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It may not be a White Christmas in Malta…
…however, the Christmas spirit will still be around nevertheless! If you find yourself to be away from home this festive season, you certainly won’t miss out on any events happening around Malta where you will feel the magic of Christmas.
Christmas in Malta is celebrated in a grand style. From decorated homes, to street lights, to festivals dedicated to the festive season, there’s no doubt the holiday cheer is present on our islands!
Can’t decide where to go yet? This blog post will be your guide to a selection of unmissable events taking place this Christmas.
Fairyland - Santa's City
This year, you will be able to feel the magic of Christmas in the capital city! Fairyland – Santa’s City is back with a bang after 2 years, where the Triton Fountain Square will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland from the 3rd of December 2021 to the 2nd of January 2022.
The Malta Tourism Authority describes this as “another step forward in our path towards the normality, we strongly missed due to the pandemic”, and its main objective of the event is “nurturing the positive atmosphere that the festive season is well renowned for in the Maltese Islands,” in a recent statement.
The capital will be greatly illuminated and highly decorated for the festive season. Expect to see a larger-than-life Ferris wheel, an ice-skating rink, German-style markets selling delicious food and beverages, not to mention mulled wine, and many more surprises.
The Magical Illuminated Trail
From 3rd December 2021 to 8th January 2022, Verdala Palace in Buskett will host a light show, which is described as “a spectacular walkabout journey through the walkways of one of Malta’s National Historic Gems”. Last year’s edition was a drive through event, but this year’s will consist of more than just larger-than-life sculptures.
This event is ideal for those who love selfies and colourful lights. It will take place outdoors, so you must dress up for the chilly nights!
Book your tickets here.
Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem (CANCELLED)
NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
On selected days in December, the town of Ghajnsielem on our sister island of Gozo usually turns into the Nativity.
This event has been one of the most popular Christmas events around the islands – however, due to strict COVID-19 measures, this year’s edition has been put off for another year.
The Malta international Christmas Choir Festival
Sicilian-based EuroArt Productions, in collaboration with Leon Promotions Malta, will present the third edition of The Malta International Christmas Choir Festival. It will be held between the 2nd and 6th December 2021 in various locations around the Maltese Islands.
Various choirs will participate in this festival, ranging from male, female, youth, gospel to folk choirs.
Click here for more details.
The Elf on the Shelf – Alive in Concert 2021
You’ve heard of Elf on the Shelf*, now get ready for a Christmas concert organised by the Malta National Children’s Choir. Held between the 7th and 12th December 2021, experience a mixture of singing, dancing, and festive feelings at the Catholic Institute in Floriana – right by the Granaries, where the Isle of MTV is usually held.
*If you don’t know who Elf on the Shelf is, he is a character based on the children’s picture book titled The Elf on the Shelf published in 2005. This little fellow explains how Santa Claus knows if you’re naughty or nice, and comes in a keepsake box. He also describes how elves visit children from the American holiday of Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve and encourage them to behave, so that they can tell Santa in preparation for Christmas Eve. The main objective is that children must not touch the elf or its magic will disappear…
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“Every year at Christmas, snowflakes fall like a sweet winter dance. One Christmas Eve, young Clara receives a nutcracker; an inanimate puppet, which she holds tightly as she falls asleep. Drifting into a dream world, all her toys magically come to life and take her to an enchanted world full of sparkle, joy and colour.”
Moveo Dance Company will present a rendition of ‘The Nutcracker’ between the 3rd and 5th of December, which combines the magic of choreography to Tchaikovsky’s unmistakable music. The classic story will be brought to life in an unforgettable performance which will create magical memories for the whole family!
The show will take place at the University of Malta Valletta Campus and tickets can be purchased here.
Feel the Magic of Christmas
For one night only on Malta’s sister island, the Teatru Astra (Astra Theatre) in Victoria will host its 24th edition of the Christmas Concert featuring the Chorus Urbanus and the Urbanus Junior Choir, accompanied by the Urbanus Junior Orchestra.
The concert is free.
Valletta NYE 2022 (Televised)
The annual New Year’s Eve special in the heart of the capital is back with a bang! Valletta will turn into one big party with performances by local artists and special guests, To ring in the new year, Malta’s very own Palace String Orchestra, and multi-platinum-selling British singer, producer and DJ John Newman, best known for his #1 hit ‘Love Me Again’.
This event will be broadcast on TVM from 10pm onwards.
Note: COVID-19 measures will be in place throughout all events.
Focus on Fluency
A white Christmas (idiom) — a Christmas during which there is snow on the ground.
The festive season (idiom) — an informal name for the period leading up to and including the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day
Holiday cheer (idiom) — the joyful and generous attitude expected of people at Christmas
There’s no doubt (idiom) — probably, most likely, without a question
To nurture (verb) – to support and encourage
Renowned (adjective) – celebrated, famous
Larger-than-life (adjective) — attracting special attention because of unusual and flamboyant appearance
Ferris wheel (noun) –– an amusement ride consisting of a rotating upright wheel with multiple passenger-carrying components attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns, they are kept upright, usually by gravity
Illuminated (adjective) – lit with bright lights
Rink (noun) – an enclosed area of ice for skating as well as ice hockey
Good things come in small packages (idiom) — the things that have the most value or quality are small; the size of something does not always properly indicate its value.
Fellow (noun) — companion
Keepsake (noun) — a small item kept in the memory of the person who originally owned it or gave it
Back with a bang (idiom, informal) – when something starts in a very exciting and noticeable way
Ring in the new year (idiom) – to mark the end of the previous year and the start of a new one, typically with a party or other celebration
Multi-platinum (adjective – multi- is a prefix) — denoting or relating to a musical recording that has sold more than two million copies
One night only (slang) – based on the title of the song of the same name from the 1981 movie Dreamgirls, referring to something that will only happen on one night.
If you are planning to visit Malta this summer, we’ve provided you a list of events you should attend during your stay!
As of today, 9 May 2022, travel into Malta will no longer be categorised into ‘red’ and ‘dark red’. Quarantine upon arrival has been removed.
ESE has recently received the award from the YEDAB and Eurasia Workshops for handling the COVID-19 crisis best so far.