Activities In Malta December 2022

Enjoy Malta's Christmas Celebrations With A Wide Range Of Exciting Activities!

Date Last Updated: 7th December 2022

Activities in Malta during December are a fun and jolly time! Here are exciting events that are held during Christmas 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.

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A crib set during Christmas 2018 in Valletta

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

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.

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christmas in Gozo

Nonetheless, Christmas is also highly celebrated on the sister island Gozo. An event calendar has been published for many different events happening from 2022/23.

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Top Activities For Christmas

Activities in Malta December

1. Fairyland Santa's City 2022/23

This is another edition of a Christmas village in Malta, the first one being held in 2019. Following the previous two events, Malta's capital city is set to be transformed into Santa's city giving us adults and children the Christmas spirit.

  • Location: Pjazza Tritoni
  • When: Thursday 8th December 2022 to Friday 6th January 2023

2. Christmas & New Year's

Christmas is highly celebrated in Malta and Gozo.

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.

  • Location: Malta & Gozo
  • When: Thursday 1st December 2022 to Friday 6th January 2023

3. A Valletta NYE Celebrations 2022/23

It's New Year's Eve and here in Malta we go all out. Come and celebrate the last few hours of the year and the welcoming of next year at Valletta with a show, countdown and fireworks.

  • When: Saturday 31st December 2022
  • Time: Between 21:30 and 22:00
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4. 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
  • When: Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th December 2022
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5. L-Istrina

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

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 €5,845,012 (2021).

  • Organiser: Malta Community Chest Fund
  • When: Monday 26th December 2022
  • Time: 12:00 - 24:00

6. Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem

A good number of volunteers every year over a snap of a few months put up the timeless story of the Nativity which comes to life at Bethlehen F’Ghajnsielem, Gozo. Spread over an area of 20,000 square metres taking visitors back 2000 years. It is just located 10 minutes walk from the Gozo ferry at Mgarr. It draws thousands of people every year located at the Għajnsielem main square and the open countryside between the village and main road.

It is a life-size crib with 150 volunteers from young to old from this village and others around the island where they create an exceptional atmosphere with shepherds tending their flock, carpenters, horses turn mills and surely the Nativity scene with Mary Joseph and Baby Jesus. It is an excellent opportunity to come along with your family and be part of this incredible activity.

Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem details

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

  • Where: Ta'Passi, Mgarr Road, Ghajnsielem

December 2022

  • Tuesday 13th 3.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Thursday 15th 9.30am - 12.00pm (students’ edition)
  • Saturday 17th 4.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Sunday 18th 11.00am - 2.00pm (mrng. children’s edition)
  • Sunday 25th 4.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Monday 26th 2.30pm - 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 27th 4.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Friday 30th 4.00pm - 7.00pm

January 2023

  • Sunday 1st 3.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Sunday 8th 2.30pm - 7.00pm (Adoration of the Magi)

7. Natalis Notabilis 2022 - Not Being Held

A very popular event and so successful that it draws the crowds with more than 80,000 visitors. This is enough to encourage you to participate in the next Natalis Notabilis held in the village of Rabat historical core. It is the biggest Christmas village you will find on the islands spread over 5 days turning this location into a Christmas wonderland.

Numerous stalls with a variety of local and foreign foods to stalls selling all sorts, a nativity trail, crib exhibition, choral concerts and outdoor performances. You will surely find something to nibble and buy not least meeting someone whom you know due to the numerous visitors.

Natalis Notabilis details

  • Venue: Rabat
  • When: Not being held for 2022
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8. New Year's Eve Parties in Malta

There are an abundance of parties held around the island. As the last day of the year approaches, Malta celebrates with partiesfireworksget togethers and a live stage at Valletta with the countdown to the new year.

De Paul band club at Paola decorated for Christmas

9. The Magical Illuminated Trail - Walk Thru Edition

A new large lantern illuminated sculpture, lighting installations, projections, and other entertainment will take you along the walkways of one of Malta's most beautiful historic buildings.

According to current regulations in Malta, all events are available only to vaccinated attendees.

This event is supported by the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection, The Malta Tourism Authority and Arts Council Malta. We are once again holding the event in support of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.

details about The Magical Illuminated Trail

  • Venue: Verdala Palace, Rabat
  • When: Friday 25th November 2022 till Sunday 7th January 2023
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10. President's Solidarity Fun Run 2022

The annual President’s Solidarity Fun Run is organized by the Malta Community Chest Fund to raise funds for persons who require medical care especially with chronic illness such as cancer and for those who require treatment abroad and are helped financially to achieve this aim.

Thousands of participants pay a nominal fee to participate and it is open for people of all ages. There are four routes from where the fun run starts. This is done on purpose to cater for the health of the individuals where one can choose which one is best for him.

At the end of all routes they all meet at the main entrance of Valletta where they proceed to St. George’s Square in front of the president’s palace.

President's Solidarity Fun Run Details

  • Starting Points: Several locations
  • When: Sunday 20th November 2022 Postponed to Sunday 11th December 2022

The race will end in Valletta.

Other Activities in December

Activities in Malta December

The Nutcracker

  • Venue: Valletta Campus Theatre VCT (Ex MITP), St. Christopher's Street, Valletta
  • When: Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th December 2022
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Kevin naudi - I have something to say!

  • Venue: Manoel Theatre, Old Theatre Street, Valletta
  • When: Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December 2022
  • Time: 21:00
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Santa's Park

  • Venue: Splash & Fun Water Park, Tul Il-Kosta, Naxxar
  • When: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2022
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Malta International Organ Festival

  • Venue: Variety of locations
  • When: Friday 25th November, Tuesday 29th November and Tuesday 6th December 2022
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Kelma u Tagħlima ma’ Danita

  • Venue: Salini Resort, Salina
  • When: Saturday 3rd December 2022
  • Time: 10:00 to 16:00
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Pirates of the Caribbean

The Curse of the Black Pearl in Concert Live to Film

  • Venue: MFCC - Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, Attard
  • When: Saturday 3rd December 2022
  • Time: 18:00
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Beland Music Festival

  • Venue: Zejtun Market Square, Zejtun
  • When: Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Monday 12th December 2022
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Bla Kondixin 2022

  • Venue: MFCC Ta' Qali
  • When: Sunday 11th to Monday 12th and Friday 16th to Saturday 17th December 2022
  • Time: 20:30
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Ċikku and the Chocolate Panto

  • Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta
  • When: Between Friday 23rd December 2022 and Sunday 8th January 2023
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Rock‘n’Roll Christmas

UK’s Top Rock ‘n’ Roll Show in Malta

  • Venue: Hilton Malta, Saint Julian's
  • When: Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th December 2022
  • Time: 20:00
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nice things Market

  • Venue: Is-Suq tal-Belt, Valletta
  • When: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2022
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Rock‘n’Roll Christmas

UK’s Top Rock ‘n’ Roll Show in Malta

  • Venue: Hilton Hotel, St. Julian's
  • When: Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th December 2022
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Party Ta' Klassi

  • Venue: Vittoriosa Main Hall
  • When: Sunday 11th and Monday 12th December 2022
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The Valletta Waterfront Christmas Wonderland 2022

  • Venue: Waterfront, Valletta
  • When: Thursday 1st to Saturday 31st December 2022
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Breakfast With Santa

  • Venue: Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Kalkara
  • When: Saturday 17th December 2022
  • Time: 09:00 to 12:00
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Sugar Rush: Rudolph's Red Reindeer Rush

  • Venue: Liquid Club, Triq Hal-Gharghur, San Gwann
  • When: Friday 23rd December 2022
  • Time: 22:00
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Christmas at Pjazza Tigne

  • Venue: Tigne Point, Sliema
  • When: Thursday 1st to Saturday 31st December 2022
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Carols Under the Stars 2nd edition

This event consists of spectacular Christmas projections mapped on a van, together with carol singing live, in various localities. This is a fund-raising event of Dar tal-Providenza.

The event is hosted in a variety of localities.

Dates of the event:

  • 13th December:  Siggiewi Square between 3pm and 9.30pm
  • 14th December in front of Divine Mercy Sanctuary, San Pawl tat- Targa between 5.30pm and 8pm
  • 18th December morning Naxxar square 
  • 18th December 6.45pm - 10pm Christmas Village Birkirkara - Gnien l-Istazzjon
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Christmas Cribs

Around Malta and Gozo there are various crib exhibitions. 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.

The iconic Christmas Trees in Birzebbugia

Top Tours To Do In Malta

Activities in Malta December

3 Hour Walking Tour Around Valletta

Is it possible to see Valletta in a short time? The answer is yes as it is a very small capital. Together with a guide you will visit the main sights and also discover hidden gems. The capital being over 450 years old you will walk by and admire baroque architecture and a few of the finest palaces in Europe. Your tour guide will take you to the cities narrow streets to experience its rich history from the Knights of St. John. Last but not least you will see the magnificent facade of St. John's Co-Cathedral.

Malta National Aquarium Entrance Ticket

If you are travelling with children then this attraction is perfect. Enjoy a family-friendly activity in Malta by visiting the Malta National Aquarium in Saint Paul's Bay. Explore the 41 displays in the aquarium to see the various marine and land creatures, including fish and sharks.

Book In Advance Hal Saflieni Hypogeum In Malta

Discover one of Malta's oldest burial ground. Thousands of people visit every year. Hypogeum Malta is known to be one of the best preserved prehistoric sites in the world. An tour not to be missed. Tickets should be booked from weeks before. Make sure you get yours now!

more upcoming events in malta

Apart from these events mentioned on this page, you can find more activities in Malta for September from the following links.

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