Notte Bianca is an annual event that takes place in October and lights up the cityscape of Valletta with a spectacular nocturnal celebration of people, culture and arts. State palaces and museums open their doors to delight patrons with visual art exhibitions and theater performances, while the open-air streets and piazzas showcase some of the finest local and international musicians and dancers. Cafes and restaurants remain open until late. All of Valletta, from City Gate to Fort St. Elmo, comes alive on Notte Bianca.
Christmas is a highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its religious significance a well as in its more social aspect. The season is celebrated to its fullest on the Maltese Islands, with the active participation of many; Nativity scenes, displays of cribs, carol services and other events are organised in each locality. All churches have a calendar of events, ranging from the procession of Mary and Joseph, to streets with groups of children carol singing. Cribs are positively everywhere, from private houses to small chapels. Visiting cribs is a popular activity at Christmastime. Some are very artistic and elaborate, with figures moving around mechanically and a degree of detail that comes from hours of meticulous work by dedicated craftsmen.