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Christmas markets in Rome 2023

Christmas markets are a deeply heart-felt tradition in the capital, a must for anyone who wants to experience the Christmas spirit, surrounded by sellers of festive items and traditional sweets. Christmas in Rome is a magical time, full of festive lights, delicious food, and cheer. Visitors will be able to savor the Christmas atmosphere, listen to traditional songs, and participate in activities designed for children and families.

Three are the must-see destinations in this period. Let’s discover them together!


The Christmas market in Piazza Navona

The Christmas market in Piazza Navona is one of the most famous and crowded in Rome. Every year, thousands of visitors gather to surround themselves with the Christmas atmosphere and shop among the stands full of artisan products and unique gifts. The lights, colors, and scents that fill the air create a magical and festive atmosphere, making the Piazza Navona Christmas market a must-stop during the holidays. Visitors can find a wide selection of items, including handmade Christmas decorations, traditional toys, traditional sweets, and art objects. The stands are carefully decorated and each one offers something different and unique. You can find handmade jewelry, warm scarves and hats to face the winter cold, and ceramic and blown glass objects that make perfect gifts for Christmas.
The Piazza Navona market will be open from December 1, 2023, to January 6, 2024.


The Villaggio di Natale – Christmas Village

Christmas is a magical time of year and one of the best ways to experience the Christmas spirit is to visit a Christmas village. Luckily, in Rome, at the EUR lake, there is a village of this type which will remain open until December 26. Rome’s Christmas Village is a wonderland with many activities and attractions to entertain visitors of all ages.
Inside the space, there will be a designated area with more than 100 exhibitors, all with uniform and curated displays to align with the Christmas theme of the event. The exhibitors will be of various types: food, drinks, commercial, artisanal, local products, vintage, and promotional.
One of the strengths of the Christmas Village is the splendid light shows. Every evening the village is illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights that create a magical and enchanting atmosphere. The lights dance and twinkle in time to the music, creating a truly unforgettable experience.


Christmas World at Villa Borghese

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For those looking for a market with a more international flavor, there is Christmas World, a magical event which takes place at Villa Borghese in Rome until January 8, 2024.
Christmas World offers the opportunity to discover multicultural traditions, customs, and symbols from all over the world.
When visitors enter this enchanting winter wonderland, they are immediately greeted by the festive decorations adorning every corner.
With 40 shops, visitors will be able to experience the magical atmosphere of international markets, with street food and temporary shops with sought-after brands. In addition to the markets, Rome is home to many other Christmas attractions, such as ice-skating rinks, nativity scenes, and live shows.
Christmas World is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the joy and spirit of the holidays.


Other Christmas markets in Rome and in the province

One of the most popular markets is in Città dell’Altra Economia, in the Testaccio district. This market offers a wide range of local handicrafts and specialty foods, making it the perfect place to find unique gifts for your loved ones.
But the Christmas spirit does not stop just in the city center.
Head to the Laurentina district to visit the Mercatino di Natale delle cinque colline (Five Hills Christmas Market). This market transforms into a winter wonderland and offers a variety of gift ideas, sweets, and hot drinks.
If instead you are looking for a truly magical experience, do not miss the Fabbrica degli Elfi (Elf Factory), a Christmas village located in the Appio Latino district. This market takes place in the Ragusa-Off cultural and exhibition space and hosts hundreds of exhibitors. You will feel like you have been transported to the North Pole as you wander through the village and explore the many stands.
No matter which market you choose, you are sure to find plenty of cheer and unique gifts to take home.

Get ready to explore the many Christmas markets in and around Rome and take advantage of the opportunity to stay at the FH55 Grand Hotel Palatino.

Check out also our offers dedicated to the Christmas holidays and spend a magical Christmas and New Year in Rome or Florence.

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