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Things to do in Malta in December

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Join the Festive Spirit with these Top Things to do in Malta in December.

December in Malta is a delightful time. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, the island is usually blessed with sunny days and inviting weather, making it the perfect escape from the winter blues, where plenty of outdoor adventures await.

The island also enjoys a quieter atmosphere as the winter season welcomes fewer tourists, offering a chance to experience the best Malta attractions away from the summer crowds. Beyond its usual charms, the island sparkles with festive cheer during December, hosting a jam-packed calendar of Christmas events and traditions across Malta and Gozo.

If you’ve never experienced Malta in winter, you’re in for a special treat. Join us as we uncover the magic and explore the best things to do in Malta in December.

Cherish Malta’s coastal charms

One of Malta’s biggest delights, no matter the time of year, is its dazzling sea. Although the water might be too chilly for a swim in December, the quiet beaches and coastline are perfect for leisurely strolls. You can also take in the serene views and treat yourself to a relaxing lunch by the sea.

Trattoria Riccardo, our brand new traditional Italian trattoria with a modern twist offers a family-friendly spot with a spacious children’s play area on the Qawra waterfront. The menu serves up delicious pizzas, pastas, salads, and more delights. And for a more elevated feast, secure a table at Minoa. Located on the 11th floor at AX ODYCY resort, this new Mediterranean fusion restaurant promises exquisite dishes paired with bright and colourful interiors and unmatched views over the Qawra coastline.

Trattoria Riccardo - Things to do in DecemberDiscover traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist at Trattoria Riccardo.
Minoa - Things to do in DecemberCelebrate the rich and diverse cuisines of the Mediterranean at Minoa.

Have yourself a capital Christmas

Step into a winter wonderland at Fairyland, a popular festive attraction in Valletta, that runs all month long. Transforming Pjazza Tritoni just outside the capital’s gates, this Christmas spectacle caters to all ages. Experience the timeless joy of fair rides, including a Ferris wheel and carousel, or glide gracefully on the ice-skating rink. Enjoy seasonal treats and piping-hot delights from food kiosks while live performances light up the vibrant stage. And don’t miss the enchanting artisan market, complete with Santa’s Grotto, where you can find unique gifts and take photos with Santa outside his workshop. Fairyland promises to make your Valletta Christmas truly magical. There are many other delightful Christmas markets and fairs happening all around Malta. Check out our favourites here.

Inject the wonder of science into your Christmas magic

Perfect for families traveling with kids in Malta this December, the Esplora Interactive Science Center in Kalkara promises a month full of festive fun and fascinating science facts. Watch live animators transform into elves and snowmen. Engage in activities like planting Christmas flowers, uncover Santa’s nutritional secrets, and explore the mysteries of snow. The museum’s calendar is brimming with exciting events, ensuring a season of discovery for your little ones.

Enjoy pub-tastic winter treats

There’s always something magical about heading to a cosy pub on a winter’s eve in Malta in December. If you’re looking for a classic pub experience, head to Penny Black Pub, located at AX The Victoria hotel in Sliema. This traditional British-style pub is always warm and inviting, making it the perfect spot to share a seasonal tipple with family and friends on a chilly night. Or, for a pub with a twist of fun, head to Cheeky Monkey gastropub, conveniently located in Valletta and Qawra. This lively spot serves up hearty food and quality ales, wines, spirits, and cocktails for a celebration that everyone will love.

Penny Black Bar in QawraIndulge in a laid-back evening at Penny Black Pub.

Sing carols from around the world

Get caught up in the festive spirit with Christmas Around the World, a heart-warming Christmas Eve concert at Valletta’s historic Mediterranean Conference Centre. This enchanting evening, hosted by the talented Goldberg Ensemble—a group of classically trained musicians and choir—transports you through a global celebration of carols. Experience the magic as they perform traditional carols and hymns in one of the island’s most striking venues.

Light up your December nights in Malta

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas nights at the Magical Illuminated Trail. Running from November 25th to January 7th, this event transforms the gardens of the historic Verdala Palace, Buskett Road, Siġġiewi with enchanting light installations of fantastical creatures, animals, and imaginative settings. This year, the trail will also feature Malta’s first-ever life-size Illuminated Crib. It’s a delightful experience that is sure to add a spark of enchantment to your Malta holiday in December.

Gift yourself a MICHELIN-starred experience

Christmas only comes around once a year, so why not savour it with a touch of elegance at Under Grain? Located on Merchants Street in Valletta, this MICHELIN-starred gem promises a dining experience like no other. The talented kitchen brigade crafts exquisite Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are exquisite. The restaurant’s designer ambience and top-notch service elevate the experience, making this vaulted cellar in the capital the perfect spot to infuse your holiday celebrations with gourmet flair.

Visit The Maltese Nativity Crib - Things to do in Malta in DecemberTraditional ‘Presepju’.
Manoel Theatre VallettaEnjoy a Christmas Panto at the Manoel Theater.

Immerse yourself in Maltese Christmas traditions

In Malta, Christmas traditions hold deep roots, and the ‘Presepju,’ or Nativity Crib, is a cherished custom dating back centuries. Locals pour their hearts into crafting these cribs with figurines depicting the birth of Jesus. Head to parish village centres around the island and keep an eye out for the signs inviting you in to experience this Maltese wonder.

Nowadays, live nativity events have also gained popularity. Local parishes breathe life into the traditional story with actors in Biblical-inspired costumes, real animals, and life-sized cribs. Notably, Bethlehem F’Ghajnsielem in Gozo has become an annual spectacle drawing thousands to experience this expansive nativity scene, with 150 actors, transporting visitors to Judea 2000 years ago, making it a standout experience in Malta in December.

Have a ball at panto

Christmas panto is a big deal in Malta, bringing with it its own unique style and a playful sense of humour. It’s a promise of slapstick, colourful fun, blending Maltese and English for a delightful experience. Even if you don’t catch every detail of the plot, the zany costumes, lively pop song renditions, and entertaining callbacks ensure a good time. Amidst several competing pantos, the one at the Manoel Theatre stands out. This historic gem, one of the oldest in the Mediterranean, adds a touch of grandeur to the festive fun.

TemptAsian Asian Restaurant in SliemaTemptAsian Asian Fusion Restaurant is situated on the ninth floor of AX The Palace.

Celebrate the countdown to New Year in style

If you’re celebrating your New Year in Malta, treat yourself to a countdown celebration with a delicious twist at the award-winning TemptAsian. Situated on the ninth floor above AX The Palace in Sliema, this stylish restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Sliema skyline, making it a captivating setting for an unforgettable New Year celebration. Each course in this carefully crafted set menu brings a taste of the exotic, setting the stage for a memorable countdown and a fantastic start to the new year in Malta.

Revel in magic for New Year’s Eve at Medusa, our brand-new sky bar situated on Level 10 at AX ODYCY Hotel in Qawra. As the clock ticks towards midnight, surrender to the allure of Medusa’s exclusive atmosphere, where enchanting lighting sets the stage for a night of revelry. The DJ’s setlist and high-end cocktails ensure a night filled with excitement and lasting memories.

Facade of Rosselli AX Privilege; 5-star Luxury Hotel in Valletta5-star luxury hotel; Rosselli AX Privilege, Valletta. Photo credits go to

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