Malta is a real melting-pot of culture; vibrant, exciting and packed with ancient temples and relics that any budding historian would love to visit. It’s no surprise that thousands of people flock here each year in search of some winter sun in their famous Blue Lagoon. If you’re thinking along the same lines, but you’re not sure where to go first, then read on to find out some of the top things to do in Malta over the festive period.
- Go sightseeing and temple exploring
You’ll receive many seasons greetings by the local people of Malta, who love to celebrate this holiday with many traditions similar to our own. A walk around your local town will be a sight to see in itself, as most squares are decked out in elaborate Christmas light displays, with intricately designed nativity scenes on every corner. Of course, you’ll still be able to visit the year-round attractions, such as the awe-inspiring ancient temples and palaces that you’ll find around Valetta, or perhaps take a stroll through history at the National Museum of Archaeology.
- Experience a Maltese Christmas and New Year
Aside from the usual festive decorations, there are many events you can go to at this time of year. If you want to immerse yourself in their culture, there’s no better way to do it than by joining the congregation at St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta. Every year they hold a candle-lit carol singing event and service, celebrating the deep religious beliefs that many people of Malta cherish at Christmas time. If you’re staying over New Year then you’ll be in for a treat, as Malta’s capital always hosts a free public celebration with live performances from singers, bands, entertainers and much more.
- Take part in the Feast of Immaculate Conception
There are few feasts and festivals that attract as much attention as the Feast of Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated every year on December 8th amongst Catholic nations. This is a tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and has huge significance for the people of Malta. The main celebrations take place in the town of Cospicua, and there are processions through the streets, street music, and of course, dozens of sumptuous dishes of traditional Maltese food for you to sample.
- Indulge in foreign culture
If you’d like to stray away from the brightness of the Christmas displays, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is always a medieval town waiting for you to discover it, or baroque church just around the corner. After you’ve finished carolling, you can head for the Museum of Fine Arts, located in an 18th century palace in the heart of Valetta. Or, if you’d prefer something more modern, there’s a private gallery hosting an exhibition on ‘Fusion’ that’s only here until 22nd December.
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