Valletta has donned its Christmas trappings, even though this will be a Christmas unlike any other because of the pandemic.
Christmas lights were switched on this evening in Valletta’s main streets and squares.
Before the ceremony of lights being switched on in Triq ir-Repubblika and Triq il-Merkanti and the new Christmas Tree near the Parliament building, the Chairman of the Valletta Cultural Agency, Jason Micallef, said the whole aim of the decorations is to raise the moral throughout the city in these times of anxiety. He said the few activities to be staged will be minimal and will include choirs and all events within the guidelines of the Health Authorities.
He added that a month before Christmas a Christmas Crib will be inaugurated at Pjazza De Vallette.
Valletta Mayor Alfred Zammit appealed to people to carry out their Christmas shopping in Valletta while observing Covid Regulations.
The Minister for Culture, Jose’ Herrera, said Valletta’s commercial sector had been among the worst hit by the pandemic but is publicising its open markets for Christmas. He said that mass events have been cancelled unless approved by the Superintendence for Public Health.