Malta Events Guide: December 2022
Malta Events Guide: December 2022
Here are some of the best activities you can enjoy when visiting Malta and Gozo this December
showtime at the theatre
Few things bring us all together more effectively than a captivating performance. From tongue-in-cheek comedies and music performances to new theatrical smashes and dance shows, Malta has some incredible shows lined up this month!
A Kick in the Baubles
Date: 1 – 4 Dec
Location: MADC Playhouse, St. Venera
Frank does not wish it could be Christmas every day – in fact, he’s dreading the arrival of snobbish in-laws who only ever bring a single bottle of wine for the entire festivities. Throw in a couple of neighbours, let the drink flow merrily, and everything is set for a car-crash Christmas.
Get your tickets from www.madc.com.mt
Cirque du Soleil
Date: 1-18 Dec
Location: MCC, Valletta
A moving, fun-filled and unforgettable celebration of the magnetic force of love. This spectacular show is a return to Cirque du Soleil’s roots, with gravity-defying acrobatics and heart-pumping performances that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Date: 1-18 Dec
Location:Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta, Msida
Bringing together Malta’s top comic talent, and Malta’s finest comedy writers to create topical, original and hilarious sketches, The Comedy Knights will have you rolling in the aisles each night! Get your tickets from http://www.comedyknights.com
Hall of Fame
Date: 10-11 Dec
Location: Junior College, Msida
A night of dance prepared by a dedicated little family of dancers, accompanied by music from the Hall of Fame. So get ready to be singing along in your seats. Get your tickets from http://www.showshappening.com
Date: 11 Dec
Location: Manoel Theatre, Valletta
An unusual troupe of five eccentric opera singers perform a repertoire of the greatest composers of their genre. Throughout the show they each reveal to us their hidden passions and desires that will bring unpredictable and hilarious consequences.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas
Date: 12-13 Dec
Location: Hilton Conference Centre, St. Julian’s
All the family will enjoy this timeless Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Show, which combines everyone’s favourite pop Christmas classics and traditional Christmas songs.One of UK’s top retro bands, That’ll Be The Day, will perform for the first time in Malta in two concerts.
Boasting brilliant vocals and first-class musicianship, you’ll enjoy hits by Elvis, Beatles, Cliff Richard, Connie Francis, Neil Diamond, Showaddywaddy, Boney M, Bing Crosby and others.
Guaranteed to lift your spirits, make you sing and dance and leave you wanting more, this is the must-see Christmas show of the year.
Get your tickets from www.showshappening.com
Children and family
Malta has everything you and your family could wish for on holiday. Here’s our pick of family-oriented activities to keep the little ones entertained
The Magical Illuminated Trail
Date: 25 Nov – 7 Jan
Location: Verdala Palace, Buskett
The Magical Illuminated Trail includes new attractions for all the family to enjoy. Following the success of the last two years, this year’s event will feature hundreds of new larger than life lantern illuminated sculptures, light installations, projections and much more. there will also be a Christmas village where you can find personalised Christmas baubles, candles and festive décor, toys, various food options, delicious Christmas treats and games for all the family to enjoy.
Date: 3-4 December
Location: Splash & Fun, Bahar ic-Caghaq
Expect Christmas themed creative activities, a large selection of games at the FunPark with animators and entertainers to keep the kids entertained all day long. Tickets start from eur20 online or Eur25 at the door. Accompanying adults at just Eur5 each. Get them at the lowest rate possible from www.splashandfunmalta.com
Date: 7 Dec -1 Jan
Location: MFCC, Ta’ Qali
Not just a Christmas village, but also an experience! Kids will get the chance to immerse into the magical world of Santa and his little helpers – the Elves. Be part of the elves’ day-to-day activities like visiting their bakery store and bake your own biscuits, watch them do their laundry, and also go to their hairdresser to get your hair styled in an Elfie way. Besides that, you shall also get the opportunity to visit their own Elfie cinema and watch the new released movies. Formore information visit santasworldmalta.com
Date: 8 Dec- 6 Jan
Location: Pjazza Tritoni, Valletta
From Rudolph’s Wheel, back by popular demand, to give you the best bird’s eye view of Valletta, to an Ice-Skating Rink for anyone looking to test their skills, or learn some new ones. In addition to the rides and attractions, there will also be a Christmas market to get all your stocking fillers and indulge in a variety of festive food and drink options whilst doing so!
Santa Claus, together with his elves, will be in residence at Fairyland, ready to meet children from all over the world, compile his Naughty and Nice list and even get a head-start on delivering gifts. Fairyland guarantees you a magical outing for all the family.
Qormi Christmas Market
Date: 7-8 Dec
Location: Piazza Fredric Meample, Qormi
The Christmas village setup at this village square will include Christmas decorations, artisan stalls, food stalls, kids and all the things to make a perfect Christmas village atmosphere. There will also be a stage to keep everyone entertained all throughout these fun-packed two days.
Christmas at the Aquarium
Date: 8 Dec-8 Jan
Location: Malta National Aquarium, Qawra
Malta National Aquarium during the festive season is something else. With festive-themed activities and new holiday decor this year, the aquarium will once again be the perfect place to enjoy Christmas activities with the whole family.
In addition to the amazing Winter Wonderland, there will be many other activities throughout December, such as breakfast with Santa, Christmas craft station, Santa’s grotto, jumper day, elf on the shelf, Christmas VR, story telling, and aquarium tours featuring Mickey and Minnie!
A Legend in the City
Date: 12-13 Dec
Location: Next to St Paul’s Church, Cospicua
Cospicua Local Council presents ‘A Legend in the City’; two festive evenings in the village square, which will include food stalls, Santa’s market, a kids area, a nativity experience, a main stage with music and entertainment, a Christmas parade and Christmas procession.
Vincent’s Christmas Market
Date: 13 Dec
Location: Vincent’s Eco Estate, Mgarr
The Christmas market is more than just a shopping experience – it’s a delight for all the senses – welcoming over 60 artisans and vendors with an assortment of craft brands and handmade creations, locally made and passed on to you with loads of love. As you walk around the stalls you can also enjoy a warm cup of chai, a glass of mulled wine, hot chocolate and even a shot of egg nog if you please.
Bethlehem in Għajnsielem
Date: 13 Dec-8 Jan
Location: Għajnsielem, Gozo
Did you know that the island of Gozo actually has a full-size nativity village which opens throughout December and attracts people from all over the world? Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem is Gozo’s live animated Bethlehem village. The attraction is a must-do yearly event for many. Visitors enjoy stepping back in history, witnessing the life, customs and traditions from the time when Christ was born. This unique naturalistic village fuses traditional Maltese customs with that of the nativity story, hence its name which means Bethlehem in Għajnsielem.
A Children’s World
Date: 18 Dec
Location: Villa Rundle, Victoria, Gozo
For many of us, Christmas is about seeing the smiles on our children’s faces – and this is what Dinja tat-Tfal (A Children’s World) is all about! Activities will include unlimited rides, face painting, arts, crafts, games, cartoon characters and much, much more. This event is a must if you’re travelling to Gozo with children.
art and culture
Your guide to exhibition openings and movie screenings across the island right now
I Landed, Malta
Date: 1 Dec – 8 Jan
Location: St James Cavalier, Castille Place, Valletta
Edgar Sarin creates an image of antiquity following the common harmonious forms, rituals, anthropocentric conceptions and sustainable consumption of the resources that surround us. At the same time, Sarin aims to contemplate the current situation with regard to drinking water on the island of Malta. In fact, it makes references to the importance of water sources on islands in general and the formation of a specific culture around its consumption: from legendarily beautiful amphorae to facilities for rainwater collection. For more information visit kreattivita.org
National Exhibition of Photography
Date: 2-22 Dec
Location: Palazzo De La Salle, Valletta
Visitors will be able to enjoy more than 100 printed and framed photographs, as well as over 115 digital photos displayed on a monitor. As the exhibition has an open theme, the subjects captured by the camera lenses often vary widely and include portraits, nature, architecture, local and international landscapes, as well as more creative works. Entrance is free.
Date: 6-11 Dec
Location: Swieqi Local Council Community Hall, Swieqi
The exhibition ‘Diversity’ by Vania Goshe is presenting a selection of works, created with a palette knife, that include Maltese scenes, florals, seascapes and abstracts.
Cinema Night: Frida. Viva La Vida
Date: 7 Dec
Location: Spazju Kreattiv Cinema, Valletta
The documentary-film directed by Giovanni Troilo, presents the six chapters of a journey in search of Frida, into the heart of Mexico, amid cactuses, monkeys, deer and parrots, alternating exclusive interviews, with period documents, evocative reconstructions and works by Kahlo herself, including the most famous self-portraits.
Latent Spaces Reframed – Malta
Date: 10 Dec-15 Jan
Location: Space C, Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Castille Place, Valletta
An immersive installation of site-specific works directed by Ana Baer Carrillo and Heike Salzer under the umbrella of WECreate Productions. Locating the body in urban and natural landscapes this exhibition offers self-reflective encounters with environments, raising questions of one’s sense of self within the world. Featuring the hyper-local and reaching the global, this installation invites the viewer to experience landscapes from Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Malta.