For a weekend break destination that’s a short trip away, Valletta is the ideal destination to soak up the Christmas spirit and culture. Just three hours from the UK, the historic capital city puts on a festive display from bustling Christmas markets, music & theatrical performances to beautifully decorated streets and spectacular crib displays. Awarded the European Capital of Culture 2018, this prestigious title is a true reflection of this vibrant and varied city. Below are 5 reasons you should visit Valletta in December:
Go Teatru Unplugged 2016
Bringing together a mixture of new, upcoming, established bands and artists, the annual Teatru Unplugged is happening on the 2 – 4 December. Taking place in the classical settings of the Manoel Theatre, this year’s event features five short performances from a diverse range of music genres including pop, folk, rock and more. This year’s edition features a captivating line-up with Gianluca Bezzina, Rachel Fabri, The Crowns, Stalko, Chris Grech, Raquela and Red Electrick. This fun and fast moving concert is one of Malta’s longest standing annual events now in its 19th year.
Youth Village Christmas Market
Experience festive live music, a beautiful nativity scene and eye-catching decorations at the Youth Village Christmas Market on the 3 – 4 December. The stalls will be offering a wide range of unique produce created by young entrepreneurs, the perfect place to pick up a last minute stocking filler.
International Christmas Festival
Malta’s very first international Christmas festival will take place from the 26 – 30 December. Visitors will be treated to dazzling musical performances from various internationally known bands, parade majorettes and folk groups. These events will take over the streets of Valletta, Vittoriosa, with the final location yet to be announced for 5 days of festive fun.
Puss in Boots Pantomime
The hilariously action-packed, festive pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’ launches at the Manoel Theatre from 23 December to 8th January. The Masquerade Theatre Company returns with Malcolm Galea who as well as being the writer will also be starring as the Dame. Attracting adults and children alike, this pantomime promises a treat to people of all ages.
St. John’s Co- Cathedral
One of the most magnificent Baroque churches in the world, St. John’s Co-Cathedral is as an important shrine and place of worship in Valletta. Over the festive period the cathedral hosts a calendar of events including, magical candlelit carol singing services and processions. The altar is embellished with flowers while the interiors are decked out in crimson. Don’t miss out on a midnight mass service, an unforgettable experience and a must attend event in Maltese culture.
For more information on Malta please go to: www.visitmalta.com
For more information on Valletta 2018 please go to: valletta2018.org