Things to do in Rome during the Christmas Holidays and the beginning of the New Year

Things to do in Rome during the Christmas Holidays and the beginning of the New Year

The atmosphere and the magic of Rome at Christmas blend together, making the eternal city more unique than ever.
Rome offers many cultural and traditional proposals: Christmas markets and shopping, shows, concerts, art exhibitions, all opportunities to spend pleasent days in the magical atmosphere of Christmas.

Visit St. Peter’s Square

Piazza San Pietro 2018 Natale

Visit St. Peter’s Square is one thing to do and not to be missed. This year in addition to the traditional Christmas tree, the Nativity scene is very original and is called Sand Nativity 2018.  The nativity scene is in fact made with 900 tons of sand arrived from Jesolo for the occasion.

The crib is built on a surface of about 25 square meters and consists of a bas-relief of 16 meters in length, 5 in height and 6 in depth.  It is absolutely worth seeing it.


Visit the Christmas cribs

Cento Presepi Roma

To breathe the best atmosphere of Christmas is not better way to visit the nativity scenes in many churches of Rome, but also in the “Exhibition of 100 Christmas Cribs” , which this year moves from Piazza del Popolo to the Vatican from 7 December 2018 to 13 January 2019 with free admission to the Sala San Pio X in Via della Conciliazione 7, every day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Shopping in the center of Rome and in the Christmas markets


For those who love to shop and make gifts can not miss a stroll through the downtown streets as Via Condotti, Via del Corso, the Spanish Steps, as well as Via Cola di Rienzo in the elegant Prati district. Walking these streets during the Christmas period is very impressive with all the ways decorated and illuminated.
In the streets of the historical center, among the shops of more tendence, with its Made in Italy known and appreciated all over the world there are shops like Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, the famous Atelier Fontana sisters, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre and many others, with their beautiful windows decorated for Christmas. Also can not miss the Christmas markets, among which the most important is to Piazza Navona which this year returns renewed after missing last year, but there are others, not so famous but alternative and interesting.

La Nuova Rinascente Roma

“La Nuova Rinascente” shopping center, opened in Rome in Via del Tritone, is also worth a visit. Eight floors, 14 thousand square meters, a panoramic terrace with four restaurants and showcases the first lines of the best international brands and on the -1 floor you can also visit a Roman aqueduct inaugurated by Augustus in 19 a.c. came to light during the works and incorporated as a further attraction of the structure.


Ice skating


In Rome, as in Paris and in New York there are beautiful ice sketing rinks for adults and children across all the city.
One of the most famous and popular is the one that is set up at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The ice rink is 600 square meters and is open to all, where it’s possible to skate to the rhythm of music.

In the Eur neighborhood there is the novelty of the Ice Park Eur with the “Track Ice Christmas” in Piazza JF Kennedy in front of the Palazzo dei Congressi, where you can skate all weekend until January 10.
A little further out of town we find the “Kingdom of Ice” at the Parco Leonardo shopping center, in the Portuense area, with a “Christmas Village” with skating, dining, music and entertainment as well as at the shopping center Porta di Roma in North area where the ice rink will be open from Monday to Friday from 3pm to 10pm and Sundays from 10am to 10pm.

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