Rome is the beautiful capital of Italy and it has countless attractions, including the iconic Roman ruins of the Colosseum, the Forum and the Pantheon. The Vatican City is also set in Rome, although it is an independent city-state with a series of fascinating museums, displaying the art of Michelangelo and other past greats. Rome is a wonderful destination that offers some of the best vacation apartments and Airbnb vacation rentals to tourists. Throughout the city, there are museums, art galleries and fascinating architecture with favorite spots like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and more. Those who enjoy shopping head to some of the famous shopping streets of the city, including Via Cola Di Rienzo, Via Dei Coronari and Via Del Governo Vecchio. A different shopping experience is available close to the festive season in the city, where visitors can enjoy exploring the top Christmas markets in Rome, Italy. Scroll below to read more.
1. Magico Natale at Parioli District
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Rome, with its bright lights and many Christmas markets, sure knows how to celebrate the holiday season to the fullest! One of the grandest Christmas market exhibitions in the city, which recorded a whopping 40,000 visitors annually since its founding, is Magico Natale at Parioli District. More than 100 exhibitors feature their creative works and products at the market, providing countless options for shoppers. Have a look at this Christmas bazaar and take a piece of Rome back home with you.
Magico Natale at Parioli District
Address: Via Saverio Mercadante, 22 Rome, Lazio, Italy
Website: Magico Natale at Parioli District
Opening hours: Dec 11 - 13 & Dec 18 - 20
2. The Christmas Market at Piazza di Spagna
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You can tell how much Rome loves the holiday season by the amount of Christmas markets that come alive in the city. Piazza di Spagna is no stranger to bringing the festivity to locals and tourists as it is home to the Christmas Market at the Spanish Steps. This particular bazaar may not be the largest pop-up market in Rome, but it is truly something special. Against the picturesque piazza backdrop, it’s hard not to feel joyful when visiting the Christmas market. Go on a market hopping tour, and add this to your list!
The Christmas Market at Piazza di Spagna
Address: Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
3. Mercatino Giapponese: The Christmas City
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This Christmas market in Rome brings the other side of the world to you this holiday season. Mercatino Giapponese, or Japanese Market, features its very own Christmas City every December. Located in the PratiBus District, the market has several exhibition areas and creative programs, such as cooking shows and martial arts, for visitors. There’s a dedicated space for kids, too, so take your entire family for a festive day at the market. If you feel like getting into the Japanese spirit this Christmas, look no further than Mercatino Giapponese.
Mercatino Giapponese: The Christmas City
Address: Via Biordo Michelotti, 2, 00176 Roma RM, Italy
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4. Christmas at the Auditorium, Rome
The Auditorium is Rome’s modern version of the Colosseum. Christmas at the Auditorium in Rome is among the most popular festive markets each year. The 20 or more festive stalls sell locally made and fair trade artisan products, including arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, Italian confections and delicious seasonal food. An ice-skating rink is located close by, next to which is a bar serving mulled wine to warm visitors up. During the run of the market, Christmas concerts are held to add to the attraction.
Christmas Market at the Auditorium
Address: Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
Opening hours: Dec 7 - Dec 8 & Dec 13 - Jan 6
5. Christmas and Epiphany Market in Piazza Navona
The Christmas and Epiphany Market in Piazza Navona is one of the largest and best markets in Rome, Italy. Thousands head to the center of the city for the event, which sees a series of stalls set in front of the three fountains in the square – the Fountain of Neptune, the Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Fountain of Moro. Visitors can browse a selection of festive decorations, traditional gifts, arts and crafts, knitwear, jewelry and delicious festive food and mulled wine. Christmas carols and songs are played as a musical background throughout the market.
Christmas and Epiphany Market in Piazza Navona
Address: Piazza Navona, Roma, Italy
Opening hours: Dec 8 - Jan 6
6. Christmas Market at Piazza Mazzini
The flea market in Piazza Mazzini runs all year round on the first and third Sunday of every month. During the Advent season, the market runs on extended dates and hours and changes to a Festive Christmas market. The market is a little quieter than most Christmas markets in Rome. Around 89 stalls are expected to sell Christmas decorations, toys, gifts, arts and crafts, alongside the normal antique and vintage items. This market is particularly popular for its delicious Italian candy.
Christmas Market at Piazza Mazzini
Address: Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 00195, Rome, Italy
Website: Christmas Market at Piazza Mazzini
Opening hours: Dec 8 - Jan 6: 9am - 8pm
7. Mercato Monti at Christmas
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Mercato Monti is open on weekends throughout the year. However, during the Advent period, it transforms into one of Rome’s most popular markets. While the market normally sells the work of designers and small businesses, at Christmas, the two floors of stalls sell vintage goods, festive decorations, clothing, accessories, jewelry and indie arts and crafts. Even better, when the weather is chilly or wet outside, you can browse this market to your heart’s content undercover!
Christmas at Mercato Monti
Address: Via Leonina, 46/48, 00184, Rome, Italy
Website: Mercato Monti
Opening hours: Dec 8 - Jan 6: Sat - Sun: 10am - 8pm (closed from Mon - Fri)
8. Christmas Market & Christmas Giving Tree at Piazzale Ankara
A joyful Rome Christmas market is held at Piazzale Ankara (also known as Flaminio Stadium) from December 10 - 13. More than 150 local artists and vendors offer Christmas gift ideas, festive decorations, arts and crafts and more. The Onlus group (Associazione Kim Onlus) and various volunteer associations in Rome set up the “Christmas Giving Tree” (L’Albero della Bontà) where food baskets and gifts can be left for the less fortunate in Rome, including children and the elderly.
Christmas Market & Christmas Giving Tree at Piazzale Ankara
Address: Piazzale Ankara, 00197, Rome, Italy
Opening hours: Dec 10 - Dec 13
9. Christmas Market at Piazza Caprera
The Christmas market at Piazza Caprera is well known by locals as the market to enjoy the best Italian Christmas food. Here, visitors will smell delightful aromas as they arrive and they can sample some of the most traditional Christmas food, including the famous panettone, a sweet bread served every festive holiday in Italy. Another option is struffoli, which is a Neapolitan sweet dessert made from friend spheres of dough dipped in honey. Other delightful food is also on offer at this shopping market in Rome.
Christmas Market at Piazza Caprera
Address: Piazza Caprera, 00198, Rome, Italy
Website: Christmas Market at Piazza Caprera
10. Christmas Market at MET Concept Restaurant
The MET Concept Restaurant in Piazzale di Ponte Milvio, Rome, hosts a Christmas market every year and this year will be no different. Running from December 16 to 17 from 10 am - 6 pm, stalls will offer a great selection of Christmas gift ideas and plenty to eat and drink for the festive season.
MET Concept Restaurant
Address: Piazzale di Ponte Milvio, 34, 00191 Rome, Italy
Website: MET Concept Restaurant
Opening hours: Dec 16 - Dec 17: 10am - 6pm
Have fun exploring Rome
Have fun exploring this historic and fascinating city, viewing the famous Roman ruins, browsing all the well-known shopping streets, gazing in awe at the Vatican City and eating delicious, traditional Italian cuisines in the many restaurants. Make sure you experience the wonders of Rome at Christmas.
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