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The Magic of Christmas for Families in Rome

The Magic of Christmas for Families in Rome

During the Holidays magic unfolds in the Eternal City, here are the places to visit with your children to experience the full beauty of the Christmas Season.

Piazza Navona Christmas Market

Starting the 8th of December, when the official Christmas season begins in Rome, you may chose to explore the Christmas markets that offer not only a taste of Rome through classic Christmas treats but also themed rides, artisanal souvenirs, artworks, nativity scenes, and entertaining street performers. One of the most picturesque Christmas Markets in Rome is, without a doubt, the one in Piazza Navona where your children will not only be surrounded by the magic of Christmas but by the immense beauty of the priceless architecture of this iconic square.

Christmas Market in Piazza Navona, Rome

100 Presepi in the Vatican

Starting the 7th of December 2019 until the 12th of January 2020 traditional nativity scenes will be on display in Via dell'Ospedale, 1. The first nativity scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi and was born out of his strong desire to celebrate the birth of Jesus and give people a way to experience the joy of it intangible way. In Italian homes, nativity scenes are more than a tradition, they are a custom that adds to the joy of sharing the love during the Christmas season. 

Nativity in St. Peter's Square, Vatican

Auditorium Parco della Musica

To experience the fun of the outdoor ice-skating reach the Auditorium Parco della Musica that turns into a giant ice-skating ring during the Christmas season. Best of all, Santa and his merry elves will also be there to learn what your children love and the whole family can enjoy the Christmas market as well. 

Ice Park at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome

Christmas Trees and Lights

Twinkling lights and Christmas Trees have a magic all of their own and enjoying some delicious treats while walking through the beautiful streets of Rome such as Piazza Venezia, Via dei Condotti, Via del Corso, Piazza di Spagna can be a joyous experience. Plus, while you take in the Festive Trees and lights, you can also stop to visit the shops encountered along the way for some last-minute Christmas shopping. In Saint Peter’s Square, you can admire the huge Christmas tree set up by the Vatican. 

Christmas tree in Piazza Venezia, Rome

Experience a Festive Play

Choosing a Festive play will increase the dreamy mood children enter into during the Christmas Season, storytelling is magic in and of itself. Consider Marry Poppins, Swan Lake or the Nutcracker. Rome is always full of events in theme with the season so pick the one that is ideal for your family experience. 

Nutcracker Play, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome

Living Nativity Scene of Corchiano

Venture to the outskirts of Rome to reach Corchiano, Viterbo and experience a living nativity scene performed each year on the 25th of December by the inhabitants of this charming village. 

Living Nativity

Random Acts of Kindness

Christmas is a season that brings out the best in each and every one of us and inspires great joy much like children do. The very best way to spread this joy of Christmas is to give from the heart. While enjoying your Roman Christmas, you have the option of choosing acts of kindness to perpetuate, from a smile to a stranger to deeper acts, remember that Christmas is also meant to remind us all that we are connected and we can make this world a better place if we choose to spread the love! 

Best things to do in Rome at Cristmas time

Have a Merry Christmas!


5th Dec 2019