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What to do in Rome at Christmas?

Rome, at the end of the year, is even more beautiful! Today we are going to give you some tips on what to do in Rome at Christmas. Check out the list of the best places for you to spend Christmas in Rome now!

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What to do in Rome at Christmas?

The eternal city, Rome, is a splendor, everyone knows. At the end of the year, the city seems to gain even more beauty with its Christmas decoration and festive atmosphere. Today we are going to tell you what to do in Rome at Christmas. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Rome is an incredible, full-of-magic city and, at Christmas, this magic seems to come to life: lights, everything reminds us of one of the busiest times of the year in the world and the joy of Christmas dominates the entire city. A precious tip: walk A LOT! Rome is decorated in even the most unlikely corners, so surprises along the city streets are almost constant. At night then: my God! A show! Also read What to do in Rome on New Year?

The city’s schedule also changes:

Christmas markets, street artists playing and singing Christmas songs, choral performances in some theaters, there is everything! Here are some cool activities to do in the eternal city during the Christmas period. Also check out other posts about what to do for Christmas in Italy, in Venice, Milan and Florence!

1) What to do in Rome at Christmas? VISIT THE MARKETS

The markets are super sought after by tourists and locals alike, and are CROWDED! They usually gather food stalls, gifts, clothing and much more. Some last the entire month, others only last a couple of days on some weekend. Some (great) Christmas markets in Rome are:

Mercatino Talenti Natalizi

Mercatino Talenti Natalizi: A charm! Gather 50 stalls full of amazing things! When: From December 6th to December 31st. Where: Via Ugo Ojetti, corner with via Arturo Graf. Opening hours: from 9:00 a.m.

Natalino Christmas Market

Natalino Christmas Market: it charges 1 euro, has a space entirely dedicated to children and is very nice, in a great space! When: Sunday, December 8th, 2019. Where: Via di Pietralata 159. Time: from 11:00 a.m

Urban Bazar

Urban Bazar: It brings together the best of local crafts in a very privileged, stunningly beautiful location! When: December 14th and 15th, 2019. Where: Espaço MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts – Via Guido Reni, 4A. Opening hours: from 11:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.

Christmas market in Piazza di Spagna

One of the most popular for its excellent location. It brings together a little of everything and is a delightful place! It really deserves a visit! When: From December 1st, 2019 to January 6th, 2020. Where: Piazza di Spagna. Hours: from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Magico Natale ai Parioli

In addition to the various stalls, it also offers some small musical shows to visitors! Very beautiful! When: from November 30th to December 15th. Where: SET – Spazio Eventi Tirso: Via Tirso, 14. Opening hours: from 10:00 am.  Mercadinho della Befana in Piazza Navona.

Navona Square Market

Another splendid street market in Rome is the traditional Navona Square Market. Very lively and in a spectacular place in the city, it offers several options of clothes, typical food, handicrafts and much more! You’ll go crazy! When: From December 2nd to January 6th. Where: Piazza Navona. Opening hours: from 10:00 am.

La Citta del Natale

With more than 2,000 options for the most varied items, it is a charming place. It offers, in addition to stalls with great products, shows with choirs, kids’ space with ponies and much more! Admission costs 3 euros. When: on the 7th and 8th; and December 14 and 15. Where: Piazza Carlo Forlanini, 1. Opening hours: from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm.

2) What to do in Rome at Christmas? VISIT CHRISTMAS TREES

Another option is to visit the beautiful trees in the city! It’s worth every visit! Take a lot of pictures!

Tree in Venezia Square (Spelacchio)

The tree in Venezia Square (Spelacchio), sponsored by Netflix, is one of the main Roman attractions during Christmas. With more than 22 meters and 80,000 (!!) lights, it will be opened on December 18th and will remain on until January 6th.

Tree of St Peter’s Square

Another famous and long-awaited tree is the tree mounted at St Peters Square. The tree will be inaugurated on December 5th, at 4:30 pm and will be mounted until January 12th, 2020. It will be 26-meter high and, of course, have lights on all sides! It is BEAUTIFUL! It is worth checking! Find out here how to visit St. Peter’s Basilica!

3) What to do in Rome at Christmas? WALKING IN THE LIT UP STREETS

Another worthwhile trip is a stroll through the lit up streets. Among the most beautiful are:

Via del Corso

Via Del Corso, which will turn on the Christmas lights on December 8th with the Roma By Light project. The project includes a state-of-the-art computerized management system using remotely controlled LED screens. With more than 190,000 meters of optical fiber, the projections will be made by 115 projectors and saves up to 45% of electricity.

Via Dei Condotti

Via Dei Condotti also received special lighting. From November 23rd until January 9th, you can see the lights that ‘illuminate’ the most popular characters among children and adults such as Tom & Jerry, The World of Gumball, Adventure Time, Tweety and Sylvester, in addition to Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls and Scooby-Doo. The initiative, of course, is from Cartoon Network with Boomerang.

4) What to do in Rome at Christmas? VISIT THE VATICAN NATIVITY SCENE

Another very beautiful place is the Vatican Nativity Scene. Admission is free and the visit gives us unparalleled peace! Also in the Nativity scene, another very beautiful one is the Presepe dei Netturbini, which is permanent, but changes the decoration every year. This year’s will be inaugurated on December 15th and will be mounted until January 31st, 20, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (and from February 1st to December 14th, Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm – Sunday and holidays from 8:00 am to 11:30 am). Find out here how to visit the Vatican Museum!

5) What to do in Rome at Christmas? TOUR IN CINECITTÀ

Talking about Christmas magic and not mentioning the CineCittà is like talking about Rome and not mentioning the Colosseum! The park is huge and offers several entertainment options. Of course, at Christmas, there are countless themed attractions and it’s hard to choose just one! The ticket costs from 24 euros and is worth every penny! To buy tickets and learn more about the attractions, you can click on this link!

6) What to do in Rome at Christmas? GO TO HOLY MASS IN VATICAN

The Holy Christmas Mass, direct from St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, is broadcast on screens in the homonymous Square and begins at 9:30 pm on December 24th. You can watch it live over the internet by clicking on this link. On December 25th, the mass is at noon, also in St. Peter’s Basilica. To watch it live on the internet, click right here!

Golden Tips

  • People, of course if we were to list absolutely everything that happens in Rome during this period we would stay here until Christmas next year. One suggestion: ask your hotel reception for nearby Christmas attractions. Some shops or streets less known to the public are also decorated and are beautiful, but the crowd, of course, always ends up going to the busier areas, which is where those who want to see the main points of the city are concentrated!
  • Take beautiful walks, observe the magic, how the city behaves, how it moves; it really is a MAGICAL moment in Rome. Also read Where to have supper on Christmas and New Year in Italy?

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Hotel I suggest near the Historic Center

If you are passionate about art and would like to stay in the center where you can move around walking, as well as having countless possibilities for places to have lunch / dinner or a snack, I advise you to stay in the historic center. Regions near the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum and the Villa Borghese, Piazza Spagna and Piazza Navona can be considered as “historic center”. These are the most expensive areas, but you will be close to everything, literally!

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Hotels that I suggest near the San Giovanni Region

For those who want to find cheaper alternatives in quiet areas, but at the same time close to the means of transport to the center, I suggest the region of San Giovanni or Monti (near the metro stations San Giovanni, Castro Pretorio and Circus Massimo) – which it is a more residential neighborhood; therefore, more economical and quiet! And with just 15 minutes by subway you will be in the center too!

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Hotels I suggest near Vatican City

An interesting area to stay and a little cheaper than the historic center is the Vatican area (Vatican Museums) which is very well connected with everything.

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Hotel I suggest near Termini Station

For those who prefer to stay in neighborhoods that have good access to the rest of the city and at a better price, then you should choose accommodation in the surroundings of Termini Station (from where a dense network of public means of transport starts, serving both: the local people and tourists).

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Hotels that I suggest in Trastevere

For those who prefer to “taste” authentic and characteristic Rome, there is nothing better than booking a hotel in Trastevere (on the outskirts of the city’s historic river), full of typical Roman history and traditions, known for the tortuous streets of sampietrini stones and the centers medieval style housing.

The neighborhood is in the historic center and to the right of the Tevere River, in the midst of a spectacular landscape, where each visitor can observe the countless churches and squares (such as Santa Maria in Trastevere). In addition, this neighborhood offers several local restaurants and canteens for those who want to try typical Roman cuisine.

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Conclusion

What to do in Rome at Christmas?  If Rome is already beautiful by nature, at Christmas it is a spectacle! If you scheduled to travel to Rome during the holiday season: have fun! If you feel insecure or have no time, and need help to organize your trip, do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier.

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