Lots of small markets can be found throughout Rome at Christmas time. However, by far the largest and most popular is the Navona Christmas market… we traditionally bring our children there, and they love it. Kids can meet Santa Claus, see nativity scenes and browse the many stalls for Christmas goodies in the enchanting atmosphere of one of Rome’s most beautiful squares.
All major Roman squares will have their own Christmas tree and every corner of the city is decorated too. Be sure not to miss the huge Christmas tree in St Peter's Square (usually the highest in town), in Piazza Venezia, and by the Coliseum. You can have the kids creating a picture gallery of Rome’s Christmas trees.
Beautiful nativity scenes are set in every church in the city and outdoor as well.
Until the end of the holiday period the “100 Nativity Scenes” Exhibition, is held in the Sala del Bramante in Piazza del Popolo, on the side of the church of Santa Maria del Popolo. It is a very beautiful and suggestive exhibit.
On display are not just 100 but more than double of the world’s loveliest antique and new nativity scenes, divided into different categories and originating from various parts of the world.
The variety is enormous, from traditional stalls up to 4 centuries old, to modern scenes.
This is a wonderful experience for adults and children.
“100 Nativity” will remain open every day until January 8th, 2012, including holidays from 09:30am to 8:00pm. Admission is 7 Euros
One place to go is Eataly, the Roman temple of food behind the Ostiense railways station. In the Christmas period it provides a marketplace where you can buy products from a wide variety of crafts and different items. You will find pretty much everything for your Christmas gifts, taste the traditional Italian Christmas specialties and join the various entertainments occurring there.
If you bring your children for a family walk in the largest emporium of quality food, remember that every Sunday in November and December there will be free performances, imaginative and fun for children.
The Auditorium Parco della Musica designed by Renzo Piano, also offers Magical atmosphere and a full calendar of dance performances, circus on ice, puppet theater, fun activities for children. For more than a month, the Parco della Musica, will turn into a "village" sparkling decorations and illuminations: there will be the traditional Christmas market set up next to a playground and a skating rink.
Auditorium Parco della Musica, 30 Viale Pietro de Coubertin 00196, Rome, Italy
For Christmas eve the Midnight Christmas Mass at the Pantheon is lesser known than the one in the Vatican and perfect for families with children who want to enjoy an intimate experience while avoiding the crowds at the Vatican.