On the first day of Christmas, Eve gave to me 12 things to do this festive season. The Maltese have ensured that the true spirit of Christmas remains at the centre of the many celebrations that take place throughout December, and there are several activities around the islands that really cannot be missed. Here are a few suggestions we’d like to make:
Christmas Lunch – Take a break from the kitchen madness this year by dining at some of the best restaurants who offer a sumptuous Christmas repast. There are so many great places to choose from!
Give a little something – 2015 hasn’t been the most humanitarian of years, and indeed, the Christmas spirit has been dampened by many recent happenings. Therefore, let us use this time to spread a little help and happiness where it is needed most. If you know of any charity or campaign that is close to your heart, give a donation or contribute in anyway you can. It might just brighten up someone’s Christmas.
Shopping – It’s been a tough year. You’ve worked hard. You deserve a responsible and reasonable splurge. Plan out a shopping list before you let yourself loose in the shops. Get your priorities right so that you won’t have to suffer the guilt come January! And while you’re at it…
Street lights! – There’s nothing quite like Republic Street in Valletta at Christmas. The gorgeous lights combined with the age-old architecture ooze an enchanting atmosphere that gathers the nation straight to the capital. Admittedly, the Christmas Classics album on loop can get a bit annoying, but that comes with the Christmas territory.
Carol of the Choirs – Several choirs organise some breathtaking repertoires for the holidays which are performed at churches all over the island. Check out the Events section for more information.
Santa’s Toy Town – The kids will love this exciting event at Popeye Village, where they’ll get to meet Santa’s Helpers and join in the many activities and games. There will also be a family treasure hunt!
He’s behind you! Maltese Pantomime – There are 3 major pantomimes on the main island which never fail to please every year. The children will be hypnotised by the amazing costumes, sets and characters, and you’ll also be left with aching sides thanks to the hilarious and naughty jokes.
The Bethlehem Inn – A mini Bethlehem in Gozo! This amazing project sets up a temporary inn in a Judaic style, which transports you back 2000 years ago. You can book a night in one of the three rooms for rent and experience the life-size crib in Għajnsielem, where the nativity is re-enacted right before your eyes.
Christmas Eve Procession – This religious custom has been around for centuries. At the head of the procession is a life-size baby Jesus accompanied by people in costumes and carol singers making the atmosphere come alive. It’s an enlightening experience.
Christmas Cribs – If you’re not up to attending a life-size crib in Għajnsielem, local artists set up crib exhibitions in almost every village, displaying intricately detailed nativity scenes. This year, the Malta Tourism Authority will be organising a crib exhibition in Valletta.
Midnight Mass – Let’s see who’ll stay awake throughout the whole thing! It’s worth it just to watch the chosen boy recite the hours-long rehearsed priedka.
Love is all you need – Of all the things to do this Christmas, there is one task whose necessity can make all the difference. As we’ve said, it’s been an emotionally strenuous year for the world, and so perhaps it’s now time to be there for your loved ones, or call an old friend, or find it in your heart to forgive those who have wronged you. The world has enough dispute in it. Let’s not add to that.
On behalf of everyone at eve.com.mt, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.
For more information on Maltese Christmas activities, check out My Destination.