Malta is named the best place to spend Christmas

Malta has been named the best place to spend Christmas – for the second year in a row.

CNN once again ranked Malta first in its annual list of 15 world destinations ‘which celebrate the festive season better than the rest’.

CNN Travel said: ‘Visiting nativity scenes is an integral part of Christmas in Malta. Every year, residents proudly open their shutters, and sometimes even their garage doors, to display their holy crib confections to the public.

‘On a grander scale, the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem in Gozo is a life-size nativity spread over 20,0000 square meters of formerly abandoned fields.’

It added: ‘Inhabited and animated by more than 150 actors, including entire families, the village takes visitors back in time to Judea of 2,000 years ago, complete with oil lamps, turn mills, grazing animals, crafts areas teaching traditional skills and folklore, a tavern and, of course, a grotto housing baby Jesus.

‘Downtown Valletta is also home to a lively Christmas spirit, with carolers singing outside the Baroque St. John’s Co-Cathedral during Advent, and a dizzying display of Christmas lights on Republic Street.

‘A visit to the privately owned Malta Toy Museum,featuring dolls, soldiers, train sets, and clockwork tin trinkets dating as far back as the 1790s, is a heartwarming homage to childhood.’

Well done Malta!

Read more: CNN Travel