Christmas is a fabulous time of year to be in Rome.
The streets of the historic center are beautifully decorated, the smell of roasted chestnuts fills the air and holiday gift giving is in full swing. Giant Christmas trees fill the piazzas (one of the most anticipated being the Netflix-sponsored tree in Piazza Venezia). And like every other European city, Christmas markets in Rome are plentiful, too.
Whether it’s a cup of hot cocoa, a handcrafted gift or a piece of holiday home decor you’re on the hunt for, you cannot miss out on these five Christmas markets in Rome.
Kick off the holiday season with the first edition of Christmas Wonderland in Rome! This year, PratiBus District’s 5000 square meters will turn into a must-visit holiday setting, complete with an ice-skating rink, 40 stores, Santa’s House, an infinity room and even a snow village!
The market area will feature street food and craftwork recalling London’s famous Portobello Market. But the surprises in store aren’t over: Christmas Wonderland will also boast a beautiful light zoo to snap your best holiday pictures, a neon museum and live performances. Entry comes at €10 and it’s totally worth it!
2019–2020 dates: December 20–January 6
Piazza Navona Christmas Market
UPDATE: The Piazza Navona Christmas Market is closed as of December 16, 2019.
The most famous Christmas market in Rome is the one in the beautiful Piazza Navona.
Starting in early December and lasting till the Epiphany, every tourist and local stumbles upon this Christmas market. Dozens of stands fill the piazza selling Christmas treats, holiday decorations and gifts. Expect to find some street performers, too, and a big Christmas carousel for the little ones.
With its sensational location in one of the most beautiful piazzas in the world, the Christmas market in Piazza Navona is not to be missed during the holiday season.
2019–2020 dates: December 2–January 6
V-Market: the Christmas City
If it’s artisanal products and vintage goods you’re after, you can’t miss out on The Christmas City, the much-awaited two-day Christmas market in the 5000-square-meter PratiBus District.
Now in its fourth edition presented by Vintage Market and Mercatino Giapponese, The Christmas City is a huge Christmas market hosting more than 200 exhibitors. From local artisans, artists and vintage collectors, to home decor, vinyls, books and even a Japanese market area, The Christmas City has so much in store for its visitors. Not to mention the yummy food stands selling everything you can think of—and don’t miss out on the workshops, including one where you get to create your perfect handmade Christmas gift!
2019 dates: December 14 & 15
Get ready to dive into the ultimate Christmas atmosphere at Auditorium Parco della Musica.
In this stunning space designed by architecture star Renzo Piano, you’re going to find Christmas stands selling everything from yummy holiday treats to beautifully handcrafted gifts made by Italian artisans. Little ones can leave letters at Santa’s house, and for all the ice skaters out there, there’s even a rink!
Apart from their Christmas village, Auditorium also has some great artists on their December program to spread the holiday cheer.
2019–2020 dates: December 8–January 6
Mercatini di Natale a Roma
Immerse yourself in the Christmas atmosphere in Testaccio at La Città dell’Altra Economia!
For two days in December from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., prepare for festive holiday music, colorful lights and Christmas galore. From nativity scenes and typical Christmas objects to artisanal chocolate from Perugia, this Christmas market has it all.
What makes this Christmas market a must-visit is the wonderful selection of artisans, pastry chefs and craft workshops, but don’t forget about the classic panettone, pandoro and gingerbread to compete the Christmas vibe.
2019 dates: December 7 & 8
Magico Natale ai Parioli
At Spazio Eventi Tirso, you won’t just find the beautiful Frida Kahlo exhibition.
Get ready to dive into the holiday spirit with Magico Natale ai Parioli. Back for its third edition, it’s better than ever!
Fifteen days of handcrafted decorations, accessories, Christmas sweets, perfumes and jewelry await you at this Christmas market. Not to mention delicious gastronomic treats, live music and lots of entertainment. Here, you can find the perfect gift with the whole family—and as a bonus, it’s just a stone’s throw away from the Villa Borghese gardens.
2019 dates: November 30–December 15