Iconic Maltese landmark looks spectacular from above

These stunning drone images capture one of Malta’s most iconic landmarks as you’ve never seen it before. Taken by Franco Tabone Photography and sent to us at 89.7 Bay, these awesome images of the Triton Fountain were taken on Saturday 28 December. They also show off Fairyland Malta in Triton Square all its festive glory. Tens of […]

Rough sea cancels annual charity swim off Sliema

The organisers of Malta’s most popular festive charity swim have defended their decision to cancel the event at the last minute. The Thomas Smith Christmas Charity Swim was due to be held off Independence Gardens in Sliema on Sunday morning – but was called off because of the rough sea. The insurance and shipping company posted on […]

When do Gozo ferries run over Christmas and New Year?

Gozo Channel has revealed its Christmas and New Year timetable, with families across the Maltese Islands making festive travel plans ahead of the holiday season. Of course, if you’re keen on heading across the sea you may have to contend with reduced services on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Here’s when the Gozo ferries […]

Here’s when buses will be running in Malta over Christmas

Malta’s buses will soon begin operating their festive timetables, so make sure you’re clued up on the changes if you plan to be on the go this Christmas. Malta Public Transport will operate on a reduced schedule during Christmas week, starting from Monday 23 December. The service is due to return to normal on Wednesday […]

We want to share your best Christmas photos of Malta

Calling all photography enthusiasts – we want to see your beautiful work! Here at Bay, we love it when our listeners and readers get in touch with their Christmassy pics, whether they are of landmarks like the Triton Fountain or a stunning sunrise over Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem in Gozo. We want to showcase even more of […]

When are the Christmas school holidays in Malta?

From planning Christmas dinner, to New Year’s Eve celebrations, Christmas markets and Santa’s grotto visits, you’re sure to have your hands full over the Christmas school holidays. Here are the dates for Malta’s major schools so you can be prepared. When are Malta’s schools off at Christmas? Schools across Malta and Gozo break up for […]

Welcome to Malta’s most magical Christmas market

One of Malta’s most popular Christmas markets is back for the fourth year in a row. The 5-day Natalis Notabilis transforms the historical centre of Rabat into a magical Christmas village for five days. What can you look forward to? More than 80 stalls offering delicious food, drinks or artisan products and lots of Christmas-related […]

Gozo’s living nativity village is officially open

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend this year’s edition of Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem. The nativity village, which is celebrating its 11th anniversary, was officially opened by President George Vella on Friday afternoon. Just a couple of minutes’ walk from Mgarr Harbour, the village aims to recreate the nativity scene in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago as […]

What will the weather be like in Malta on Christmas Day?

Are we heading for a sunny Christmas in Malta, or will rain be on its way? While most of us in Malta can only dream of a little flurry of snow we could be in for a surprise on Christmas Day. At the moment forecasters are predicting a wet and rather grey day with highs […]

Here’s why Gozo is the place to be this Christmas!

Gozo is the place to be this Christmas. There’s lots going across the island over the next few weeks, from festive markets in Xaghra to carol concerts in Nadur, Santa Special train rides around Victoria and special events for children in Xewkija and San Lawrenz. Drop in at Lord Rundle Gardens in Victoria this festive […]

How Christmas in Malta has changed over the decades

Malta is abuzz with all the festive feels now that Christmas is only a few weeks away. As the old song goes, ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’, and the streets of Valletta, Mosta, Hamrun, Sliema, Birkirkara and Victoria are sparkling brighter than usual. We’ve had a look through the Bay Retro archives […]

Christmas celebrations kick-off this weekend in Gozo

The festive season gets well and truly underway this weekend in Gozo. Christmas decorations and lights have already started springing up across the island, signalling the start of everybody’s favourite time of the year. Gozo’s spectacular festive celebrations will be launched on Saturday evening with the switching on of the Christmas lights in the heart […]

Life-size Maltese Christmas crib opens in Vienna

A traditional Maltese crib has gone on display in Vienna. The life-size nativity scene, designed by Gozo artist Manwel Grech forms the centrepiece of a Christmas market in the Austrian capital city. It was officially opened by the President of Malta George Vella.   The crib will remain on show at the Christmas Village on […]

Christmas lights switched on in Valletta

Christmas season is officially under way in Valletta after the city’s festive lights were switched on. The decorations have added lots of festive cheer to Republic Street and Merchant Street. They were switched on by Malta’s culture minister Owen Bonnici, Valletta mayor Alfred Zammit and Valletta Cultural Agency chairman Jason Micallef on Monday night. A large Christmas […]

Are these the most Christmassy streets in Malta this year?

The battle to be Malta’s most festive town is under way. Across the Malta, millions of fairy lights, glowing Santas and gaudy reindeer are twinkling. Some people even deck out the whole street and raise cash for charity. Here are 10 of the best so far… but if you think your town’s display is even better, […]

Here’s the weather forecast for Christmas Day in Malta

For many of us in Malta a few snowflakes on Christmas Day is the ultimate festive wish. But if you’re dreaming of a White Christmas in Malta this year, keep on dreaming. It’s not going to happen. In fact, a ‘mild’ Christmas Day is expected in the Maltese Islands with plenty of glorious sunshine. Temperatures […]