Happy Holiday in Rome: The Best Christmas Attractions in Rome for Christmas

Christmas attractions in Rome. Christmas in Rome is like a magical dream come true. The city is filled with festive lights, delicious food, holiday performances, and appearances from Befana the Good Witch.

If you’re spending the Christmas holiday in Rome, consider yourself in good company. There are tons of amazing activities that can make your holiday merry and bright, and you may just make a trip to Rome your newest family Christmas tradition.

Make sure these five attractions make it to your Rome bucket list this Christmas:

#1 – Visit St Peter’s Square

When the huge Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square goes up, Romans everywhere feel the Christmas spirit. The square sees thousands of visitors each holiday season, offering a prime photo spot. It’s the site of an annual Christmas parade, and also the locale for receiving the Pope’s Christmas Day message.

#2 – Shop at the Piazza Navona Christmas Market

Rome’s iconic Baroque square is transformed into a holiday market filled with all the sights and sounds of Christmas. Here you can find vendor stands selling toys, edibles, decorations, and other gift items. There are also a variety of family-friendly activities, like a carousel, games, and Christmas lights.

Though the market has shrunk in recent years, there are still plenty of things to see, do, and buy. The market remains an annual tradition for many, and will continue delivering Christmas spirit and goodwill to everyone who attends.

#3 – See the Largest Nativity Scene in Rome

Nativity scenes, or presipi, abound throughout Rome, but the one displayed at the Church of Saints Cosma and Damiano is truly a sight to behold. Originally commissioned by Charles III, the scene includes religious figures alongside people from everyday life. Carved from wood by a six-person team for over 40 years, the fully-restored collection is kept alive in Rome during the holidays.

If you’re on a nativity scene hunt, St. Peter’s Square usually unveils a life-sized one the night before Christmas.


#4 – Take a Wine Tour

There’s never a bad time to take a wine tour, but the slower pace of the holidays make the winter time an excellent choice. You can book a professionally guided tour that takes you from Rome’s city centre beyond the borders and into the countryside, where you can explore historical sites and beautiful scenery at every angle. Plus, you get an authentic taste of Italian wine country.

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#5 – Celebrate Christmas Day at the Vatican

Rome’s holy city is the ideal spot to celebrate Christmas. Head back to St. Peter’s Square on Christmas Day, where the Pope delivers his Christmas message (Urbi et Orbi) at noon. This event is completely free, but it will get crowded quickly.

Make Your Christmas in Rome Unforgettable

Christmas in Rome is unlike any other celebration, and you’ll want to take advantage of all Rome has to offer.


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