Christmas Preparation In Malta

Malta At Christmas, Christmas Tree Shop Locations

For some people Christmas preparation in Malta are an all round activity. The island of Malta follows traditions and religious Christian culture where preparations start from several months before.

By June most importers of Christmas decorations would have already decided what to buy from abroad for local sales and by beginning November some shops open their display with new items.

The Friends of the Crib Society has for the past 35 years organised courses on how to build your own crib. Wherever Christmas is celebrated there is a crib, in churches and houses. By October of every year shops start exhibiting statuettes, known in Maltese as ‘pasturi', derived from the Italian word ‘pastore’ which means shepherd.

Christmas preparation in Malta houses

Streets landscaped areas are decorated by mid-November. Many village centres are also decorated including the parish church.

Most people truly celebrate Christmas in their home and there are those who start decorating their houses by September covering every inch of their house with some sort of Christmas themed decoration.

These houses are a hive of decorations from lights, cribs, Father Christmas and tinsil. But the majority of homeowners start decorating their homes by end November, beginning December.

It has become a solid tradition that all houses have a Christmas tree with a variety of decorations from different countries. The Maltese have a tradition of decorating their homes, balconies, windows and front gardens with Christmas trees, twinkling starts, baby Jesus or with colourful lights.

Restaurants and hotels start rolling out their menus and sleep over offers very early on.

Not least, families start preparing and organizing parties and the much awaited Christmas and new year's day lunch at each other houses, inviting all the family and relatives for an enjoyable day together.

Schools

Schools play  an important role in Christmas preparations. Children are given the opportunity to express their talents whilst at the same time enhancing their religious and cultural awareness. All schools at all levels prepare activities like crib competitions, class decorations, carol singing, plays with different themes. Those schools who have a hall, from months before prepare musicals, plays, carol singing where they invite all the parents to participate. These occasions create opportunities which serve to continue to strengthen the sense of community.

Youths and entertainment

In olden times the Christmas festivities were  confined to church functions not only in Malta but everywhere. The big change in development and tourism has changed all this. Nowadays we have many opportunities where to meet and celebrate.

Cultural organisations and Catholic movements

These organisations are all engaged in creating those activities that enhance the spirit of feasting, engaging youths and adults in offering their time to create activities for others. For those who can be in Malta during these times, it is not difficult to see on newspapers, news, and through facebook, the many opportunities  for everyone to engage in and enjoy these functions.

Christmas preparations in Malta succeed to help everyone to forget all that divides and instills that positive feeling that should be felt all thoughout the year.

Christmas Shops

The Christmas Shop

Location: Notabile Street, Attard (Beside MFSA)
Contact: +356 2702 6262 / 9942 1683
Email: info@thechristmasshop.com.mt
Website: www.thechristmasshop.com.mt

Alistair

Location: Birkirkara, Bypass
Contact: +356 2722 3334 / 2142 3282 / 9947 1817
Email: info@alistairfloraldesign.com
Website: www.alistairfloraldesign.com

The Atrium

Location: Mriehel Bypass, Mriehel
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 20:00
Saturday - 09:00 to 18:00
Contact: +356 2147 0000
Email: info@theatrium.com.mt
Website: www.theatrium.com.mt

Big Mat

Location: Industrial Zone, Ta' Qali (Beside The American Embassy)
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 08:30 to 20:00
Saturday - 08:00 to 18:00
Sunday - 09:30 to 18:00
Special Opening Hours:
8th & 13th December - 09:30 to 20:00
Contact: +356 2338 4400/1
Email: info@bigmatmalta.com
Website: www.bigmatmalta.com

The Christmas Store

Location: Sette Giugno Street, Victoria, Gozo
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 08:00 to 13:00 & 16:00 to 20:00
Saturday - 08:00 to 20:00
Sunday - 10:00 to 20:00
Contact: +356 2156 6087

The Manor House

Location: Triq il-Wied, Hal Balzan
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 19:00
Saturday - 09:30 to 13:30
Sunday - Closed
Contact: +356 2099 1258 / 7982 8513
Email: info@manorhousemalta.com
Website: www.manorhousemalta.com

JDS

Location: Main Street, Mellieha & Garibaldi Street, Marsa
Contact: +356 2152 2390
Email: info@jdsfurniture.com
Website: www.jdsfurniture.com
Facebook: JDS Malta

Handmade Christmas decorations, knitted toys, wreaths, lace& fillet crochet made by Rose Caruana

For purchases contact directly Rose Caruana.

Homemate

Location: Mriehel
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday - 08:30 to 20:00
Sunday - 08:30 to 18:00
Contact: +356 2326 2000
Email: info@homemate.com.mt
Website: www.homemate.com.mt

Cose Casa

Location: Triq it-Tliet Knejjes, Balzan
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 19:00
Saturday - 09:00 to 13:00
Christmas Opening Hours (23rd November to 31st December):
Monday to Saturday & Public Holidays - 09:00 to 20:00
Contact: +356 2144 7672
Email: info@cosecasa.com
Website: www.cosecasa.com

Flower Art

Location: Zabbar Road, Paola
Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday - 09:00 to 13:00 & 15:00 onwards
Friday to Sunday - 09:00 onwards to 13:30
Contact: +356 2125 0645 / 9925 0645
Email: info@flowerarts.net
Website: www.flowerarts.net

Piscopo Gardens

Location: Burmarrad
Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday - 09:00 to 18:00
Contact: +356 2158 3755
Email: info@piscopogardens.net

Handmade Christmas Decorations

Contact: +356 2169 5078 / 9923 3700
Email: rosecaruana1950@gmail.com

Handmade Christmas decorations, knitted toys, wreaths, lace& fillet crochet made by Rose Caruana

For purchases contact directly Rose Caruana.

Christmas World Malta by SBL

Location: Oscar Zammit Street, Ħamrun
Contact:
 +356 2123 0349
Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday - 09:30 to 20:00
Email: christbltd1@gmail.com
Website: www.christmasworldmalta.com
Facebook: Christmas World Malta

Rondor Garden Furniture

Location: Old Railway Track, Santa Venera
Contact:
 +356 2149 3859 / 9942 5609
Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday- 09:00 to 20:00
Email: ronaldmarmara@gmail.com

Muscat Flora Gardens Ornaments

Location: Triq il-Ferrovija, Santa Venera
Contact:
 +356 2149 6393 / 9944 0441 / 9942 3061
Website: www.muscatflora.com

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