Time: 20:30

Location: Aurora Theatre, Victoria

DRIVE-THROUGH EXPERIENCE 2021

Meet and greet Santa Claus and other Christmas characters whilst staying comfy in the car

Date: 18th December 10.00am till 07.00pm

Location: Along Wileg Street, Qala