WATCH: Christmas lights switched on in Valletta as capital enters festive spirit
Valletta’s commercial centre has donned its festive decorations as the brightly colourful Christmas streets lights were officially switched on last night in two of the most popular streets in the capital – Republic Street and Merchants Street.
As we enter the festive season of Christmas and New Year’s, the two main streets of the capital will serve as an attraction for the Maltese and tourists alike. This year, the area in front of the Suq tal-Belt and the Courts of Law were also given a new look with colourful lights. In all, there are more than 50,000 light bulbs which are expected to remain on every evening until 7 January of next year.
Culture Minister Owen Bonnici said that the lights are a result of an investment which is taking place as part of the regeneration of Valletta. so that the capital will be more colourful and full of energy. He added that the Government is determined to continue strengthening the cultural sector for everyone’s benefit.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Valletta 2018, Deo Debattista said that Valletta has a lot to offer and the street lights have continued to give life to the main roads of the European Capital of Culture and bring the festive season to life.
The Chairman of V18, Jason Micallef said that following the success in the design and innovation of the Christmas lights in Republic Street, last year, this year Merchant street will also be decorated for the first time with a set of new lights on the same design as Republic Street last year. Mr Micallef added that this was possible through the collaboration of the associations which represent the business communities in these two streets.