Activities In Malta December 2024

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

Date Last Updated: 30th January 2024

There is no better month than December a fun an jolly time! This month is full of exciting events from Fairyland Santa's City in Valletta, Christmas Crib exhibitions, Pantomimes, Christmas markets and the New Years Celebrations.

This guide explores the best activities, attractions, and events in December, providing valuable insights, tips, and answers to FAQs.

Immerse yourself in the magical ambiance, festive traditions, and the joyous spirit that make December a delightful time to be in Malta!

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A crib set during Christmas 2018 in VallettaThe Traditional Maltese Crib as shown at at St Peter’s Square, Vatican City in 2016

What To Do Whilst Here In Malta In December

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december Events In Malta

Experience December in Malta with a variety of annual events that suit every kind of schedule. Explore the extensive calendar to find a range of monthly activities that will create enduring memories.

1. Fairyland Santa's City 2024/25

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: To be Announced

2. christmas in Valletta & the rest of the island

The official "Christmas in the Capital" commences at the beginning of December until end of the first week of January. Several activities take place within the capital city Valletta. Click here to see all events taking place.

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.

There is also 

  • Location: Malta & Gozo
  • When: Sunday 1st December 2024 to Monday 6th January 2025

3. A Valletta NYE Celebrations 2024/25

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: Tuesday 31st December 2024
  • Time: From 22:00 onwards
Click here for more details

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: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th December 2024
Click here for more details

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 just over €5 million for 2022.

  • Organiser: Malta Community Chest Fund
  • When: Thursday 26th December 2024
  • Time: 12:00 - 24:00

6. Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem 2024/25

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

Dates to be updated closer to the Christmas season.

December 2023

  • Saturday 16th 3.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Sunday 17th 3.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 19th 9.30am - 12.00pm (school students' edition)
  • Saturday 23rd 4.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Sunday 24th 1.00pm - 4.00pm (children's edition)
  • Monday 25th 4.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 26th 2.30pm - 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 27th 4.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Saturday 30th 4.00pm - 7.00pm

January 2024

  • Monday 1st 3.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Sunday 7th 2.30pm - 7.00pm (Adoration of the Magi)

7. Natalis Notabilis 2024

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: To be Announced.
Click here for details about Locations and Times

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 ChristmasDe 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.

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: To be Announced
Click here for details and tickets

10. 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.

11. malta village feasts in december

Come and experience the vibrant and beloved tradition of Maltese village feasts, where religious and cultural aspects coexist together. These yearly festivities have a long tradition on the island, stemming from the various parish churches' devotion to their patron saints. Every town and village, with its own distinct personality, spends days getting ready to greet both locals and guests.

Check out the December Malta Village Feasts calendar.

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Weather In Malta In december

Malta's weather is getting colder as December approaches, so both locals and visitors should dress in layers of warmer clothing. It is noticeable that the air has become crisper, which gives the atmosphere a decidedly chilly feel. The winter season has arrived, and people are dressing warmly.

The warmth and charm of holiday decorations add a touch of warmth to the island, and December is the time for celebrations. The cooler temperatures and picturesque scenery of Malta make December in Malta quite appealing, even in the midst of winter charm.

See our full summary of the weather in Malta during December.

Tarxien Village Christmas Lights.The main road of Tarxien village decorated for Christmas.

What To Do In Malta On Your Holiday In december

Discover all the fun things to do in Valletta, Gozo, and Malta during a May break. Discover a world of adventures around every corner, from the tranquil landscapes of Gozo to the historical beauty of Malta. Experience Valletta's dynamic culture first-hand for a trip you won't soon forget.

Things To Do In Malta In december

  • You will enjoy roaming around Birgu's charming, cobblestone lanes, which are adorned with historic buildings and rich in cultural heritage.
  • There are plenty of bars, clubs, and other entertainment places in Paceville for a great nightlife experience.
  • St. Paul's Cathedral and Mdina's ancient narrow streets may be explored while taking in the beautiful views from the bastion walls.
  • The Blue Grotto natural caves, whose emerald blue hues show brilliantly throughout the cave, may be seen while taking a boat ride.
  • Experience the Mosta Dome's magnificent architecture and learn more about its intriguing history.

Things To Do In Gozo In december

  • Walk around the Citadella, take in the expansive views of Victoria, and learn about the history of Gozo.
  • Discover Dahlet Qorrot Bay's charm; it's a hidden gem full of adventure and relaxation.
  • The Mediterranean is breathtakingly visible from the Sanap Cliffs. Proceed to Ta' Cenc, which is near the town of Sannat.
  • Discover the charm of Marsalforn, a charming community encircled by picturesque scenery and stunning seaside views.
  • Embark on a jeep safari and discover hidden gems tucked away in the stunning Gozitan countryside.

Things To Do In Valletta In december

  • Guided museum tours and plays are offered at Manoel Theatre, a 1732 masterpiece of Grand Master Vilhena
  • Discover Malta's history, its fortifications, and its defenders at the Fortifications Interpretation Centre. An unforgettable educational experience awaits you there.
  • At Casa Rocca Piccola discover the history and riches of a Maltese noble home, built during the 16th-century palace by a Knight of Malta.
  • Admire Valletta's Grand Harbour from Lower Barakka Gardens, which provides expansive views of surrounding cities, villages, and fortifications.
  • Explore the Grandmaster's Palace's luxurious State Rooms, which highlight Malta's rich historical legacy.

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top tourist attractions in malta to visit

Join us as your guide as we take you on an exciting tour of the stunning archipelago, making sure you take in the beauty of little islands with well chosen must-see sites.

Ghar Dalam Caves

Ghar Dalam Caves Birzebbugia Malta.

The fossilized bones found in Ghar Dalam Caves in Malta reveal a geological chronology spanning 500,000 years. Discover the natural history of the island and its subterranean treasures at this fascinating location.

Ta' Pinu Sanctuary Gozo

Ta' Pinu Sanctuary Gozo.

Known as Gozo's Ta' Pinu Church, the site is a well-known pilgrimage site with a stunning architecture and a long tradition of worship. The panoramic views and spiritual atmosphere make it a popular tourist destination.

The Malta Pass

There is a Malta Pass available for travellers who wish to hop-on-hop-off to hop-off to historical sites, hop-on-hop-off to the Grand Harbour Cruise, and hop-on-hop-off to hop-on-hop-off to hop-on-hop-off to any of these sites and more. Exploring Malta is easy with it. Get a taste of Malta's rich past with Grand Harbour Cruises, admiring the breathtaking scenery, and saving money on transportation and admissions.

  • Different itinerary preferences are catered to with flexible options of 3, 6, or 7 days.
  • The Malta Pass gives you access to open-air buses and cruises.
  • Easily explore more than 20 museums and historical places.
  • Free hop-on-hop-off bus access with a 12-language audio tour is available.
  • Take a Grand Harbour Cruise with Captain Morgan to see Malta from a perspective that is unmatched.

uNESCO world heritage sites

Explore Malta's Neolithic past at the Megalithic Temples, remains of a nation known for its vast architectural and cultural diversity. Check out all other UNESCO sites in Malta.

Skorba Temples

Skorba Temples in Malta.

Skorba Temples, at Mgarr village, comprise Skorba East, a Tarxien Phase temple with four apses (3150-250 BC), and Skorba West, one of the earliest megalithic structures (3600-3200 BC).

Tarxien Temples

Hal Tarxien Temples in Malta.

The largest megalithic in Malta, Tarxien Temples, is home to elaborate artwork, antiquated sculptures, and unusual fertility symbols. UNESCO site with educational paths and audio tours.

Where To Stay In Malta during december

Beautiful hotels with stunning views of the blue sea provide for a magnificent setting in which to spend time. Choose instead for cozy boutique guesthouses hidden inside historic villages; they all provide a special fusion of old world charm and modern amenities. With a wide variety of lodging options to match the rich tapestry of experiences just waiting to be discovered, the islands of Malta and Gozo invite you to go off on an adventure of leisure and exploration.

Make an informed accommodation choice by exploring Booking.com's variety of hotel options.

Here are some suggestions for December events and activities in Malta. The purpose of this page is to provide you with useful information that will enhance your experience. As a result of this guide, we hope you have gained valuable insight into the atmosphere of Malta during January. Dive into the offerings of Malta this month and plan your travels accordingly. Additionally, you can enjoy a diverse range of activities during November and January in case you change your travel plans.

Frequently Asked Questions For Activities In Malta december

Is December in Malta a good time to visit?

December in Malta takes on a new atmosphere when the weather gets colder, but it remains a great time to travel. There is no interest in beach activities because the water is getting colder. However, historical exploration and cultural events are still very popular, though walks along beach fronts are popular. A certain joy is added to the holiday season by Christmas markets and decorations. Though there aren't many possibilities for sunbathing, December is a good time to get a closer-knit taste of the local way of life.

Why is December magical in Malta with unique Christmas festivities?

December is one of the most magical times of the year in Malta, especially around Christmas. The Christmas season is an ideal opportunity to witness Maltese culture's distinctive customs and festivities, which is strongly rooted in religion. Religious activities, crib exhibitions, decorated streets, and Christmas markets create a lovely mood. Embracing the local customs and experiencing the festive Christmas mood provide tourists with an unforgettable and touching experience.

What traditions do the villagers follow on these village feast days and are visitors invited to participate in the feast celebrations?

Yes, tourists are welcome to participate in the village patron saint's feasts. The locals invite visitors to participate in these cultural events by offering religious services, processions, traditional food, brass band marches around the village streets, fireworks, and vibrant street decorations.

How much does Malta cost in December?

As the number of tourists drops even further, December offers even more affordable accommodations and flights though one has to search for good offers well in advance. Even if the seas are colder, sunbathing is still feasible but it depends on weather permitting. While transportation, dining establishments, and attractions all have fixed prices, early preparation is essential for the best deals.

How much does Malta cost in December?

As the number of tourists drops even further, December offers even more affordable accommodations and flights though one has to search for good offers well in advance. Even if the seas are colder, sunbathing is still feasible but it depends on weather permitting. While transportation, dining establishments, and attractions all have fixed prices, early preparation is essential for the best deals.

How packed is Malta in December?

With fewer tourists and cheaper prices, December in Malta provides pleasant weather and activities. Because it's the holidays, December is a popular month when hotels fill up fast. It's a great opportunity to see tourist attractions and cultural monuments with less crowds and with pleasant weather.

What are the traditional New Year's celebrations or events in Malta?

Malta's capital city Valletta frequently hosts New Year's Eve celebrations, fireworks, and other festive events. To celebrate the new year, many hotels and restaurants plan special meals or parties.

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