What to do in Rome in December 2018

Rome ushers in the festive season with a busy month of Christmas markets, exhibitions, opera, concerts and parties, with the holidays offering the chance to meet old friends for a cocktail or head off on a winter day-trip. Here are our tips for events and things to do in Rome for each day of December 2018.

1 Dec. Stop by The Drunken Ship for food and drinks and get 20 per cent off total bill with your WiR card.
2 Dec. Take a friend to the see the Picasso sculptures exhibited at Galleria Borghese but book in advance.

Picasso at Galleria Borghese

3 Dec. Explore the often overlooked Domus Aurea, the buried golden palace of Emperor Nero.
4 Dec. Check out the limited-edition street art prints, on sale, by Obey at Galleria Rossoventisette.

Obey at Galleria Rossoventisette

5 Dec. Rent a scooter from Cooltra and receive 30 per cent off with your WiR card.
6 Dec. Sit in on the monthly Old-Time and Bluegrassmusic session at Chakra Bar in Trastevere.
7 Dec. Fans of The Sound of Music will enjoy the Arts in English musical Do Re Mi in Garbatella.

Pope Francis visits Piazza Mignanelli on 8 December each year.

8 Dec. Go early to see Pope Francis mark the Immaculate Conception at Piazza Mignanelli.
9 Dec. Experience one of the most festive events on the expat calendar: the Irish College Advent service.
10 Dec. Update your holiday look with salon services at Toni & Guy. 15 per cent off for WiR cardholders.

Zerocalcare exhibition of comic-book art at MAXXI.

11 Dec. Check out the underground illustrations by comic artist Zerocalcare at MAXXI.
12 Dec. Admire ancient weapons and armour from the Renaissance era at Castel S. Angelo.
13 Dec.Scholars Lounge Irish pub hosts its annual Christmas party with live music until late.

Last year's Nativity scene at the Vatican. Photo L'Osservatore Romano/CNA.

14 Dec. Wonder at the beautifully-decorated Christmas tree in St Peter's Square.
15 Dec. Visit the exhibit Dream at Chiostro del Bramante. Use your WiR card for €2 ticket discount.
16 Dec. Kids can enjoy a special guided tour at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica. Reserve ahead!

Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica offers a special tour for kids.

17 Dec. Order a Carbonara Sour at the hip Pigneto cocktail bar Co.So.
18 Dec. Admire Michelangelo's Crouching Boy at the new Fondazione Alda Fendi - Esperimenti.

Ara Come at the Ara Pacis museum.

19 Dec. See Roman history come to life with the 3D Ara Come at the Ara Pacis museum.
20 Dec. For elegant holiday decorations try Vertecchi, at locations around Rome.

Skiing at Campo Felice

21 DecCampo Felice begins its €4 discount on lift tickets for WiR cardholders.
22 Dec. Look for unique last-minute presents at the Mercato Monti.

Antique Christmas present ideas at Ponte Milvio.

23 Dec. Extra special Christmas gifts are waiting to be found at Ponte Milvio antiques fair.
24 Dec. Attend the Christmas Midnight Mass at 21.30 in St Peter’s Basilica.
25 Dec. Celebrate Christmas Day Mass in English at St Patrick’s American Church at 09.00 or 10.30.
26 Dec. Kids always enjoy the crib exhibition 100 Presepi which has moved to Via della Conciliazione.

Harlem Gospel Choir comes to Rome

27 Dec. Catch The Harlem Gospel Choir with the Roma Gospel Festival at Auditorium Parco della Musica.
28 Dec. Hear long-lost sounds of ancient Rome at the Baths of Caracalla with Alvin Curran's installation.

The natural hot springs of Saturnia.

29 Dec. Escape Rome and head to the relaxing hot springs of Saturnia in Tuscany.
30 Dec. Enjoy bespoke cocktails at Rome's coolest new cocktail bar, Drink Kong in Monti.

Drink Kong cocktail bar in Monti. Photo Leon Perez.

31 Dec. Ring in the new year in good shape by running through the city with We Run Rome.