Christmas is a very important day for the people of Malta and its sister Island of Gozo. In Maltese Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Il-Milied it-Tajjeb’.
Christmas in Malta
For a very special, spiritual evening, one should join the congregation at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta for candlelit carol singing. Other Baroque parish churches across the Maltese Islands are just as awe-inspiring during Advent. Their interiors are decked out in papal crimson and altars are adorned with flowers. All churches have a calendar of events, ranging from the procession of Mary and Joseph, to streets with groups of children carol singing. The Churches are decorated with lights and nativity cribs known as ‘Presepju’, built by the church goers. Christmas Eve’s midnight mass is the most significant holiday tradition in Malta as the country is widely Catholic, thus churches are heavily populated during this ceremony. During midnight mass, a boy or a girl, normally aged 7 to 10 years old, delivers a homily instead of the priest. This is called ‘Priedka tat-Tifel’ which means the preaching of the child.
Maltese people enjoy a wide range of food at Christmas. Traditionally, the Maltese house-wife kept the fattest rooster, ‘hasi’, especially for Christmas Lunch, which was roasted at the local bakery in a casserole dish full of potatoes and vegetables. The customary dessert served at Christmas was the Treacle Ring, ‘Qaghaq tal-Ghasel’. To finish it off, a hot Chestnut and Cocoa Soup, ‘Imbuljuta tal-Qastan’, which was served as a cosy night cap during the cold December days. Today the traditional Maltese menu has made way for Christmas Turkey, Christmas Cakes, Christmas Puddings and Mince Pies, all inherited during 164 years of British rule (1800 – 1964) in Malta. The Italian Panettone has also become a Christmas favourite amongst Maltese residents. Some of the Maltese are nowadays enjoying their traditional Christmas Lunch together with their families in superior Malta Restaurants
A Royal Christmas Stay
‘From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another
The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.’
Sit back and relax in the knowledge that the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta Team has planned the Christmas celebrations for you.
A Royal Christmas offers you a two nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe Room, lavish buffet breakfast each morning, Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner and Christmas Day Buffet Dinner. Based on two people sharing this Royal Christmas special comes at a price of €412 per room.* This package is exclusive to guests checking in on the 24th December 2012.
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New Year Debut
‘Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.’
There is one night in the year when you really want to party, drink and have fun without having to drive home – especially when the walk to your room is so short…
Enjoy Our New Year Debut Package. Spend two nights in a Deluxe Bedroom, wake up to a lavish buffet breakfast each morning and indulge on our sumptuous New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Buffet Dinners – freshly prepared by our award winning team of chefs.
This package comes at a small price of €482 per room*, based on two people sharing and is exclusive to guests checking in on the 31st December 2012.
Terms & Conditions Apply.
Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem is not worth missing
Make this Christmas a special one for you and your family; experience the life of Jesus of 2000 years ago.
Attractions include the carpenter and blacksmith’s dwellings, the bakery, an open-air market selling seasonal fruits, fish and a wide selection of vegetables, a local crafts area promoting traditional local skills and folklore, a wine-tavern and a typical ‘Gozitan farmhouse’ with panoramic roof.
Fresh water will be flowing along these structures through a small stream with various water features to enhance the surrounding atmosphere.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this re-enactment in Ghajnsielem Gozo. During your Christmas holidays at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta kindly contact Our Transport office on email@example.com
and they will organise your transfers. This activity can be also conducted with Our Gozo Excursion.