The village is spread of 20,000
square metre of land
Point of interests will include the carpenter and blacksmith
houses, the bakery, a market selling natural fruits, fresh
fish and vegetables, a wine tavern,
the Bethlehem Inn
where you can literally rent a room and
sleep for one night,
a local crafts area
stable hosting the animals.
The main attraction will be the grotto with Mary, Joseph, &
Fresh water will be flowing around these structures through
a small river.
Each house will host a family, played by actors, to remind
us that the
story of Christmas revolves around a family.
inauguration ceremony on
the 11th of December will include a
re-enactment of the ‘trip’ of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem
Roman legionaries located at the
eighteenth century Fort Chambray
located just across the
road from ‘Ta Passi’ fields will also
feature in periodical re-enactments
children and the elderly will be invited to visit Bethlehem
on Thursdays 12th and 14th December between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
During these two days, the nativity village will be animated
by the children.
An informational booklet printed on recycled paper will be
given to all schoolchildren
The Nativity village will close with the
Adoration of the Magi
on Epiphany, Sunday 8th January 2012.
The 'Three Kings' will depart from the village
of Mellieha (Malta) in the morning
and cross to Gozo by ferry before making
triumphal entrance to the
nativity village late in the afternoon.
The nativity village will be animated
by 150 live actors on
weekends and public holidays
The census demanded by the Roman emperor (visitor's book)
will be taken
All visitors will be given a map and a children's
cypress tree seeds will be distributed to visitors
in collaboration with Eco-Gozo and Hands-on Farming
The tavern will offer traditional local food and wine to all visitors
f'Ghajnsielem' Vintage Wine will be available for sale
which is ideal as a souvenir gift. You can also buy Christmas cards with scenic pictures from
last year's event
On Sunday and Public Holidays, the Nativity village will be
with several cultural activities from local
Information boards will offer facts and pictures about
the daily life in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus
A picnic area will offer unique surroundings for a family
outing on Sundays
On Saturday night, the atmosphere is enhanced by dozens of
bonfires and oil lamps
Entrance is free. Easy parking space at Ghajnsielem Football
Ferry passengers can leave their car in Cirkewwa and
visit the Nativity Village on foot.
Did you know...
You can rent one of the four rooms at the Bethlehem Inn
and sleep for one night
to re-live the life of Jesus of 2000 years ago.
Click here for more information and
You can go on the roof terrace of the
Famhouse and the
Bethlehem Inn to enjoy 360°
panoramic views of Ghajnsielem
centre and Ta' Passi fields.
It is a great opportunity for keen photographers to
take some fantastic shots!
You can enter inside the carpenter's and blacksmith's houses and watch
the father at work with his wife cooking
playing around (...or sleeping). You can also buy a wooden
souvenir or taste traditional local products freshly made by
'Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem' will have a water-wheel with
fresh-water flowing out from a spring.
Over 10,000 litres
of water will be used to create this impressive effect.
Over 55,000 visited the first edition of Bethlehem
f'Ghajnsielem in December, 2008
Gozo Channel registered a record increase in passenger
crossings during the same period.
The busiest day recorded at the nativity village was the
3rd January 2010
when over 7,000 witnessed the 'Adoration of the Magi'
Over 150 actors and 25 ushers are needed for
the animation to run smoothly
The Fondazzjoni Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem, the organisation
that runs the event was only the 8th organisation in Malta
and the first organisation in Gozo to be certified
MSA EN ISO 14001:2004 by the Malta Standards Authority.
Health and safety are given absolute priority both during
the construction of
the nativity village and also during the opening and
Going hands-in-hands with the Eco-Gozo vision, several waste
separation bins have
been placed at strategic locations while the use of plastic
during construction has
been eliminated. Approximately 75% of the wood used in
construction was either reused or recycled wood. Public
transport is constantly being encouraged.