Christmas is a very felt holiday in almost all the world by both adults and children. During Christmas time in Rome you can do many activities, including ice skating, seeing the cribs and visiting the famous holiday markets.
Christmas markets are born after the 16th century in Germany and the Alsace region. This is a commercial event very widespread in large European cities (such as Vienna or Berlin) but that has started to be appreciated for some years in Italy and in addition to northern cities also in the center (including Rome) and the south.
In this article you can discover the best Christmas markets in Rome in 2022 and all the Christmas traditions in Italy.
The traditions of Christmas in Italy
Although there are common traits, the Christmas tradition is different around the world.
In Italy the Christmas period officially begins on December 8, the day of the Immaculate Conception.
On this day many families decorate the house with decorations and other Christmas decorations, make the Christmas tree, prepare tasty cookies and prepare for the celebration of birth of Jesus, the Christ child.
The Christmas holidays in Rome are celebrated by decorating the streets with illuminations and lavish decorations. Street artists and the inevitable bagpipers, entertain the audience with their skills and their music.
Also in the Roman streets you can find walking banquets with tasty roast chestnuts and the classic Christmas markets.
What to do in Rome in December
Visiting Rome in December has its own charm and magic. The illuminations and Christmas decorations envelop the Eternal City in an aura of sacredness and mystery.
Rome is an open-air museum, dotted with wonderful fountains and squares that for the Christmas holidays are illuminated and in some cases set up with Christmas markets.
Christmas markets create a magical Christmas atmosphere, especially in the evening. Everywhere you look there are colorful and lavish stands, rich in decorations and delicacies. An excellent idea to find perfect gift ideas, taste some typical regional products and enjoy the typical roast chestnuts.
→ You might also be interested in our article: "Rome in December: best attractions and things to do".
And among the things to do, you can not miss a walk through the Christmas lights at the Botanical Garden of Rome, a fascinating path in the heart of the Trastevere district, open from 19 November to 8 January 2023.
When the Christmas markets start in Rome 2022
You can visit the Christmas markets in Rome from November until early January.
Near the Christmas markets, in some famous squares, there will also be vintage rides to ensure moments of relaxation and fun for both adults and children.
Where to see Christmas markets in Rome
You can find the Christmas markets scattered around the various squares of Rome and near the main tourist attractions.
With our panoramic tour of Rome by Bus "Hop On Hop Off" you can get on and off at the major points of interest of the city including those where the most beautiful Christmas markets are held in Rome.
Markets in Piazza Navona
With its location in the historic center, between the ancient buildings and the beautiful Fountain of the Four Rivers designed by Bernini in 1651, the markets of Piazza Navona are among the most famous Christmas markets in the capital. Numerous stalls fill the square with a riot of art, crafts, Christmas decorations and gifts.
In addition to the stalls there are also other attractions such as the vintage carousel, the crib and the inevitable Christmas tree.
Christmas markets in Piazza Mazzini
Located in one of the richest districts of Rome, another unmissable Christmas market is that of Piazza Mazzini. Piazza Mazzini is a very beautiful and interesting square, decorated with Renaissance gardens and fountains.
It is an antique market where you can buy handmade creations, quality Christmas decorations and local gastronomic specialties.
Christmas markets in Cinecittà World
The famous amusement park, starting from 8 November will host Christmas with a huge Christmas Village in which there will be: Christmas markets, the House of Santa Claus and Stardust, the festival of lights.