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 […]

Maltese warned against buying pets as Christmas presents

People in Malta and Gozo have been warned against buying pets as presents this Christmas. The public have been urged to consider the commitment of caring for an animal long-term. A spokesman for Animal Welfare Gozo said: ‘Each year we see unwanted animals that were given as gifts. ‘People should consider the commitment they are making […]

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 […]