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13 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 19 DECEMBER 2021 NEWS LAURA CALLEJA THE countdown to Christmas is on, and it's time to start planning some magical family Christmas days out. So, we've listed a selec- tion of events to do together as a family to get everyone in a festive mood. 1. Fairyland Santa's City – Pjazza Tritone, Valletta The second edition of Fairy- land Santa's City will be taking place from 3 December to 2 Jan- uary 2022. Following the previ- ous event, Malta's capital city is set to be transformed into Santa's city, giving us adults and children Christmas. 2. The Elf on The Shelf: Alive in Concert – Catholic Institute, Floriana This year The National Chil- dren's Choir will perform along- side their faithful companion, the 'Elf on the shelf, from 7 Decem- ber to 12 December 2021. This concert is made so special by the combination of Music, Christmas feeling, fun, and time together. In the end, it will be a fantastic party turned into a concert, which will be creatively produced and chore- ographed for all attendees. 3. The Magical Illuminated Trail: Walk Thru Edition – Verdala Palace, Rabat The Magical Illuminated Trail is back, this time as a walk-through experience at the enchanting Ver- dala Palace in Buskett. The magical after-dark adventure for families now has loads of new attractions. Join the fun between 3 December and 9 January at the Verdala Pal- ace in the Buskett woodland. A spectacular walk-about journey through the walkways of one of Malta's national historic gems, the Magical Illuminated Trail features hundreds of new, larger-than-life lanterns, illuminated sculptures, light installations, projections and much more. 4. Breakfast with Santa - L-Arka Ta' Noe, Siggiewi Breakfast with Santa will take place on 18 and 19 December. Ex- perience Santa's favourite break- fast at l-Arka ta' Noé. The ticket includes; Entertainment, break- fast, a photo with Santa and a vis- it to the animal park. Individuals who are 12 years and over need to have a valid COVID-19 Vaccina- tion Certificate. Children under 12 can attend without a PCR Test if accompanied by a vaccinated parent/guardian. 5. My Little Village: Christmas Edition, Kristu Rxoxt Church, Pembroke My Little Village: Christmas Edition will be taking place from the 23 to the 29 December. This is an event where children can make lovely role play memories in a life- like village experience. Sessions are an hour-long for children up to 7 years old. 6. Christmas Under the Bridge, Labour Road, Marsa An event for all the Family - 20 days packed with fun activities for kids of all ages from 11 to 30 December. There will be numer- ous Christmas stalls available. The Christmas village will be a lovely experience offering unique enter- tainment on a daily basis featur- ing: the biggest Christmas Tree to be set up in Malta, the first-ever Christmas Parade with floats and dancers, musical entertainment and sing-along shows, a Santa Clause House, Lifesize crib and more. 7. Christmas at Esplora, Kalkara During Esplora's Christmas themed opening hours from 23 December to 6 January, visitors can explore science and technolo- gy through the wonders of Christ- mas and movies. Visitors can en- joy the brand-new science show Lights, Camera, Action as they delve deeper into the fascinating world of film production. It takes visitors on a journey around the globe and explores Earth's weath- er and climate to find the perfect Christmas destination. Visitors can also participate in the 12 Days of Christmas science show and sing along as the Christmas Carol is given a scientific twist in a show full of colourful reactions, music, and mind-boggling demonstra- tions. 8. Third Austrian-German Christ- mas Market, Riviera Hotel & Spa, Marfa From 3 to 26 December, the Riviera Hotel & Spa will be holding its third authentic Aus- trian-German Christmas Mar- ket set in the scenic grounds of Marfa Bay. Join to enjoy savoury traditional German Sausages, Chicken on the spit, Kaisersch- marrn, Chocolate Chestnuts and Beef Goulash Soup. The highlight will be homemade Apple Strudel, Christmas Stollen, and Christ- mas Cookies for those who crave sweets. There is also in-house crafted Gingerbread Houses. Local crafts and gifts will be dis- played in traditional Christmas huts, and the festive mood will be enhanced by live music. Family-friendly Christmas events perfect for children this year Below: The Magical Illuminated Trail Walk Thru Edition in Verdala Palace, Rabat and (bottom) Fairlyand in Valletta

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