Rome looks magical during Christmas! Nativity scenes, light garlands, and spectacular decorations make an evening stroll through the city unforgettable. Even though Christmas markets are not typical for Rome, there are a few fairs where visitors can get a traditional winter experience with beautiful crafts and decor items for sale.
Piazza Navona Christmas Market (early December– January 6)
Located right in the heart of Rome, by the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the Christmas market on Piazza Navona is the most visited in the city. Over a dozen stalls offer toys, Christmas decorations, and souvenirs from Rome. Street musicians and puppet shows for kids create a joyful and festive atmosphere throughout the area. The main highlight of the market is an old-fashioned carousel, with some elements dating back to 1896. The market operates from 10 am to 1 or 2 am in the night. It runs from early December through the La Befana holiday on January 6th. Because La Befana is associated with witches, the market offers many witch dolls, popular with kids.
Piazza Mazzini Christmas Market (early December–Christmas Eve)
If you like flea markets, pay a visit to Piazza Mazzini Market in Prati, which specializes in antiques, vintage items, and furniture. During Christmas, it also offers Italian sweets and high quality holiday decorations. It operates from 8 am to 8 pm from early December through December 24. At other times, it's open only on the first and third Sunday of each month.