The Malta Independent 4 December 2020, Friday

Valletta’s Christmas lights are up

Saturday, 21 November 2020, 09:35 Last update: about 12 days ago

The Valletta Cultural Agency (VCA) has set up a large Christmas tree at Freedom Square, in front of Parliament, as part of its ongoing efforts to decorate the city for the festive season.

The 12-metre tree is decorated with some 5,000 LED lights that will light it up for the duration of the Christmas period. Apart from the Christmas tree, the Valletta Cultural Agency, together with the Valletta community and its business organisations, also decorated Republic Street, Merchants Street, Archbishop Street and Strait Street. Decorations have this year been entrusted to Metalux, a company which is synonymous with decorations in Via del Corso in Rome.

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Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera said, “During these months of restraint as a result of the pandemic, we have chosen to light up the city in an effort to boost the Christmas spirit where the general public can enjoy the lit up streets whilst abiding by the directions issued by the health authorities.”

Valletta Cultural Agency Chairman Jason Micallef said, “The Christmas in the City Programme this year is based more than usual on Christmas lights and decorations due to Covid-19 restrictions. In fact, the programme includes more streets than usual while, on the 8th of December, special projections will light up the facades in St George’s Square”.

On 25 November, the Valletta Cultural Agency will also be setting up the crib in Pjazza de Valette.

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