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Your perfect Christmas present – a festive break on Gozo

Posted on 26th November 2018 by

Posted in Activity , Christmas , Cultural Activities , Family , Fun , Music , Things to Do , Traditions , What to See in Gozo

You may only think of holidaying on Gozo during the sun-soaked summer months. But our lovely island makes a great destination for a winter break – and especially over the Christmas period.

From early December through to the new year Gozo celebrates Christmas in unique style with a festive mix of social and religious events held all across the island. Lights sparkle in houses, churches and village streets and you’ll see nativity scenes everywhere. Our blog post You’ll Love Celebrating Christmas on Gozo gives you a taste of what to expect.

So, if you’re thinking about a Christmas break this year, then consider our lovely island of Gozo for an unforgettable experience and maybe even a big family reunion in our cluster properties.

This blog post outlines some of the reasons why choosing a Christmas holiday on Gozo could be the perfect present to give your family this year.

You can also find a comprehensive listing of all the festive events on Gozo between 1 December 2018 and 6 January 2019 in the Christmas In Gozo booklet.

 

Christmas markets

Bustling Christmas market at St. George's Square, Gozo
Bustling Christmas market on Gozo. Photo credit: Ted Attard via VisitGozo.com

A Christmas market is almost guaranteed to get anyone in a festive mood and most villages on Gozo put on markets and Christmas fairs in the run up to the big day itself.

If you’re having a family break on Gozo at Christmas, these markets are a great place to stock up on last-minute Christmas gifts and to sample delicious local food and wine. There’s usually some family entertainment too, and Santa has been known to make an appearance:

  • Weekends throughout December – Villa Rundle Garden, Victoria
  • Saturday 8 December, from 4.00pm – San Lawrenz Square
  • Sunday 9 December, 9.00am – 4.00pm – Victory Square, Xaghra
  • Sunday 9 December, 10.00am – 8.30pm – Gozitano Agricultural Village, Xewkija

 

Children’s Christmas activities

Christmas is an especially magical time for children. Gozo’s twinkling lights, nativity scenes and Christmas carols will all appeal to your little ones. But we also have some events specifically designed for children, where they can have some fun and meet Santa:

  • Friday 14 December to Christmas Eve, 10.00am – 8.00pm – Santa at his craft factory, TaDbieġi Crafts Village, Għarb.
  • Saturday 15 December, 7.00pm – Christmas at the Spring Fountain, Għejjun Square, Fontana. There will be children’s choirs, Christmas craft stalls, and the opportunity to meet and take a photo with Santa.
  • Sunday 16 December, 10.00am- 8.00pm – Children’s World, Gozo Sports Centre Complex, Victoria. Expect a heady mix of face-painting, games, and arts and crafts.
  • Wednesday 19 December, 7.00pm – Santa’s House, St. Peter & St. Paul’s Square, Nadur. This Christmas village is designed for family fun, and children can take a selfie with Santa.

 

Traditional carol concerts

It wouldn’t be Christmas without some carol singing. Luckily, Gozo’s many choirs are all in good voice at this time of year and there are plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along as well:

  • Sunday 9 December, 8.00pm – Christmas Carol Concert with the Piccole Stelle children’s choir at St George’s Basilica, Victoria.
  • Friday 14 /Saturday 15 December, 7.30pm – Carols by Candlelight, this ever popular event features the Schola Cantorum Jubilate choir singing a variety of carols at the beautiful St Augustine’s Priory, Victoria.
  • Saturday 22 December, 11.30am – Christmas with the Laudate Pueri Choir, Il-Ħaġar Museum, St. George’s Square, Victoria.
  • Christmas Eve, 7.00pm – Christmas Eve Carolling, with the Gaulitanus Choir, Kempinski Hotel, San Lawrenz.
  • Friday, 28th December, 7.00pm – Puer Natus Est, with the Voci Angeliche Choir, Xagħra Parish Church
  • Saturday 29 December, 7.30pm – The Christmas Concert 2018, St James Church, Independence Square, Victoria, featuring carols sung by The Santa Ċeċilja Choir.

 

Christmas Concerts

Christmas concert by the Chorus Urbanus choir at St. George’s Basilica, Gozo. Photo credit: VisitGozo.com

Music is an important part of Gozitan culture and over the Christmas period you can enjoy many different types of musical concerts, from traditional orchestral performances to rock and pop concerts. So, it shouldn’t be hard to find something that all the family will enjoy:

  • Sunday 16 December, 7.00pm – The Grand Christmas Concert, St Margaret Parish Church, Sannat, featuring the St. Margaret band and guest singers.
  • Sunday 16 December, 8.00pm – Christmas Concert 2018, St. George’s Basilica, Victoria. This popular event has been on the Gozitan Christmas calendar for 25 years and features music from the Urbanus Festive Orchestra and the Chorus Urbanus junior and adult choirs.
  • Friday 21 December, 8.00pm – Christmas Rocks the Astra 2018. This new event will be held at the Astra Theatre, Victoria. It comprises a live Christmas rock concert featuring the Gozo Youth Orchestra with local rock musicians and guest singers.
  • Friday 21 December, 11.00pm– Nativitate Domini Christmas Concert, Parish church of Żebbuġ, featuring The Regina Angelorum Choir.
  • Sunday 23 December, 4.00pm – The Leone Grand Christmas Show. The Aurora Theatre, Victoria hosts this popular afternoon event featuring the Aurora Youth Choir, and an entertaining medley of songs and dancing.
  • Christmas Eve, 11.00pm – Christmas Concert, featuring music played on the pipe organ at St John The Baptist Rotunda Church, Xewkija.
  • Christmas Day, 1.00am – Pop Into Christmas, St. George’s Square, Victoria. Straight after the Midnight Mass at St. George’s basilica, local band D Capitals will put on a concert to celebrate Christmas with a variety of pop and seasonal music and songs.
  • Friday, 28th December, 7.00pm – Puer Natus Est, with the Voci Angeliche Choir, Xagħra Parish Church

 

Christmas parades and pageants

Christmas parade in Gozo
The annual Christmas Parade has become a great attraction for all the family. Photo: VisitGozo.com

If you’ve visited Gozo in festa season you’ll know that Gozitans love to put on parades and processions. At Christmas, you’ll see pageants in most villages with everyone dressed in biblical costume and carrying a statue of baby Jesus.

  • Saturday 22 December, 8.00pm – Annual Christmas Parade, Republic Street, Victoria.
  • Sunday 23 December, 6.00pm – Oh Silent Night Christmas Pageant, San Lawrenz. This pageant has been performed for 50 years and there will be a special celebration in the village afterwards.
  • Christmas Eve, 6.00pm – Christmas Eve Procession, Xewkija.
  • Christmas Eve, 6.30pm – Christmas Eve Procession, Qala.
  • Christmas Eve, 7.00pm – Christmas Procession and Pageant, Nadur.
  • Christmas Eve, 7.00pm – Christmas Procession,
  • Boxing Day, 7.30pm – Christmas Procession, Sannat.

 

The Feast of St. Lucy

Girls dressed as St. Lucy during the Feast of St. Lucy, Gozo. Photo credit: VisitGozo.com

Every year in the middle of December, the tiny hamlet of Santa Lucija celebrates the Feast of its patron saint, Saint Lucy. This year the Feast will be held from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 December. There will be religious masses held in the parish church, marching bands, and even fireworks.

On the Saturday evening there is a special festival of light involving local girls dressed as St. Lucy and wearing crowns of candles processing around a bonfire in the village square. If you attend the festival be sure to try the delicious buns made in the village.

 

Live-action nativity on Gozo

You’ll see nativity cribs everywhere on Gozo but one of our unique Christmas traditions is the live-action nativity which is acted out in the village of Għajnsielem. The event attracts thousands of visitors every year and is a must-see attraction if you are spending Christmas on Gozo.

The three wise men arrive at Xaghra, Gozo. Photo credit: ©Alain Salvary, VisitGozo.com

This year you can visit Bethlehem in Għajnsielem from 9 December. You’ll see local people dressed in biblical era clothing going about their daily lives as they would have done 2,000 years ago. And, of course, you’ll see Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and if you’re around on 6 January 2019, you can witness the arrival of the three wise men.

Have a look at the video we posted on our social media of Gozo’s christmas decorations last year:

Ask us for help

Baron Holiday Homes is happy to organise car hire, tours of Gozo, and special activities for our guests. Just get in touch and we’ll tell you all you need to know about walks near to your rental property, special events in villages nearby, and other local information.

 

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