Christmas is a highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its religious significance a well as in its more social aspect. Nativity scenes, displays of cribs and carol services are just a few of the activities organized in the different localities of Malta and Gozo.
The congregation at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta is sure to allow for a very special evening, inclusive of candlelit carol singing. Other Baroque parish churches across the Islands are just as awe-inspiring during advent. Their interiors are decked out in papal crimson and altars are adorned with flowers. All churches have a calendar of events, ranging from the procession of Mary and Joseph, to carol singing in the streets.
Visiting cribs is a popular activity at Christmas time and many locals spend time touring the various ‘presepju’ displays. Cribs are often beautifully decorated , sometimes with mechanical figures and the type of incredible detail that comes from hours of meticulous work by dedicated craftsmen.
The annual pantomime held at the Manoel Theatre is well- loved by children, and adults alike. It’s a happy mix of good slapstick humour for children and satire for adults.