Activities In Malta
December 2019

Loads of exciting things to do during
Christmas celebrations in Malta

Date Last Updated: 15th December 2019

Activities in Malta December gives you exciting events that are held during the month of December and Christmas time.

Christmas in Malta is very a fun and jolly time! The Maltese love Christmas! Here too Christmas in Malta is one of the most important events of the year. 

If you visit Malta during this month you will find an abundance of Christmas activities. During this month all the Maltese houses, shops and streets will be decorated with Christmas trees, decorations and lights.

You will find many Maltese people already buying their Christmas presents and preparing for the many feasts with family and friends.

A crib set during Christmas 2018 in Valletta

What will I find in Malta during Christmas time?

- Christmas Pantos
- Crib Exhibitions
- Christmas Concerts
- Christmas Markets
- Fund Raising Activities
- Live Crib Exhibitions

All churches in Malta and Gozo celebrate the midnight mass starting on the 24th December around 23:00 with a pageant, carol singing and the traditional talk by a young child about the birth of Christ. Afterwards a mass is held. If you intend to go you must be there early since the churches will be packed with the locals.

One of the main and most important activities during this month is the L-Istrina. This is a fund raising activity organised by the Malta Community Chest Fund in aid of helping people in need of urgent medical care. It is usually held on the 26th December on all local Maltese television stations running for 12 hours which succeeds to collect €7,134,036 (2018).

Around Malta and Gozo there are various crib exhbitions. The two most popular ones are the Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem Gozo and Presepju Haj in Lija. Both are live animated cribs with many locals dressed in costumes which takes you back in time to the Judea time around 2000 years ago.

Prepare to embrace the spirit of Christmas in Malta by walking around Valletta which will be fully decorated and full of Maltese people having a lovely time.

As the last day of the year approaches, Malta celebrates with parties, fireworks, get togethers and a live stage at Valletta with the countdown to the new year.

What's on - A quick Link for December Specials

Malta Public Holidays:

- 8th - Immaculate Conception
- 13th - Republic Day

Malta Village Feasts in December:

- 8th - Immaculate Conception, Bormla (Cospicua) | Immaculate Conception, Qala & Rabat Gozo
- 9th - Santa Lucija, Santa Lucija, Gozo
- 13th - St. Lucy, Mtarfa
- 16th - Santa Lucia, Kercem, Gozo

Christmas & New Year's

Christmas is highly celebrated in Malta and Gozo.

Location: Malta & Gozo
When: Sunday 1st December 2019 to Monday 6th January 2020

Events List for New Years Eve 2019-2020 - Schedule will be out when published

Fairyland Santa's City Malta

Organiser: Fairyland Malta  and Visit Malta Events
Location: Triton Fountain, Valletta
When: Thursday 12th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020
Time: Monday to Thursday and Sunday - 10:00 to 22:00 | Friday & Saturday - 10:00 to 23:30

A selection of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Attraction Prices;

Rudolph’s Big Wheel - Adult: €6 | Child: €3
Santa’s Magical Carousel - 1 ride: €2.50 | 2 rides: €4
Elf’s Train - 1 ride: €2.50 | 2 rides: €4
Penguin’s Ice Rink - Adult 50 minutes: €15 | Child 50 minutes: €10
Santa’s Grotto - 1 Photo & 1 Present: €12 | 2 Photo & 2 Present: €22
Virtual Polar Saber - 1 Game Song: €2.50

Be part of the story and join Santa in Fairyland!

Christmas at Pjazza Tigne

Location: Tigne Point, Sliema
When: Sunday 1st to Tuesday 31st December 2019

New Year's Eve Celebrations
New Year's Eve Celebrations

Valletta New Year's Eve Celebration

Organiser: G7 Events
Venue: Valletta
When: Tuesday 31st December 2019
Time: 20:00 - 02:00
Contact Details: +356 7976 7630
Email: [email protected]

Special Guests: The Travellers

Hosted By Nate, Frank & Rossi

Featuring: Kevin Paul, Gaia & Kurt Calleja, Ozzy Lino & The Candy Moths & D-Rey

New Year's Eve in Gozo 2020

Venue: Independence Square & St. Georges Square, Victoria, Gozo
When: Tuesday 31st December 2019
Time: 21:30 onwards
Entrance: Free

Featuring: DCapitals | Michela & Friends | JJoy | Mae | IVY WALLS | BennyGee

Also Featuring: International Artist

New Year's Eve Parties in Malta

There are an abundance of parties held around the island.

Click here to see the list!

Malta Christmas Markets
Malta Christmas Markets

Christmas Village 2019

Venue: San Gorg Preca College Guardian Angel, Hamrun
When: Saturday 30th November to Sunday 1st December 2019

Christmas Village at Valletta Waterfront

Organiser: Valletta Cruise Port
Venue: Valletta Waterfront
When: Sunday 1st & Friday 27th December 2019
Entrance: Free

Christmas Market

Venue: Villa Rundle, Victoria, Gozo
When: Sunday 1st to Sunday 22nd December 2019

For December 2019:

  • Sunday 1st - 10:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 6th - 16:00 to 20:00
  • Saturday 7th - 10:00 to 20:00
  • Sunday 8th - 10:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 13th – 10:00 to 20:00
  • Saturday 14th – 10:00 to 20:00
  • Sunday 15th - 10:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 20th - 16:00 to 20:00
  • Saturday 21st – 10:00 to 18:00
  • Sunday 22nd – 10:00 to 22:00

St. Julian's Christmas Market

This Christmas market will include entertainment, music, workshops, etc.

Venue: St Julians Parish Church Parvis and Spinola Bridge.
When: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th December 2019
Time:
6th: 15:00 - 22:00
7th: 10:00 - 22:00
8th: 10:00 - 20:00
Entrance: Free

The Magro Christmas Family Fest

This Christmas market will include entertainment, music, workshops, etc.

Venue: Savina Centre, L-Ghassara Street, Xewkija, Gozo
When: Friday 6th to Tuesday 24th December 2019
Time:
Friday 6th: 15:00 - 17:30
Saturday 7th: 10:30 - 17:30
Sunday 8th: 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 12th: 15:00 - 17:30
Friday 13th: 10:30 - 17:30
Saturday 14th: 10:30 - 17:30
Sunday 15th: 10:30 - 17:30
Friday 20th: 14:00 - 17:30
Saturday 21st: 10:30 - 17:30
Sunday 22nd: 10:30 - 17:30
Monday 23rd: 10:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 24th: 10:30 - 13:00
Entrance: Free

San Andrea School Christmas Market

Venue: San Andrea School, Mgarr
When: Sunday 8th December 2019
Entrance: Free

De Paul band club at Paola decorated for Christmas

Natalis Notabilis 2019

4th edition of Malta's Christmas Village Natalis Notabilis 2019 with over 90 stalls which will transform Rabat historical part to a winter wonderland.

Venue: Rabat
When: Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th December 2019

Christmas Village

Venue: Gozitano Agriculture Village, Xewkija, Gozo
When: Friday 13th to Sunday 15th December 2019

Food Stalls | Tastings | Mulled Wine | Kids Activities | Live Singing & Entertainment

Christmas Cribs
Christmas Cribs

Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem 2019-20

The eleventh edition of the love crib in Gozo over an area of 20,000 square meters with the participation of 150 actors.

Organizers: An action committee between the Ministry of Gozo and various Parish organizations of Ghajnsielem

Where: Ta'Passi, Mgarr Road, Ghajnsielem

When: Friday 13th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020

For December 2019:

  • Friday 13th – 15:00 to 20:00
  • Saturday 14th – 16:30 to 20:00
  • Sunday 15th - 14:30 to 19:30
  • Wednesday 18th – 09:30 to 12:30*
  • Saturday 21st – 16:30 to 20:00
  • Sunday 22nd – 14:30 to 19:30
  • Wednesday 25th – 15:30 to 20:30
  • Thursday 26th - 16:30 to 19:30
  • Saturday 28th - 16:30 to 20:00
  • Sunday 29th - 14:30 to 19:30

For January 2020:

  • Wednesday 1st - 15:30 to 20:00
  • Sunday 5th - 14:00 to 20:00**

Entrance: Free and no bookings are required
Free parking: Around the streets of Ghajnsielem
*animated by the Ghajnsielem Primary school children
**Adoration of the Magi & Closing Cermony

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Presepju Haj 2019

Where: Triq Robert Mifsud Bonnici, Hal Lija
When: Friday 13th to Sunday 29th December 2019

For December 2019:

  • Friday 13th – 15:30 to 20:30
  • Saturday 14th – 18:00 to 20:30
  • Sunday 15th - 15:30 to 20:30
  • Saturday 21st – 18:00 to 20:30
  • Sunday 22nd – 15:30 to 20:30
  • Wednesday 25th – 15:30 to 20:30
  • Saturday 28th – 18:00 to 20:30
  • Sunday 29th - 15:30 to 20:30

Cribs in Nadur

Where: Various places around Nadur (click the link below for exact locations)
When: Saturday 14th December 2019 to Monday 6th January 2020
Time: Monday to Sunday at 17:00

Click here for details about Locations of Cribs

Zejtun Mechanical Crib

Where: Triq Robert Mifsud Bonnici, Hal Lija
When: Sunday 15th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020
Time: 09:30 - 12:00 and 16:00 - 19:00
Entrance: Free

Christmas Pantos
Christmas Pantos

Aladdin

Location: Don Bosco Oratory, Rabat, Gozo
When: Saturday 14th December 2019
Time: 19:30

Aladdin Panto by Alan Montanaro

Organiser: MADC
Location: MFCC
When: Monday 23rd December 2019 to Saturday 4th January 2020
Phone: 2124 6619
Tickets: www.madc.com.mt

Schedule of Shows:

Monday 23rd December - 19:30
Thursday 26th December - 15:00 & 19:30
Friday 27th December - 19:30
Saturday 28th December - 15:00 & 19:30
Sunday 29th December - 15:00 & 19:30
Monday 30th December - 15:00
Friday 3rd January - 19.30
Saturday 4th January - 15:00 & 19:30

Aladin - Pantomina bil-Malti

Pantomine will be held in Maltese

Organiser: Kumpanija Teatru Rjal
Location: Catholic Institute, Floriana
When: Sunday 22nd December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020
Tickets: www.activemalta.com

Schedule of Shows:

Sunday 22nd December - 10:00 & 16:00
Thursday 26th December - 14:30 & 19:30
Friday 27th December - 19:30
Saturday 28th December - 19:00
Sunday 29th December - 14:00 & 19:30
Monday 30th December - 19:30
Saturday 4th January - 19:30
Sunday 5th January - 18:30

The iconic Christmas Trees in Birzebbugia

The Little Mermaid Panto

Organiser: FM Theatre Productions Ltd
Location: Teatru Manoel, Valletta
When: Sunday 22nd December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020
Phone: +356 2122 2618
Tickets: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt

Schedule of Shows:

Sunday 22nd December - 15:00 & 20:00
Monday 23rd December - 20:00
Thursday 26th December - 15:00 & 20:00
Friday 27th December - 15:00 & 20:00
Saturday 28th December - 15:00 & 20:00
Sunday 29th December - 15:00 & 20:00
Monday 30th December - 15:00 & 20:00
Thursday 2nd January - 15:00 & 20:00
Friday 3rd January - 15:00 & 20:00
Saturday 4th January - 15:00 & 20:00
Sunday 5th January - 15:00

Other Activities
Other Activities

Vitori by Cirque Du Soleil

Location: MCC, Valletta
When: Wednesday 27th November to Friday 20th December 2019
Website: 
www.cirquedusoleil.com/vitori

In Guardia Parade

Location: Fort St. Elmo, Valletta
When: Sunday 1st, 8th and 15th December 2019
Time: 11:00 - 11:45

The Malta International Christmas Choir Festival 2019

Location: Various localities around the Maltese islands
When: Thursday 5th to Monday 9th December 2019
Website: 
www.facebook.com/maltachoirfestival/

A Festive Season at Palazzo Parisio

A series of activities organised at Palazzo Parisio Naxxar

- Friday 6th December 2019: Lighting of the Tree
- Saturday 7th to Tuesday 31st December 2019: Afternoon Tea
- Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th December 2019: Malta Artisian Market and Festive Brunch
- Wednesday 25th December 2019: Christmas Day Lunch
- Tuesday 31st December 2019: NYE Gala Dinner & NYE In The Cellars
- Wednesday 1st January 2020: New Year's Day Lunch

Click here for further details

The Malta International Choir Festival

Location: Various Churches
When: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th December 2019

Click here for details about Locations and Times

The Lion King - In Concert Live to Film

Location: MFCC, Ta' Qali
When: Saturday 7th December 2019

The Malta International Christmas Choir Festival 2019

Location: Various localities around the Maltese islands
When: Thursday 5th to Monday 9th December 2019
Website: 
www.facebook.com/maltachoirfestival/

Magical Christmas Concert 2019

Location: City Theatre, Old Bakery Street, Valletta, Malta
When: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December 2019
Time: 13th - 16:00 | 14th - 19:30

Click here for tickets

Meet & Greet With Santa

Location: Playmobil FunPark Malta, Birzebbuga
When: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December 2019
Time: 11:00

Click here for tickets

2019 Euromed International Championship

Location: Mellieha Bay
When: Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time: 08:00 - 17:00
Website: 
www.facebook.com/maltachoirfestival/

Milied Melliehi 2019

Folk groups, bands, majorettes and more

Organiser: Mellieha Local Council
Location: Mellieha
When: Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time: 19:00 to 23:00
Phone: +356 2152 3230

Eco Christmas

Organiser: Eco Market Malta
Location: Magazino Hall, Valletta Waterfront
When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time: 
21st - 13:00 to 18:00
22nd - 10:00 to 18:00

This year shop ethically and celebrate responsibly. A collection of Eco-friendly gift ideas within a varied category of products to start the new year in a sustainable way.

Christmas Serenades

Venue: The Phoenicia Malta, Floriana
When: Saturday 21st December 2019
Time: 19:30

Click here for tickets

Christmas Parade

Venue: Republic Street, Victoria, Gozo
When: Sunday 22nd December 2019
Time: 19:30

Breakfast With Santa

Location: Playmobil FunPark Malta, Birzebbuga
When: Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd December 2019
Time: 10:00

Click here for tickets

Esplora Christmas Edition

Location: Esplora, Kalkara, Malta
Exclusive Christmas Themed Activities on the following dates:
When: Tuesday 24th, Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th & Tuesday 31st December 2019 and Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th January 2020
Time: 10:00 - 18:00
Tickets at the door

Click here for details

Breakfast With Santa

Location: Esplora, Kalkara, Malta
When: Tuesday 24th December 2019
Time: 09:00 - 12:00

Click here for tickets

Christmas Eve Mass

Organised by the Grand Commandery of the Castello, a jurisdiction of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem

When: Tuesday 24th December 2019
Where: Castello Lanzun, Mensija, San Gwann
Time: 21:15hr
Dress Code: Jacket & Smart Attire
Due to limited space, booking by Friday 20th December 2020 - via email to [email protected]

Christmas Eve Mass at Valletta Waterfront

Venue: Valletta Waterfront
When: Tuesday 24th December 2019

L-Istrina

Collection of funds to help Philanthropic institutions and many individuals with different medical needs.

Organiser: Malta Community Chest Fund
When: Thursday 26th December 2019
Time: 12:00 - 24:00

Comedy Knights: 007 - Licence to Laugh

Organiser: Malta Community Chest Fund
When: Thursday 26th December 2019 to Sunday 12th January 2020
Time: 20:00 - 22:30
Tickets: comedyknights.com

The Malta International Christmas Festival

This festival will be held in Valletta and other locations. Participating international bands, majorettes folk groups and others.

Organiser: Euroart production
Venue: Valletta & other venues
When: Friday 27th to Monday 30th December 2019

Thomas Smith Christmas Charity Swim

This is a fund raising activity in aid of Malta Community Chest Fund

Organiser: Thomas Smith
Venue: Sliema
When: Sunday 29th December 2019

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