Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem has a busy weekend for visitors
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It was another busy weekend for the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem Nativity Village, even with the cold and windy weather, thousands of visitors turned up to visit this Christmas attraction in Gozo.
The Nativity Village, which is spread of 20,000sqm of land seeks to replicate, the atmosphere and environs of Bethlehem at the time when Jesus Christ was born over 2000 years ago, and attracts thousand of visitors from both home and abroad, to experience a truly magical event.
There was plenty of action and entertainment, including a performance by the Gozo Community Choir, who will also be there again on the closing day – when it is the Adoration of The Magi on the Feast of Epiphany, Sunday, the 7th January. The choir meet every Tuesday at the Tigrija Palazz and now also on Thursday’s at the Kercem Parish Centre at 6.30pm.Attractions include at fisherman’s port, a 100 feet suspended rope bridge which the visitors can cross to take a trip along the river on a Maltese boat, as well as the bakery, the blacksmith, carpenter, the wine tavern, open air market and the Inn, which serves local food.
The organisers said that although the nativity village is always open, it will only be animated with live actors on the following days and times:
Wednesday 20th* 9.30am – 12.00pm*
Thursday 21st* 9.30am – 12.00pm*
Saturday 23rd 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 24th 2.30pm – 6.00pm
Monday 25th 3.30pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 26th 2.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 30th 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 31st 2.30pm – 6.00pm
Monday 1st 3. 30pm – 8.00pm
Saturday 6th 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Sunday 7th** 2.00pm – 8.00pm**
* On 20th and 21st December, Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem will open two special sessions in the morning which will be animated by the Ghajnsielem Primary School children. Everyone is welcome.
** Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem will once again close with the Adoration of The Magi on the Feast of Epiphany, Sunday 7th January.
The Three Kings will depart from Mellieha at 10.00am and catch the Gozo Channel ferry afternoon.
They will then depart form Mgarr Harbour at 3.00pm on horseback to make the triumphal entrance in Bethlehem and pay homage to Baby Jesus.
Should the weather not permit, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the animation.
Photographs by Alain Salvary