Holidays with a difference: Christmas in the City launched for this year’s festive season
Respecting health regulations, the event will make sure “that the Christmas spirit lives on.”

Jillian Mallia

The Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection, together with the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government and the Valletta Cultural Agency, launched Christmas in the City, a programme of events for the coming weeks planned to liven up the city. 

A free parking scheme for Valletta visitors, on Black Friday the 27th of November, on the 8th and 13th of December and from the 19th of December till the 1st of January, was also announced at a press conference held at Pjazza Teatru Rjal. 

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“At this time, we want to keep the Christmas spirit alive while continuing to help and support the local industry. We believe that this balance can be achieved through an ongoing economic activity even when it comes to Christmas shopping, while people keep following the necessary precautions,” said Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli.

A Christmas programme with a difference

Minister Farrugia Portelli encouraged those who usually spend their holidays abroad to consider places such as boutique hotels and restaurants in Valletta and to enjoy the atmosphere that will be similar to that of other cities, but also a unique one. She mentioned how the Christmas programme for this year will be different but in line with the latest measures issued by the Health Department. 

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Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera stated that by means of the announced initiatives and incentives for those who will be visiting Valletta, the arts and culture will once again lead to economic and social regeneration. He continued that, despite the particular times we are living in, it is vital that we continue supporting artists with our participation as members of the audience, and that cultural events continue to be held. 

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Valletta Cultural Agency Chairman Jason Micallef said; “In the extraordinary circumstances we’re living in, the Valletta Cultural Agency will be holding its Christmas programme from the 20th of November – when the Christmas lights and tree will be switched on – to the end of the year, in full respect to the measures issued by the Department of Public Health, and is making sure that the Christmas spirit lives on.”

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“Despite restrictions in the choice of events, the Valletta Cultural Agency’s Christmas in the City programme includes a series of events varying from performing arts, street theatre, music, Christmas choirs, and above all, Christmas lights for Republic Street and Merchants Street and, for the first time, on all the facades in St George’s Square. The crib in Pjazza de Valette will also be set up, as well as an artistic nativity scene on the facade of the Main Guard.”

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The Valletta Cultural Agency’s Christmas programme includes small and medium events in several places including Pjazza de Valette, Freedom Square, Republic Street, Great Siege Square, St George’s Square, is-Suq and Strada Stretta, besides the Christmas lights.

The Valletta Cultural Agency is making sure that all restrictions imposed by the Public Health Department are followed and therefore one can enjoy these Christmas events with peace of mind. 

9th November 2020

Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.