How Christmas in Malta has changed over the decades

Malta is abuzz with all the festive feels now that Christmas is only a few weeks away.

As the old song goes, ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’, and the streets of Valletta, Mosta, Hamrun, Sliema, Birkirkara and Victoria are sparkling brighter than usual.

We’ve had a look through the Bay Retro archives to find some stunning pictures of Malta during past yuletide celebrations.

Browse through them and see if anything is familiar, the festive seasons you might remember from days gone by.


1. Mtarfa

Members of the Devonshire Regiment celebrate Christmas in the band room of their barracks in Mtarfa in 1909


2. Kalkara

Wounded Australian, British and New Zealand servicemen celebrate Christmas Day in Malta in 1918 on one of the wards at the Bighi Royal Naval Hospital in Kalkara


3. Ta’ Qali

Members of Australia’s RAAF celebrate Christmas at RAF Ta’ Kali in 1953 with a big party for their sons and daughters



4. Luqa

Airmen based at RAF Luqa in 1948 enjoy some Christmas drinks in their billet surrounded by festive decorations



5. Grand Harbour

The Royal Navy hosts a special Christmas dinner for children on HMS Girdleness in Malta’s Grand Harbour in 1960


6. Valletta

Shoppers look for some festive bargains in Valletta on a wet December day back in 1990


7. Ghajnsielem

Frank Buttigieg spent a year collecting old plastic bottles to make this stunning tree in Għajnsielem in 2013



8. Sliema

A stunning Christmas tree made of 2,000 handmade Mdina Glass baubles returns to St Anne Square in 2014



9. Tigne

The Point Shopping Mall launches a spectacular display at Tigne in Sliema in 2014


10. Fgura

Christmas spirit arrives in Fgura with an impressive 14-metre high tree, lighting up the town’s main roundabout in 2015



11. Valletta

Valletta dazzles with Christmas colour outside the new Parliament building in 2015



12. Valletta

Republic Street invests in a dazzling set of new Christmas decorations in 2016



13. Valletta

Valletta gets another new set of Christmas decorations in 2017 ahead of the European Capital of Culture celebrations.


14. Valletta

This year’s decorations in Republic Street in Valletta include lots of Christmas trees and blue lights.

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