Things to do in Valletta in December

History, Festive Activities, Food and Get Ready to Party!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s especially so in Valletta. Valletta in December is brimming with activities making it the ideal destination for the festive season. Whether it’s Christmas shopping for your loved ones back home or you would like to experience a local tradition while you’re in Malta, here’s what you can in our capital city during the month of December.


Travel through time by checking out these historical buildings

Valletta is the capital city of history and culture on the Maltese Islands. There’s no better city to discover more about the island than Valletta. If you’re interested in architecture, history and our ancestors – look no further than St John’s Co-Cathedral. Here you can witness the infamous Caravaggio painting of the Beheading of St John.


While you’re roaming around Valletta, you can also visit the Grand Master’s Palace (now the President’s Office), Auberge de Castille (now the Prime Minister’s office) and the Upper Barrakka Gardens for majestic views. You can also visit the ample museums located around the capital such as the National Museum of Archaeology, the National War Museum, the Malta 5D Experience, Casa Rocca Piccola and the newly refurbished MUZA museum of Art.

Casa Rocca Piccola

Join in the Christmas festivities

First thing’s first – as soon as you enter Valletta, you will witness a local artist’s masterpiece of the Maltese crib. Cribs portraying the nativity scene are quite popular and traditional in Malta. What’s special about this Maltese crib is the fact that some of the characters reflect local tradition such as the figure of Saint John Preca, the ‘luzzu’ boat and the ‘girna’.


Embrace the Christmas season by walking along the Valletta streets and witnessing all the festive lights, especially the main ones at Republic Street. You can also visit the Christmas market that is happening at the Valletta Waterfront. The third Malta Christmas Festival is happening from the 27th to the 30th December in which you can witness Maltese folklore at its best.

Christmas Crib

The Main Festive Days in Valletta

Valletta is known for hosting a massive free New Year’s Eve Party every year. The main party happens at St George Square. This year, the concert will feature Ira Losco as the main act and also Corazon Mizzi, Owen Bonnici. Pierre Cordina, Xarulu, DJ Mykill & many more. Most people who attend this concert book a meal or drinks at one of the many Valletta restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for a unique and fun atmosphere for New Year’s Eve, try Cheeky Monkey Gastropub in Valletta. You’re bound to have a great time and enjoy mouth-watering food before you head to the concert.

AX The Saint John - Christmas/New Years Events

If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation, book your stay at AX The Saint John to be in the heart of Valletta.

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