Best Christmas markets in Rome

Rome's Christmas markets, both traditional and alternative, create a festive atmosphere in the capital each December. Here is a selection of the city's best markets offering original present ideas during the Christmas 2018 season.

Piazza Navona Christmas market
The capital's best known Christmas market is the mercato della Befana at Piazza Navona, selling sweets, decorations and children's books, as well as cribs and wooden toys. Almost half of the market stalls are - controversially - in the hands of the Tredicine family which owns the majority of the city's mobile sandwich bars. The market normally runs from 8 December until 6 January.
Natale all'Auditorium

8 Dec-6 Jan. In addition to its programme of live music, including the annual Roma Gospel Festival, the Auditorium Parco della Musica hosts a Christmas village with a market and Santa Claus house as well as its popular ice-skating rink. For details see website.


Mercato Monti Christmas Market

7- 30 Dec. This trendy urban market in Monti is bigger and better than ever before, with a large selection of vintage-style clothing, accessories, collectibles, books and illustrations, combining affordability and quality with an exclusively Made in Italy brand. Free entry. 10.00-20.00. The December dates are 7-9 Dec, 15-16 Dec, 21-24 Dec and 29-30 inclusive. Via Leonina 46 (Metro B Cavour), for info see Facebook page.

Natalino Lanificio Christmas Market

16 Dec. This one-day-only event at Lanificio 159 allows visitors to browse through the work of more than 100 artisans, from 11.00 until midnight. On offer are vintage and retro clothes and accessories, books and records. There are also activities for children, workshops, live music and street food. Via di Pietralata 159A. For details see Facebook event page.

Mercatino Giapponese and V Market: The Christmas City

15-16 Dec. 200 stands offering decorative handcrafted objects and fashion items, many of them from Japan, at the newly-opened Ragusa Off venue. The market includes a food and beverage corner, games for children and day-long dj sets. Sat-Sun 11.00-21.00. €3 entry, free for kids. Ragusa Off, Piazza Ragusa.
For details see Facebook event page.

Christmas at Mercato Testaccio

8, 16, 23, 30 Dec. During the month of December a festive Mercato di Testaccio will open on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception - a public holiday on 8 December - as well as three Sundays, 16, 23 and 30 Dec. In addition to providing food for the Christmas season, the market offers gifts for under the Christmas tree, along with festive treats, live music and activities for children. For details see website.

Natale in Serra: Christmas Country Fest

8-9, 15-16, 22-23 Dec. Serra Madre hosts a country-style Christmas fair with market stalls offering artisan crafts, plants and farm produce at its address on Via di Macchia Palocco 320, see website.

Piazza Mazzini Christmas market

4-27 Dec. The Christmas version of the twice-monthly market of collectibles takes place at the usual Piazza Mazzini venue in the heart of the Prati district. The market offers Christmas decorations and antique gifts and is open daily from 08.00-20.00.

XMas Market - Music Festival Roma
15-16 Dec. The Swiss Institute of Rome organises a two-day festival exclusively for music fans. The market includes vinyl records, music and concerts, with LPs by independent Swiss and Italian labels. Free admission, Sat-Sun 19.00-22.00. Istituto Svizzero, Via Ludovisi 48. For details see Facebook page.