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Thanksgiving and Christmas events for Rome’s international community

The international festive season in Rome begins with a number of events being organised for Thanksgiving on 24 November. Mass is celebrated at 10.30 at America’s Catholic Church in Rome, S. Susanna on Via XX Settembre 15, and the American International Club of Rome is hosting a Thanksgiving meal at Ristorante Galletto off Via Cassia at 20.00, www.aicrome.org. Vivi Bistrot, in the picturesque surroundings of Villa Pamphili, will be serving an ecologically-friendly traditional Thanksgiving menu from 20.30, www.vivibistrot.com.

More informal Thanksgiving celebrations take place at The Abbey Theatre pub on Via del Governo Vecchio 151, near Piazza Navona, which is serving an a la carte Thanksgiving dinner and is screening NFL games at 19.00 and 10.15, for reservations www.abbey-rome.com. Likewise, American-style bar and grill The Perfect Bun at Largo del Teatro Valle 4 is hosting a buffet dinner, www.theperfectbun.it.

The American embassy in Rome, the city’s American universities and a number of international schools are closed for the national holiday.

Scandinavians can get into the festive spirit by visiting the Christmas market organised by the Swedish Church of Rome on Via A. Bertoloni in Parioli from 25-26 November. The event, promoted by the Swedish embassy in Rome, offers typical Swedish food and takes place on Friday 25 November from 15.00-20.00 and on Saturday 26 November from 11.00-19.00. www.swedenabroad.com.

Ambrit Rome International School is holding its annual Holiday Bazaar on Friday 3 December from 09.00-16.00. Taking place in the school's atrium and theatre, the market sells clothes, ornaments, jewellery, used toys, wine and home-baked food, with all proceeds from the raffle going towards the Shillong Girls' Orphanage in India. Via Filippo Tajani 50, www.ambrit-rome.com.

The annual Christmas Fair organised by the Friends of St George's British International School in La Storta takes place in the school grounds on Saturday 3 December from 12.00 until 16.00. Guests will be entertained by a brass band and can enjoy an array of international food. There is a BBQ and the children’s games include a competition for the most Christmassy gingerbread creation. www.stgeorge.school.it.

The Rome Ceilidh Club's inaugural St Andrew's Day Dinner and Ceilidh takes place on Saturday 3 December at the Torrino Sporting Centre on Via Deserto di Gobi, 44 at 19.30. The event is organised by Andy Marmion and Gillie Paterson. Marmion says "We are planning to keep hosting it in the coming years and to make the event bigger and better." The casual-smart dress code encourages gentlemen to wear kilts and for everyone to wear comfortable shoes for an evening of dancing. Included in the €45 ticket is a welcome cocktail and four course dinner with wine. For tickets contact Andy at andy@scottishdancinginrome.com.

The Irish Club of Rome has its Christmas dinner at Ristorante L’Archeologia, Via Appia Antica 139 at 20.00 on Friday 9 December. The meal costs €45 and there will be mince pies, a raffle and singing of Christmas carols. For further details contact Aoife or Michael at irishclubofrome@gmail.com.

The Commonwealth Club of Rome is holding its Christmas Dinner at Harry’s Bar on Via Veneto on Saturday 10 December from 12.30-16.30. Tickets, costing €65 for non-members, must be reserved before 30 November by contacting ccrome08@gmail.com.

The Pontifical Irish College, on Via dei SS Quattro 1, celebrates with an Advent Liturgy followed by Christmas carols and refreshments on Sunday 11 December at 17.00. The popular event attracts large crowds of Irish and friends of Ireland each year. For more details see www.irishcollege.org.

Marymount International School, on Via di Villa Lauchli 180, has an after-school Christmas party for students and parents on Friday 15 December, at which the guest of honour will be none other than Santa Claus himself. www.marymountrome.org.

The Rome International School on Via Panama 25 holds its annual Winter Fair on Friday 16 December from 13.00-16.30. The event is open to all RIS families and friends, and there will be hotdogs, pancakes, mulled wine and music. All proceeds raised from sales at the fair's market will go to a school reconstruction project in Haiti. www.romeinternationalschool.it.

Wanted in Rome wishes all its readers a happy festive season.

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