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.
Well done Malta!
Read more: CNN Travel