Rome, the birthplace of Christmas, comprises the perfect place to spend your holidays over the festive season. Take a look at this little guide to Christmas in Rome for an idea of what to expect.
Rome Christmas Trees and Lights
Sparkling Christmas lights adorn the Eternal City with the major shopping streets, squares and buildings beautifully lit up over the festive season in Rome. The Christmas lights at Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, Via dei Condotti, Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, and Via del Corso feature amongst the prettiest.
In addition, some lovely Christmas trees are erected and stunningly decorated in various locations across Rome. They can be found on Saint Peter’s Square, as well as on Piazza Venezia, next to the Colosseum, and on Capitoline Hill in front of the museums there.
Rome Christmas Markets
Rome boasts an abundance of Christmas markets however the largest and most famous is located on Piazza Navona.
This Baroque square is transformed over the Christmas season to host numerous stalls selling an array of festive goods including all kinds of nativity figures, Christmas sweets, decorations and gift ideas. A carousel is also set up, as well as an impressive Nativity Scene later on in December, and Santa Claus makes an appearance much to the delight of children. There are further Christmas Markets in Rome including one in the pedestrianized area at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, one on Piazza Ankara near Stadio Flaminio, and another Christmas market near Piazza di Spagna, amongst others.
Rome Christmas Ice Skating Rinks
Over Christmas in Rome, an ice skating rink is set up outside Castel Sant’ Angelo near Piazza San Pietro. Open from 10am to midnight daily this is the perfect Christmas activity for getting in the festive spirit. In addition, a Christmas market can be found nearby, ideal for a spot of Christmas shopping. Alternatively, the Christmas Village at the Auditorium Parco della Musica also features an ice skating rink, as well as a Christmas fair and lovely carousel combined with an array of Christmas activities for visitors and locals alike to enjoy. The ice-skating rink at the Auditorium Parco della Musica is open from Monday to Thursday at 2pm to 9pm, Fridays from 2pm to 10pm, Saturdays from 10am to 2am, and Sundays 10am to midnight.
Rome Nativity Scenes
Finally, an array of Nativity Scenes is set up over the festive season in Rome. One can be spotted in most churches however, the most impressive can be found on Saint Peter’s Square (unveiled on December the 24th), as well as at the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore (Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major) featuring nativity figures carved in marble. Finally, another Nativity Scene in Rome worth a look is the one set up at the Basilica of Saints Cosma and Damiano, comprising one of the largest in Rome.
So, now you know. If you are planning a trip to Rome over Christmas then make sure you don’t miss out on these festive events during your stay in the Eternal City. Buon Natale!