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 if you were really there.

Attractions include a fisherman’s port, a 30-metre suspended rope bridge which visitors can cross to take a trip along a ‘river’ on a Maltese boat, as well as a bakery, blacksmith, carpenter, a wine tavern, an open-air market and an inn.

There is also a picnic area.


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The main attraction, however, is the crib, with baby Jesus in the caring hands of Mary assisted by Joseph.

More than 150 actors in full costume bring the village to life each year.

Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem will remain open until January 5.

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