What to do in Rome over Christmas?

Skip the family drama for a year and head to the wonderland of Rome for the holiday season. Bursting with twinkling festive lights and Christmas trees aplenty, the eternal city is a magical oasis full of holiday activities. How to make the most of your stay? We’ve listed the top attractions of what to do in Rome during Christmas time.

  • Christmas Markets

    Europe is renowned for their Christmas markets popping up within the centre squares and city streets, with Italy being no different. Rome has many holiday markets to choose from, all teeming with festive decorations and lively music. Offering culinary specialities, mulled wine, traditional toys, and Christmas shows. The most noteworthy to choose from are Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona. Campo de’ Fiori sits nearby to some of the most famous tourist attractions and can be a great end to a full day of sightseeing. Piazza Navona is world famous, held in one of the most beautiful squares within the city. Take a stroll around the square, visiting the Christmas stalls, watching the performers, and marvelling at the Fountain of the Four Rivers with the baroque church of Sant’Agnese in Agone as the stunning backdrop.

  • Visit the Christmas Trees

    With holiday decorations, comes Christmas Trees. The city goes all out with their Christmas Trees, displaying enormous twinkling trees that tower over the crowds. Visit the top four trees found throughout the city, including at the Colosseum, the Piazza Venezia, the Spanish Steps and at St. Peter’s Square. These ancient architectural landmarks are the perfect backdrop against this stunning decoration.

  • Go to a Show

    Get in the holiday spirit and watch a traditional Christmas show or concert. See the Nutcracker within the spectacular Teatro dell ‘Opera theatre or visit one of the many churches that hold music concerts throughout December. Even get your fill of nativity scenes for a lifetime at churches, markets, and event halls to see the various forms of the Christmas story.

  • Ice Skating

    Lace up those skates and glide around the ice at one of the city’s many holiday rinks! Rome may not be the coldest city during December, but it still offers this traditional winter activity.

  • Midnight Mass

    Even if you aren’t religious, seeing the pope in real life is an unforgettable experience. The Vatican City is the official home for the Pope, the head of the Roman Catholic church. Christmas in Rome truly starts with the Midnight Mass run by Pope at the Basilica of St Peter. Despite its name, the mass is actually held earlier in the evening. Grab a ticket earlier in the month, otherwise, you can watch the mass on the giant screens set up at St Peter’s Square.

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