Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem in Essential Travel’s top 10 Christmas Displays in the World
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The UK’s ‘Essential Travel Top 10 Chistmas Displays in The World,’ features ‘Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem’ as number two in the list.
Other Chirstmas Displays listed in the top 10 include, one from Brazil, California, Tokyo, NSW, Columbia, The Philippines, Lithuanian, Louisiana and the Covent Garden Christmas in London.
Essetial Travel said that it is “one of the UK’s leading independent online travel essentials providers.”
In describing the Nativity Village in Ghajnsielem, the Essential Travel guest writer says, “go back in time with a trip to a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean for the most authentic Christmas display – Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem.
“It’s a living nativity village like none other, reminiscent of both the event and the period that first brought the holiday of Christmas to life. 150 actors come together to provide visitors with this unique day-and-night experience of peeking into a time where horses turned mills, shepherds stayed in caves and an unknown couple brought a very special little boy into the world. There is so much to see that all visitors are given maps at the village entrance.”
The fifth edition of Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem opens on Saturday, the 14th of December and remains open until Sunday, the 5th of January 2014
The nativity village will only be animated on the following days:
Saturday 14th 4.30pm – 9.00pm
Sunday 15th 2.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 16th* 9.30am – 1.30pm*
Thursday 19th* 9.30am – 1.30pm*
Saturday 21st 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 22nd 2.00pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 25th 2.30pm – 8.30pm
Thursday 26th 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Friday 27th 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 28th 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 29th 2.00pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 1st 2.30pm – 8.00pm
Saturday 4th 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Sunday 5th** 2.00pm – 8.00pm**
Above schedule is not final and is subject to change without notice. Should the weather not permit, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the animation
* On 16th and 19th December, Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem will open two special sessions in the morning for the school children and the elderly where the nativity village will also be animated by the children. Everyone is welcome!
** The Nativity village will close with the Adoration of the Magi on Epiphany, Sunday, the 5th of January 2013. The ‘Three Kings’ will depart from a yet-to-be-announced location and cross to Gozo by ferry before making the triumphal entrance to the nativity village late in the afternoon. More details will be announced soon.
Public transportation is encouraged when travelling to Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem. Visitors can choose either to leave their car at Cirkewwa Terminal and walk up to the crib from Mgarr Harbour or park their car in the Ghajnsielem centre and walk down to the entrance. Parking is also available at Ghajnsielem F.C. football grounds.
Organised tours are welcome. Please contact Local Council Office on 21561515
Entrance is FREE. No bookings are required.