Activities In Malta December 2024

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

Date Last Updated: 30th January 2024

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.

Related Page: Malta Village Feasts In december 2023

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.

What to find in Malta during Christmas 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 2023/24.

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1. Fairyland Santa's City 2023/24

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: Friday 8th December 2023 to Saturday 7th January 2024

2. christmas in Valletta & the rest of the island

Starting on the 25th November until 31st December 2023 the official "Christmas in the Capital" commences. 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: Thursday 1st December 2022 to Friday 6th January 2023

3. A Valletta NYE Celebrations 2023/24

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: Sunday 31st December 2023
  • 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 1st to Sunday 3rd December 2023
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: Tuesday 26th December 2023
  • Time: 12:00 - 24:00

6. Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem 2023/24

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 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 2023

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: 7th December to 13th December 2023.
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 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: Saturday 25th November 2023 till Sunday 7th January 2024
Click here for details and tickets

Other Activities in December

The Valletta Waterfront Christmas Wonderland 2023

  • Venue: Waterfront, Valletta
  • When: Thursday 1st to Saturday 31st December 2023
Click here for details and tickets

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.

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

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 that will keep you occupied all night long. LINK TO NIGHT LIFE PAGE

Mdina - https://www.maltainfoguide.com/mdina-in-malta.html

St. Paul's Cathedral and Mdina's ancient narrow streets may be explored while taking in the beautiful views from the bastion walls.

Blue Grotto - https://www.maltainfoguide.com/blue-grotto-malta.html

The Blue Grotto natural caves, whose emerald blue hues show brilliantly throughout the cave, may be seen while taking a boat ride.

Mosta dome -  https://www.maltainfoguide.com/mosta-rotunda.html

Experience the Mosta Dome's magnificent architecture and learn more about its intriguing history.

Things To Do In Gozo In december

Cittadella - https://www.maltainfoguide.com/citadel-gozo-malta.html

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. LINK TO TOUR DIRECTLY

https://www.getyourguide.com/valletta-l1195/gozo-full-day-jeep-tour-with-lunch-powerboat-ride-t141120/?ranking_uuid=4b194d15-ab1a-4089-a8f9-9705f7dd6ffa

Things To Do In Valletta In december

Guided museum tours and plays are offered at Manoel Theatre, a 1732 masterpiece of Grand Master Vilhena

Fortifications interpretation Centre - https://www.maltainfoguide.com/fortifications-interpretation-centre.html

Discover Malta's history, its fortifications, and its defenders at the Fortifications Interpretation Centre. An unforgettable educational experience awaits you there.

https://www.maltainfoguide.com/casa-rocca-piccola.html

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.

Lower barakka - https://www.maltainfoguide.com/lower-barrakka-gardens.html

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.

Top Tours in Malta

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.

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!

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.

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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