2018 passed by in the blink of an eye and just like that, the end of the year is nearby.
Valletta is entirely in Christmas, “gift-giving” spirits. Apart from plenty of shops, you will find restaurants galore all dressed up for the jolly season.
To add some more to that Christmassy feeling, the Valletta streets and alleys have been lit up with twinkling lights topped up with Christmas music all around you in the city. Everywhere you go in the capital, you will hear enchanted voices singing “Winter Wonderland” amongst other famous Christmas classics.
Below you will find more about what it is like to spent the Christmas holidays in Valletta for 2018.
Starting from 1st December until 25th December, a Christmas Village located in the historic Valletta Waterfront, will get you into the Christmas spirits if you have not got it yet.
A Christmas tree measuring over 35 feet has been set up in the central part of the promenade.
17 – 20 December – The Christmas Maltese Artisans Fair at Jean De Valetta Square will be open daily from 9am – 7pm.
20th December – Official opening of ‘Milied Flimkien’ at the Palace Courtyard in which the President of Malta, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition address the nation with a message of unity at 6:00pm. On the same day, Christmas concert will be held at Our Lady of Victories Church by Enkor Choir at 7:30pm
21st December – Christmas Carols and Dance Extravaganza at Pjazza Teatru Rjal at 10:00am.
23rd December – National Baby Jesus procession in Merchants Street and Republic Street, followed by religious programme by the Society of MUSEUM at Pjazza Teatru Rjal at 5:30pm
23 – 31 December – Christmas 3D Architectural Mapping Projections on the Palace facade. Shows from 5:30 pm till 11:30 pm. This is a joint-project between the Valletta 2018 Foundation and MCAST Institute for Art and Design. On Christmas Eve, there will be an extra show after midnight Mass. Visit our Cultural Programme for more info.
31 December – New Year’s Eve National Event at Pjazza San Gorg. The Christmas 3D Architectural Mapping Projection project will have a special countdown to usher in the New Year. Visit our Cultural Programme for more info.
“Republic Day (Maltese: Jum ir-Repubblika) is celebrated on December 13th every year. The annual day of remembrance began in 1974. It is the day that the Maltese no longer considered Queen Elizabeth as their queen.
On that day instead, they elected a President as a republic.
A tad of history
Malta Republic Day celebrates the official amendment of Malta’s constitution and the birth of an independent Republic.
The day also celebrates the first president in Malta’s history, President Anthony Mamo, who was appointed as president of the new Republic and the country’s debut in the Commonwealth of Nations.
In 1964, Malta gained independence from Britain however the British Monarch remained the head of state until 1979.
Malta is celebrating this day greatly throughout Malta. Activities marking this historic date take place every year, mostly in Valletta.”
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