Nobody should be lonely on Christmas Eve! Arts Council Malta and Festivals Malta have prepared a number of Christmas activities, including the ever-popular national crib competition and Milied Flimkien, which will be celebrated on the 23rd and 24th of December at Misraħ il-Ħelsien in Valletta.

Saturday, 23rd December events will commence commence at 16:45 with a concert by the Armed Forces of Malta Band at Misraħ il-Ħelsien. The band, under the direction of Warrant Officer 1 Johnathan Borg, will play a number of Christmas melodies as well as other popular pieces. At around 17:00, members of the Soċjetà tad-Duttrina Nisranija, M.U.S.E.U.M. Will lead the purcissjoni tal-bambin – a traditional procession that was started by Saint Ġorġ Preca in 1921 in Ħamrun and which has become a highly anticipated annual event. The procession will start from Castille Square, passing through Merchant Street and Republic Street.

Christmas messages by the Maltese authorities will follow. Festivities will be transmitted live on Television Malta and will include a concert by the Alison Ellul Choir. After messages by the Hon. Opposition Leader, His Excellency Mons. Archbishop, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Prime Minister and Her Excellency the President of Malta, a programme of Christmas songs will be sung by the youngest members of Soċjetà tal-M.U.S.E.U.M.

Sunday, 24th December programme will start early. At 10:00, dancers from the Annalise Dance Studio will present a dance show with choreography by Annalise Ellul. At 18:30, then, the Malta Police Force Band Annual Concert will take place in Pjazza Teatru Rjal.

This year’s Christmas Eve concert by the Malta Police Force Band, which has been a tradition for the past 24 years, is themed “Winter Wonderland”. The band, under the direction of Maestro Senior Superintendent Anthony Cassar, will be joined by The Malta Police Pipe Band and the Guest Musicians Ensemble. A number of singers will grace the performance, including Neville Refalo, Dorothy Bezzina, Roger Tirazona, Annalise Psaila, Jan Camilleri, the choir Harmonic Ensemble under the direction of Ritienne Azzopardi, and the baritone Paul Zammit, a member of the Malta Police Force.

Entrance to the concert is free.