Discover These 5 Malta Christmas Markets

Looking for some last-minute gifts or a special treat to take home with you?

 

If you’re visiting Malta in December, you’ll notice that Christmas celebrations on the island are in full-swing. Despite the warm winter weather, the festive season starts early in Malta, as locals love to decorate their homes and spread the warmth throughout the holidays. By now, many Maltese families will have already gotten out their Christmas trees, set up their traditional cribs and started preparing tonnes of mince pies, filling their homes with the joy of Christmas.

 

The festivities are also taking place outdoors, with numerous Christmas markets being set up throughout December. From traditional treats to artisanal gifts, these markets are worth visiting during your winter holiday in Malta.

 

Christmas Village at Valletta Waterfront

The Valletta Waterfront turns into a magical Christmas Village between 30th November and 31st December. With a line-up of indoor and outdoor activities for all the family, this is guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit! There will be a 35-foot Christmas tree, Santa’s house and workshop, as well as an Enchanted Snow Garden! Children can enjoy lots of activities throughout the month, including balloon modelling, face painting, crafts & games. Why not make a day out of it and dine at one of the many restaurants along the waterfront, too?

Valletta Waterfront, Malta

Sliema Christmas Market

The town of Sliema is buzzing this time of year, and there will also be a special Christmas market in Bisazza Street, Sliema, from the 6th – 8th of December. Part from the shops located on the high street, there will be several stalls lining the street, from where you can try delicious festive treats, homemade goodies, mulled wine, and much more. Of course, you could also pick up a unique gift for your loved ones.

Pjazza Tigne - Christmas Market

St Julian’s Christmas Festival

Taking place on the St Julian’s Church Parish on the 5th – 8th December, this Christmas Market will include over 50 stalls selling artisanal and authentic goods. The event will include live entertainment on stage, activities for all ages, several workshops and entertainment for kids. You may also be in for a chance to win a number of prizes with their daily raffles!

St. Julians Christmas, Malta

Natalis Notabilis

This Christmas Village in the heart of Rabat has become one of the island’s most beloved traditions. This year will mark the 4th edition of the Natalis Notabilis Christmas market, and it will once again turn the historic core of Rabat into a Christmas wonderland. You’ll find a wide range of stalls selling traditional food from different countries, handmade and artisanal products, and of course their signature mulled wine! Historical buildings will also be hosting activities for all the family, including the Nativity Trail at the Franciscan Friary’s Secret Garden and the Natalis Notabilis Crib Exhibition, where you can see traditional Maltese Nativity Cribs on display!

Natalis Notabilis, Rabat, Malta

The Eco Christmas Market by Eco Market Malta

The Eco Christmas Market is focused on sustainability, with several stalls having sustainable gifts that you can share with your loved ones. The event will be held at the Magazino Hall, located at the Valletta Waterfront, between the 21st – 22nd December. Apart from the selection of unique and environmentally-friendly gifts, you’ll also find lots of talks and activities taking place to raise awareness about safeguarding the environment.

ECO Christmas, Malta

Book your stay at any of our AX Hotels and visit these Christmas markets during your winter holiday in Malta!

 

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