Addresses and info about the best Christmas markets in Rome: where to go in Rome for festive cheer during the holiday season
Christmas markets have never been a strong Rome tradition until a few years ago, when they suddenly seemed to take the city by storm.
While you should not expect a full-on northern European experience, Rome in December does indeed don festive clothes and you will find nice stalls, Christmas markets and ‘villages’ worth seeing in several locations in the city center and outside.
In this post, I share a selection of the best Christmas markets usually taking place in Rome.
I will update with exact dates and links to official sources and safety regulations once the info for this coming Christmas is officially released.
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Good to know! Christmas markets are a German tradition and some of the best Christmas markets in Italy are therefore in Trentino Alto Adige, where the German and Austrian influence is strongest. For a full Christmas experience in Rome, I recommend mixing a visit to the markets below with stops at nativity scenes around the city (the Vatican and the exhibition ‘100 Presepi for instance), an important Christmas tradition in Rome!
The best Christmas markets in Rome city center: locations and dates
Piazza Navona Christmas Market
Piazza Navona Christmas market used to be THE Christmas market in Rome, the one all Romans young and old would go to at least once during the festive period (I used to go with my mom every 6th of January for caramelized apples!)
While the quality of the stalls changes every year, with occasionally disastrous results, it is hard to beat this market for location: where else can you have Christmas huts against the backdrop of masterpieces by Bernini and Borromini?
The market usually lasts from the 8t of December to the 6t of January and usually sees Christmas stalls and a merry go round for the kids
Top tip: if visiting this Christmas market with children, make sure you don’t miss the nearby shop Al Sogno. It has spectacular life-size fluffy animals that are a Christmas-dream-come-true for kids!
- Where: Piazza Navona, Rome City Center
- When: not yet confirmed for 2022, probably 8 December – 6 January 2023
- What: crafts stalls, treats, gifts, merry go round, children entertainers
- Admission: free
The Christmas Market at the Spanish Steps / Piazza di Spagna
The Spanish Steps are the background to another Christmas market in Rome city center with stellar location.
The market here is small yet cute: the star of the Christmas show in this area is still Via dei Condotti, usually showcasing some of the best Christmas decorations in Rome, but the wooden huts with the backdrop of Trinita’ dei Monti are a nice touch.
- Where: Piazza di Spagna
- When: usually 1st December – 6th January (2022/23 dates TBC)
- What: gift ideas, trinkets, sweets
- Admission: free
Christmas markets in Rome near and outside the center
Outside of the historical center of Rome you have several more Christmas markets and events big and small.
Christmas Village at Auditorium Parco della Musica
Auditorium Parco della Musica is a wonderful music venue in Rome with impressive architecture and nice outside spaces that, in December, welcomes a festive ‘Christmas Village’ with something special: an ice rink!
The Village offers several events for adults and kids: this is a lovely opportunity to visit this Auditorium that, as well as hosting a wonderful music program, also boasts architectural design by Renzo Piano.
- Where: Auditorium Rome, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Roma RM, Italy
- When: 8 December 2022 – 6th January 2023
- What: Ice rink, Santa’s House, children entertainers, Christmas stalls
- Official FB Page: here
Christmas market Cinecitta’ World
Cinecitta’ World is one of the most famous theme parks in Rome and, this Christmas, it will transform itself into a magical Christmas wonderland.
During the event, the park will host a Christmas markets with festive stalls along Christmas Street, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas shows and festival delle Luminarie (light decorations)
The even is one of the first to open in Rome, kicking off the festive season on the 22 November,
- Where: CinecittaWorld Theme Park
- When: 5 Novembre 2022 – 8 January 2023
- What: Christmas market, Santa’s Grotto, Light festival, live shows, ice skating, nativity scene etc
Christmas Market at Piazza Mazzini
On dedicated Sundays during the month of December, the market of Piazza Mazzini also turns festive, welcoming several wooden huts selling seasonal trinkets, gift ideas and artisan creations.
- Where: Piazza Mazzini
- When: 4th and 18th December 2022
- What: crafts, trinkets, gift ideas, candles, scarves
What is nearby: Foro Italico, Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza del Popolo (all about 20 mins walk from the square)
ChristmasLand Vintage Market
ChristmasLand Vintage market is one of the biggest festive events in Rome and hosts over 200 stalls and vendors selling anything from Christmas decorations, to home decor items, toys, plants and anything in between.
Hosted in the large ex bus terminus of Piazza Ragusa, the event also promised to host workshops for kids and adults, including craft making ones where to create hand made Christmas presents.
- Where: Ex Deposito Atac, Piazza Ragusa
- When: TBC, last year it ran the three central weekends in December
- Christmas stalls, kids’ workshops
Talenti Market: il Mercatino delle Strenne
Talenti is a Rome neighborhood outside of the tourist circuit and you are unlikely to find yourself in the area so a trip to this market will be one you make specifically for it.
However, the trip may be worth it! The Talenti Christmas market is a full seasonal event for the whole family: It takes place under a huge marquee and offers several stalls with gift ideas, clothing and artisan crafts, children entertainers and lovely food stalls with food specialties from several Italian regions.
- Where: Piazza Giuseppe Primoli (Via Ugo OJetti/ Via Graf), 00137, Rome
- When: TBC (usually 6th – 31 December)
- What: food and trade stalls, performers
- Admission: free
Christmas Wonderland Prati
Christmas Wonderland is an event that saw its first edition in 2019, when it opened boasting attractions such as an ice rink, a ‘light zoo’ (lights installations in the shape of animals), a huge Santa and a stage for music and performances for visitors old and young.
- Where: Viale Angelico, Prati district, Rome
- This event has not yet been confirmed for 2022, you can find official info and updates here
What is nearby: Vatican City
Magic Christmas at Parioli
This Rome Christmas market makes my list as it happens close to one of my favorite areas in Rome, the Coppede’ District, a lovely Rome hidden gem that I highly recommend you visit before diving into Christmas sipping in nearby Via Tirso!
The ‘Magic Christmas’ event is a family event with several stalls selling Christmas treats, jewelry, crafts, design and beauty products as well as live music and children entertainers.
- Where: Via Tirso, 00198 Rome
- When: TBC, usually the first two weeks of December
Natalino Christmas Market at Lanificio
Il Lanificio is a lovely space offering hip events including the very popular ‘Natalino’ Christmas market, a one-day event packed with Christmas feel.
In 2019 here you could find: Stalls, Kids labs, Kids’ circus workshops and performances, Christmas decoration labs for kids and adults, food and live music
- Where: Lanificio, Via di Pietralata 19A, 00158 Rome
- When: TBC
Le Citta’ del Natale – Christmas Cities at Ex-Forlanini
Originally a large hospital now turned event location, Ex-Forlanini hosted in 2019 the first Christmas Cities event, an extravaganza of Christmas stalls, gospel choirs, performances, music and much more.
- Where: Ex-Forlanini, Piazza Carlo Forlanini, 1, 00151 Roma
- When: TBC, likely to be a weekend event the two weekends before Christmas.
- What: stalls (crafts, clothing, food, plants, toys, leather goods and more), food stalls, chocolate-making demonstrations, children’s performances, pony rides, photo bus, art exhibitions.
- Admission: 3 Euro, kids up to 13 years of age go free
I hope you enjoyed this quick overview of some of the best Christmas markets in Rome and it gave you ideas on where to go to tap into the festivities in Rome. Stay safe everyone and happy holidays!