Malta is gearing up for a festive transformation this week.
The Christmas nativity scene has officially opened, marking the start of festive season.
The life-size crib was set up in Triton Square in Valletta, a stone’s throw away from the newly-restored fountain.
The stunning nativity scene was designed and created by the talented Gozitan artist Manwel Grech in 2016.
It has already been exhibited in Bethlehem and at the Vatican, where it’s said to have greatly impressed Pope Francis.
The crib is made from fibre-glass and includes some some classic Malta symbols such as a traditional ‘luzzu’ fishing boat, a Maltese balcony and a Maltese Cross.
Malta’s culture minister Owen Bonnici said: ‘It gives me great pleasure to see that our artists’ impressive work in all sectors of Maltese culture is being exported for all the world to appreciate.
‘This Crib has already been enjoyed by thousands of tourists when it was exhibited at the Vatican and also in Bethlehem.
‘This year thousands more who will be celebrating the Christmas period will admire our artists’ work, giving due recognition to our culture and artistry’.
Meanwhile, Valletta 2018 said the capital’s Christmas lights are expected to be switched on before the end of November, adding plenty of festive sparkle to the city.