Christmas is around the corner and Malta is ready for it! The holiday season has officially started and Magister Academy combined a fun list of activities for you to do to celebrate and enjoy the spirit.
If you pass by Santa Claus in the street and hear the street choirs singing carols, you know that you have entered the Christmas season! For its religious significance but also the social and magical aspect of it, Malta celebrates Christmas outstandingly. You may have noticed the streets and windows lit up at night, the traditional summer gear replaced by Christmas ornaments and toys in the stores or the eyes of the children shining brighter. Fireplaces are lighting up, chestnuts are being roasted and the streets are welcoming cribs and nativity scenes, giving towns and cities a Christmas flair like nowhere else.
Get your Advent Calendars ready, the Christmas countdown starts now!
Christmas is highly celebrated across Malta and Gozo and if this is your first Christmas here, you will be joyed by the cheer and happiness that the season brings.
There are many events organized all around the island, for all ages and tastes. Here are a few things not to miss if you are spending the month of December in Malta
1. Christmas market & food at the Valletta waterfront
From Sunday onward, the Valletta Waterfront will host a Christmas village with activities, traditional music and food, and Christmas décor, including a beautiful Christmas tree, over 245 feet tall!.
Great food, great wine and great fun make a nice equation for loads of Christmas spirit in the air! Meet Santa in his workshop, take a picture with the elves, dine at one of the twelve different food outlets and get your Christmas shopping done. Stalls will offer jewellery, books, handmade ceramics, local glass and more.
Events at the Valletta Waterfront include children choirs, Christmas bands, cribs and stalls. The little ones will be thrilled to enjoy free activities as balloon modelling, face painting, crafts, games, colouring-ins, meet & greets with all-time favourite characters, puppet shows, bouncy castles, giant gift Tetris, a light-up Rodolph’s nose challenge and a fun candy cane blowing machine.
When: From December 3rd onward
Where: Valletta Waterfront
Full program of events can be found here.
2. Lola’s Christmas market, Attard
A typical and charming Christmas market with fun events along. Shopping, animation and entertainment for children and adults alike.
A chance to purchase traditional Maltese crafts and food while enjoying the holiday spirit.
When: 1 – 3 December 2017
Where: Villa Madama, Triq Sant Antnin, Attard
More details here.
3. Designer & Artisan Christmas Market vol.3, Sliema
One-stop Christmas shopping experience at Souvenirs that Don’t Suck to buy gifts crafted by some of Malta’s coolest and best artisans and designers.
When: December 9th 2017, from 12 to 6pm
Where: 108, Triq Manwel Dimech, Sliema
4. The Nutcracker at St George’s Square, Valletta
The Nutcracker, famous Tchaikovsky Ballet, will be performed by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on December 15 under the direction of Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan. Listen to an extensive selection of music from this amazing piece, in the cosy Christmas spirit of Valletta.
When: Friday December 15th, at 8pm
Where: Pjazza San Gorg, Valletta (under a Tent)
Tickets can be bought here.
5. Barbetti at Xmas, Valletta
Il-Barbetti, a male barbershop quartet, will be singing Christmas Carols in barbershop style. An occasion to try something new in a one-of-a-kind environment, sharing a glass of wine with friends by the fireplace and enjoying the Christmas spirit.
The bar will be open during the performance, and afterwards right up until 11pm.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
When: December 19th at 8:30pm
Where: Casino Maltese, Republic Street, Valletta
6. Visiting cribs and nativity scenes across Malta
Cribs and nativity are very famous in Malta and Gozo, and there is even a society in charge of keeping the tradition alive, the Friends of the Crib. Over the next weeks, you can see over 100 cribs in Malta and Gozo. You might also witness private ones put on display by the windows as it is common for Maltese families to have a small nativity scene at home. Maltese people enjoy going around to see the ‘presepju’ displays. You will be surprise by the work they represent, sometimes especially elaborate, the result of many hours of work by artistic and talented craftsmen.
When: December 2017
Where: All around Malta and Gozo
7. Pinocchio Christmas Pantomime in Valletta
Well-known tradition in Malta, the Christmas pantomime combines fun for kids and sarcastic humour for adults.
This year, the Manoel Theatre will be showing Pinocchio, a classic story for all. Join for art, tradition, and humour united in a way that people of all ages will enjoy.
When: From December 23rd to January 4th
Where: Manoel Theatre, Valletta
Tickets can be purchased here.
8. Christmas at Pjazza Tigné, Sliema
If you love Christmas markets you’ll be happy to visit the one opening on December 1st in front of the Tigné mall. Mulled wine, pulled pork, gifts stalls and more will invade the square for a month, a great Christmas market not to be missed.
There will also be carol singing and other entertainment for children on Sundays from 11.00hrs till 13.00hrs.
When: From December 1st to December 31st
Where: Pjazza Tigné, Sliema