Activities In Malta January 2025

Discovering Malta's Splendor: Events, Activities, and Heritage Sites

Date Last Updated: 6th March 2024

The best activities in Malta January 2025 will bring you a mix of Christmas events, village feasts and cultural heritage. While we bid farewell to the Christmas season, we start seeing the island transition from the festive season to a more quiet yet culturally-rich period. The top events in January are the Citrus Festival, Valletta Baroque Festival, The X Factor Malta and more.

In this guide, you will explore a wide range of possible things to do while in Malta such as vibrant village feasts to insightful visits to top tourist attractions, UNESCO sites, and tours as well as tips and questions about your visit to Malta in January.

Immerse yourself in Malta's charm, diverse culture, and lively festivities all through January!

Activities in Malta January.Christmas Season - Activities In Malta January

What To Do Whilst Here In malta in january

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january events in malta

The following is a list of some of the yearly events taking place in Malta during January. Set off on an adventure to discover the events happening every month of the year.

1. A New Year's Toast 2025

A lively and spirited concert marked the beginning of the New Year for the Gaulitanus Choir - a musical bonanza featuring the choir, its soloists, and guest musicians, all under the musical and artistic direction of Colin Attard - a concert dedicated to celebrating the New Year in style

The entrance is free and there is no need to make a reservation

  • Organizers: Gaulitanus Choir
  • When: To be announced
  • Time: 19:30 - 21:00
  • Entrance: Free
  • Email: gaulitanus@gmail.com
Click here for details

2. Christmas & New Year's In Malta & Gozo

Fairyland Malta in Valletta for Christmas.Activities In Malta January - Fairyland Malta in Valletta

Malta & Gozo celebrate their Christmas & New Year vibrantly and traditionally. Christmas Day is celebrated with passion, and houses, churches, and streets are decorated with elaborate Presepju (Christmas cribs). Families begin decorating cribs and homes weeks in advance, spreading the festive spirit throughout the home.

Maltese families gather for feasts filled with traditional dishes on Christmas Day, and midnight Mass is seen as an important event on Christmas Eve. On New Year's Eve in Malta, various events and parties ring in the New Year with joy and excitement, including spectacular fireworks displays.

  • Location: All Maltese Islands
  • When:  To be announced

3. Bethlehem f'Għajnsielem 2024-25

Bethlehem Għajnsielem live crib in Gozo.Bethlehem F'Għajnsielem, Gozo

The live crib at the Bethlehem F’Għajnsielem comes to an end on Epiphany day which is celebrated on the second Sunday of January.

The three wise men who came from afar to visit baby Jesus in his manager is an important episode of the Christmas crib. Three local men dressed in traditional costumes as the wise men depart from a village in Malta on horseback where they make their way to Gozo, take the ferry boat and arrive mid-afternoon to the live crib to the Bethlehem grotto.

There they find Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus surrounded with a donkey and cow presenting their precious gifts to the newborn.

It is an experience not to be missed on this last day bringing to a closure a month-long event of the live crib.

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 Għajnsielem
  • Where: Ta'Passi, Mgarr Road, Għajnsielem
  • Entrance: Free and no booking is required.
  • Free parking: Around the streets of Għajnsielem

Dates to be updated closer to the Christmas season.

December 2024 (To be announced for 2024-25)

  • Saturday 16th 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 17th 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 19th 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (school students' edition)
  • Saturday 23rd 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Sunday 24th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (children's edition)
  • Monday 25th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 26th 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 27th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 30th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

January 2025 (To be announced for 2024-25)

  • Monday 1st 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 7th 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm (Adoration of the Magi)

4. Valletta Baroque Festival 2025

If you wish to listen to baroque music the Valletta Baroque Festival is the one for you with the participation of world-class baroque music artists including Maltese. The ideal venue is the Teatru Manoel which is the main stage for such performances.

Valletta offers other splendid locations like the Valletta Archaeological Museum which during the Knights of St. John was the Auberge D’Italie and St. John's Co-Cathedral. Performances include music from Monteverdi to Bach and beyond.

Two weeks of celebration of world-class contemporary Baroque music.

  • Organizers: Manoel Theatre
  • Location: Teatru Manoel
  • When: Thursday 9th to Saturday 25th January 2025 – different events
Click here for the program

5. the whiskey festival 2025

There is a whisky to suit everyone's palate at the Malta Whisky Festival, which offers a wide range of world-class whiskies such as Japanese blends and classic Scottish whiskies. Drinkers of all stripes will be able to experience a lively atmosphere enhanced by live music, enhancing their enjoyment of the drink, as well as exploring new tastes and expanding their horizons.

  • Location: Giardini Lambrosa in Rabat Malta
  • When: To be announced
  • Time: 19:00 onwards
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6.Festa Tac-Citru 2025

The Citrus Festival (Festa Taċ-Ċitru) is a yearly activity organized by the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation with the patronage of the President of Malta. Schoolchildren are organized to pick fruits from the president’s private San Anton gardens in preparation for the Sunday activity. It aims to promote healthy living where fruits should become more part of our daily diet.

People attending will be able to buy oranges apart from delicacies made from oranges and lemons prepared by the palace chef apart from cakes, pastries, jams and marmalades prepared beforehand within the kitchen of the palace. The activity is held within the private areas of the palace at San Anton, Attard.

  • Organiser: Malta Community Chest Fund
  • Location: Kitchen Garden, San Anton Gardens, H'Attard
  • When: To be announced
  • Entrance: Free

6. january village feasts malta

There is no better way to celebrate the island's cultural heritage than with the Malta Village Feasts. The celebrations are full of vibrant celebrations and religious observances. In January, there are a number of notable feasts, including the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in Mdina and the Feast of the Holy Family in Iklin. Religious processions, illuminations, fireworks, and traditional Maltese band marches mark these feasts.

See the full list of Malta Village Feasts for January 2024!

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With The Malta Pass, you'll be able to explore Malta hassle-free, with unlimited hop-on-hop-off bus rides, historical sites, and Captain Morgan's Grand Harbour Cruise. You'll have the opportunity to save on admission fees, transportation, and even experiences, as well as learn about Malta's past and see some of the world's most famous landmarks.

  • Adaptable 3, 6, or 7-day alternatives to fit different kinds of itineraries
  • granting access to cruises and open-top buses.
  • Visit over 20 historical sites and museums.
  • unlimited hop-on-hop-off bus access with an audio tour available in 12 languages.
  • Sail with Captain Morgan on a Grand Harbour Cruise to witness the best of Malta from the sea.

weather in malta in january

The Malta weather in January welcomes guests for a lovely off-season experience with a unique combination of sunny and cool weather. Even though it is getting very cold, there is a lot of sunshine, which makes visiting the island enjoyable.

Although there is a lot of rain, the terrain is frequently blessed by an abundance of sunshine periods that create strikingly beautiful yet contrasted moments. Even while the 'grigal' (northeastern Mediterranean winds), which are associated with terrible weather, might occasionally occur. Tourists who are used to much colder weather, often wear lighter clothing. 

Chadwick Lakes Malta.Chadwick Lakes in the rural area of the Rabat, Malta

what to do in malta on your holiday in january

Find out what you can do during your holiday during the month of January if you are looking for some interesting things to do. To make it easier for you to find them, we have categorized them into three groups, namely Malta, Gozo, and Valletta.

Things To Do In Malta In January

  • Explore the medieval narrow streets of Mdina, pay a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, and take in the magnificent vistas.
  • Take a boat ride through the Blue Grotto's intriguing limestone caverns and turquoise seas.
  • Admire the Mosta Dome's stunning architecture and delve into its intriguing past.
  • Explore the Hypogeum in Malta's subterranean tunnels to uncover historical prehistoric treasures.
  • Take a traditional "Luzzu" boat tour and discover Valletta and the ancient harbours of the Three Cities.

Things To Do In Gozo In January

  • You can walk up to the Mixta Cave, which overlooks the sand beach of Ramla Bay and enjoy the great views.
  • Enjoy the blue waters of Dwejra Bay and take in the stunning Azure Window location.
  • Experience Gozo's history, stroll the Citadella's streets and marvel at Victoria and the surrounding villages' panoramic views.
  • Explore Ggantija Temple's ancient history, marvel at Neolithic structures, and learn about Malta's heritage.
  • At Xlendi Bay, relax on the beach, eat at one of the many restaurants, and enjoy the stunning Gozitan coastline.

Things To Do In Valletta In January

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Tourist Attractions to visit in january

Here you will find a list of the best touristic places you need to visit on your trip to this small island, so you can make the most of your time here. Check out other top things to do on the islands.

fort St. Elmo

Fort St. Elmo Valletta Malta.

Fort St. Elmo is an iconic fort in Valletta with a rich military history and breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour. In the course of the Great Siege, it played a vital role during 1565.

Upper Barakka Gardens

Upper Barrakka Gardens Valletta.

Enjoy pleasant surroundings and sweeping views of Grand Harbour from Valletta's Upper Barrakka Gardens, a peaceful oasis perched atop the old fortifications built by the Knights of St John.

Gozo Heritage Day Pass

With The Gozo Heritage Day Pass, you can explore the history and culture of Gozo at your own pace, including ferry transfers, open-top bus excursions, and admission to seven outstanding cultural sites, including the well-known Ġgantija Temples. It's a one-day pass that guarantees a seamless journey through the rich history and culture of Gozo.

  • A combination of seven heritage sites, open-top buses, and boat rides.
  • You save money on buses, ferries, and admission fees when you purchase the all-in-one multi-site one-day passes.
  • From Sliema and Bugibba in Malta, you may take a catamaran cruise to Gozo, which includes the return trip.
  • By hop-on-hop-off bus with a 12-language audio tour, discover Gozo.
  • Explore the majestic capital of Victoria, the Citadel.
  • Visit seven historical sites and museums to learn about Gozo's rich past.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Malta

Explore the ancient history of Malta at the Megalithic Temples, where you can learn about Neolithic ingenuity and cultural value. Check out other Malta UNESCO heritage sites.

mnajdra temples

Mnajdra Temples Malta.

The UNESCO-designated Mnajdra Temples display Neolithic skills with their alignments with the stars. Malta's prehistoric past is revealed in sacred, old limestone sanctuaries that inspire wonder and exploration.

Tarxien Temples Malta

Tarxien Temples Neolithic Complex Site in Malta.

The greatest Megalithic structure in Malta, Tarxien Temples, features sculptures, ancient artwork, and unusual fertility symbols. UNESCO site including accessible audio tours and educational paths.

Where To Stay In Malta During January

If you are planning your stay in Malta, remember to take into account the proximity of your selected activities. Despite its small size, the island's transportation system makes all areas easily accessible. Staying near your activities, such as shopping, cultural attractions, Valletta's historic centre or the island of Gozo, will make your stay more convenient.

Check out the following pages for a better idea of which hotels we recommend or else check out which area on the island is best to stay at.

To make an informed decision about your visit, use Booking.com to find affordable prices and detailed information about many lodging options.

In conclusion, we hope that this article provided useful information about Malta in January. We hope it helps you plan your trip to Malta by giving you some ideas about what to expect. As well as information on interesting experiences available on the islands in December or February, we also provide comparable information.

Frequently asked questions for activities in malta January

Is January In Malta a good time to visit?

Fewer people, post-holiday deals, and cold temperatures are all present in January in Malta, however, it may still be very pleasant for low-cost tourists. It may be freezing to swim in the water, but other than that, expect reduced costs, calmer attractions, and the occasional downpour.

How expensive is Malta in January?

In January, Malta usually provides budget-friendly options with discounts on accommodations and fewer crowds. Some tours and activities might have limited availability, but restaurants generally maintain consistent prices year-round.

How busy is Malta during this time?

In January, Malta is less crowded, making for a calmer atmosphere. Shorter lines and fewer people at the attractions allow guests to explore the island more leisurely. After Christmas, hotels will be more available.

Until when does Christmas in Malta keep on during January?

Malta often celebrates Christmas until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th, which falls well into January. It marks the end of the Christmas season and the continuation of the festive atmosphere into the new year with religious observances, street decorations, and celebrations.

more upcoming events in malta

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