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4 places to find a live crib on the Maltese Islands this Christmas
It’s the experience of the season!

Caroline Curmi

Crib exhibitions are held in virtually every locality throughout the festive season, but nothing beats the experience of visiting a live crib. With real actors, live animals, biblical references and period costumes, it’s an easy, fun and totally safe way of travelling 2,000 years back in time. Don’t know where to find them? Here are our suggestions below:

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1. Presepju Haj, Lija

This village has been organising live cribs for over half a century, and this year they are set to continue in this tradition. The local council is joining forces with two musico-religious organisations within the community to put up another edition. It’s kicking off this Friday 13th December and will be open on select days till Sunday 29th December.

2. Betlehem f’Ghajnsielem, Gozo

The attention to detail and 20,000 square metre of space used to bring this majestic crib to life make it one of the most popular Christmas events in Malta. Now in its 11th edition, it’s about to get even bigger and better. It’s strategic position just up the road from the ferry makes it the perfect outing for tourists and Maltese families, who can easily leave their car in Malta and avoid the long queues back. The live crib, or rather live village, will last from Friday 13th December till Sunday 5th January.

3. In Praesepio, Nadur, Gozo

Gozo offers a second live crib. Held in Nadur between 14th December and 1st January, the re-enactment will also feature a crib exhibition for an outing that is set to delight both craftsmen and families alike.

4. Mosta Christmas Village, Malta

Held at the Mosta square in front of the parish church, the locality will not only be hosting a live crib between the 12th and 15th December but also combining it with many other festive activities such as an art competition for children and youths, food stalls selling traditional Christmas treats and a Santa’s workshop.

Why pick one when you can visit all?

11th December 2019


Caroline Curmi
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Caroline Curmi
When she’s not having a quarter-life crisis, Caroline is either drawing in a café, frittering her salary on sushi or swearing at traffic in full-on Gozitan. There is also the occasional daytime drink somewhere in the equation. Or two. A creative must be allowed at least one vice.

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