What to do in Malta on Christmas Eve
It’s a few days before Christmas. All the gifts have been bought and are waiting to be unwrapped under the flickering tree. The house smells of cinnamon and mulled wine. All is set for a great Christmas Day that’s been planned since Boxing Day last year. But you have no clue what to do on Christmas eve.
Whether you’d like to head outdoors or prefer a quiet evening at home, here are some ideas of what to do on December 24th.
Christmas Day will most probably be spent indoors, so you might want to go out on the eve. Here are some options.
Midnight mass and breakfastKeep up the century-old tradition and head to midnight mass to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. You’ll also be able to listen to the priedka, or sermon, where a child delivers the much-anticipated annual Christmas message. A more recent addition to this tradition includes heading to early-morning breakfast soon after the mass finishes.
Wine and dineMost people celebrate Christmas Day with a big family lunch. But what about friends? Bring all your friends together for a Christmas eve dinner where you can exchange gifts at the table. Various restaurants offer tailor-made menus for this special evening, so have your pick depending on you and your friends’ taste in food.
Visit VallettaThe capital city always sparkles during Christmastime. Enjoy a stroll through the streets of Valletta, or head to one of the bars and restaurants scattered all over the city, before passing by the Royal Opera House where the Armed Forces of Malta Band will be performing at 10.30pm.
There will also be a fantastic 3D projection show in George’s Square after midnight mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral.
Last minute shopping
Christmas eve is not just about the evening. It’s a whole day that offers those final, precious hours to get that last minute gift. So head down to the shops and tick all the names off your gift list. Just try not to leave it until too late in the day, since a number of shops close early on the evening of the 24th.
COSY AT HOME
What better night to get cosy with your loved ones than Christmas eve? Here are some ideal ways to enjoy a great evening at home ahead of the most awaited day of the year.
Hot chocolate and Christmas storiesMake yourself some hot chocolate (or mulled wine if you prefer), sit in front of the heater or fireplace and enjoy some Christmas classics in book or movie form. The only thing left for you to do is, of course, cuddle up.