Christmas in Rome!

Christmas in Rome is truly a sight to see: the city comes alive with Christmas lights and decorations that create a special Christmas feeling in everyone. Christmas in Rome and the Vatican hosts many important religious events and ceremonies. On Christmas Eve, you’ll be able to attend the service in St Peter’s Square and the Pope’s Holy Mass on Christmas day, December 25th.

Christmas markets 2013

he Christmas markets in Rome are a big attraction for tourists and Romans alike, in search of a souvenir or decorations for the holidays. Christmas markets spring up in major piazzas around the city from early December right up until the Epiphany and are great places to bring the family and enjoy the season delights.
Walking through the stalls you’ll find everything from souvenirs, to decorations for your Christmas tree and much more. There are stands selling sweets, typical Roman foods like cheeses and chestnuts, paintings, small electronic gadgets and of course, many children’s toys! In addition to the many markets, there are also various events that take place during the Christmas season around the city such as gospel concerts, street performance shows and impromptu choir performances.

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Nativity Display in December

100 Presepi, a display of Nativity Scenes from around the world, is on display in Sala del Bramante near Piazza del Popolo through January 6. Nativity displays are set up in most of Rome’s churches.

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December 31 – New Year’s Eve (Festa di San Silvestro)

ust as it is all over the world, New Year’s Eve, which coincides with the Feast of Saint Sylvester (San Silvestro), is celebrated with much fanfare in Rome. Piazza del Popolo holds Rome’s largest public celebration with music, dancing, and fireworks and of course, huge crowds.