MALTA IN DECEMBER
It is always a good time to plan your trip for the next winter. Visiting Malta during December, whether for a short quiet break or for a longer holiday is definitely a good idea as the Maltese Islands will amaze you with what they have to offer. The first 3 weeks of December are generally quieter than other periods, with less tourists visiting the islands mainly due to work commitments and children schooling. However, should you decide to travel to Malta during the festive season (between the 23rd December and the 3rd of January), plan and book well ahead to avoid disappointment.
The weather during December in Malta is usually mild and a little rainy, but there is never a shortage of activities in Malta whatever the prevailing weather conditions may be.
With good weather on most days, it makes it easy to explore Malta without feeling hot or cold. Sunshine helps, but trips to Malta in winter offer other benefits.
For those who prefer a cooler climate, the winter months in Malta may prove to be the perfect choice. During December, many locals and tourists still opt for a dip in the sea, where both air and sea temperature are usually still around 20 Degrees Celsius. Taking a walk-through Valletta, visiting the numerous popular sites during the cooler months of the year is probably more comfortable than doing the same tours during the summer months.
Make the best of your experience in December by visiting Christmas Markets, Religious Events, crib exhibitions and other activities which make Christmas such a special time of the year. Look out for Christmas Villages which pop up during December, attracting locals and tourists alike. Do not miss out on attending Christmas parties and savouring traditional Maltese food and delicacies which are prepared and offered during this period.
The traditional Maltese menu consists of Christmas Turkey, Christmas Fruity Cakes, Christmas Puddings and Mince Pies, which were inherited during the years of Malta being part of the British Colony between 1800 and 1964. Lately, the Italian Panettone has also become a favourite item. The Maltese Christmas Log is made with lots of chocolate, candied fruit, nuts, biscuits, cream, and a dash of alcohol. The “Log” is traditionally prepared for Christmas Day, however no one blames anyone for preparing numerous logs and devouring them way before Christmas Day. Of course, why not? More would have to be prepared! Look out for the pumpkin soup, and the widow’s soup (known in Maltese as Soppa ta l-armla). The latter usually contains fresh local cheeselets (ġbejniet). Both soups are usually available throughout the winter months.
If you prefer hotter ambience, summer is the best time of year to visit Malta and Gozo. Summer in Malta is ideal for spending time on the beach, doing water sports and other outdoor activities. December may not offer the extensive water sports, however most diving schools still operate and one can go for a try dive or even full courses to obtain open sea diving experiences and licencing.
Should you decide on visiting Malta during December, light winter clothes for during the day, and warmer clothes for the evening would be ideal. It is recommended to carry with you a jacket or coat and a winter hat. However, should you find the need to purchase more adequate clothing during your visit, Malta offers great shopping experiences. From small shops in the city, towns and villages, to shopping malls offering high end top branded outlets as well as cheaper options to fit all budgets.
You will be surprised at how cheap airline tickets may be during December, and look out for hotel discounts!