Christmas is almost here, and with the first days of December come the first Christmas markets to Rome.

Christmas is almost here, and with the first days of December come the first Christmas markets to Rome.

The best known ones are the Christmas markets of Piazza Navona from December 2 to January 6, 2018. This famous square, well worth a visit anytime, is all the more special this time of year.

December 2–3 is the one-of-a-kind Christmas “cat-market” near the Piramide area; every purchase helps support the community of cats that live here.

Guided tours are available to the archaeological area and the Protestant cemetery.

Another market for a good cause, Aidworld Christmas Market (December, 16) is a market of used items. Donations of clothes, toys, jewelry, and all kinds of things are chosen for the market by volunteers. The market funds children's programs. Plus there's a play area for kids with balloons and cotton candy!

If you have kids, Santa Claus's Village on Appia Antica is open until January 14 where kids can have fun in the House of Music, House of Puppets, House of Fairy Tales, or House of Elves, and where they can write a letter to Santa Claus and deliver it in person.

If you want to check out museums, remember that they are closed on December 25, but are open on December 26, except for the Vatican Museums.

Christmas Markets - Outside the center:

• Christmas market in Via dei Prati Fiscali (December, 3)

• At the Auditorium Parco della Musica from December 8 to 10 and from December, 15 to January, 7.

• An antiques and collectibles market takes place in Piazza della Balduina (December, 3 and 17).

• Christmas market at Piazzale di Porta Pia from December 8 to 24.

• ExpoNoi market show at Parco Jonio above the Jonio stop of the Metro B1 with antiques and crafts, from December, 8 to January, 7.


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