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Events and shows during the Christmas and New Year holidays in Rome

The Christmas and New Year celebrations in Rome
The Colosseum in the Christmas Time 2022
During the Christmas holidays the Colosseum observes the winter opening hours, remaining open every day from 9.30 to 16.30, with last admission at 15.30, except on Christmas day, December 25th, and January 1st 2023.
It is already possible to purchase the priority access ticket or book a guided tour.


For these Christmas holidays 2022, it will also be possible, for the first time, to visit the Colosseum at night, after closing time, with a guided tour with access also in the undergrounds and on the arena floor.


Charm of LightsFrom 19 November to 8 January 2023, Orto Botanico di Roma, Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24
For the first time in Italy a real Enchanted Christmas Garden with many light installations. Simultaneously with 18 other European capitals, the Rome Botanical Garden of Rome will host Incanto di Luci , the sensory exhibition of Light Art that will bring a luminous walk inside the botanical garden.
Crossing the threshold of a Door of Wonders you will enter a fantastic world between sparkling branches and cathedrals of light, to meet the tree fairies up to the big sleigh with Santa Claus.
Hours : 17.30 - 23.00, last admission at 21.00, from Wednesday to Sunday
Closed on 24th, 25th and 31st December
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Spelacchio, the Rome's Christmas tree
Spelacchio is the name with which the Christmas tree in Rome has become famous all over the world.
It all started in Christmas 2017 when the tree from Val di Fiemme, in the Dolomites, arrived in Piazza Venezia in poor condition, bare, with very sparse branches, to the point of earning the nickname of Spelacchio , from the term "spelacchiato" which in Roman dialect indicates a bare tree, with little foliage.
Controversy and jokes on social media spread throughout the world, even the Russian channel christened it "toilet brush", that is toilet brush and, if on the one hand it obviously caused the embarrassment of the Raggi junta, on the other Spelacchio became yet another attraction tourist in Rome, more photographed than the Colosseum during those Christmas holidays.
If in the following years the Christmas trees of Piazza Venezia were definitely up to the beauty of Rome, Spelacchio"s fame did not pass and today it still remains among the things most photographed by tourists during the Christmas holidays.


The historic market of Piazza NavonaFrom December 8th to January 6th, Piazza Navona
It is the most important Christmas market in Rome which, from the first days of December until 6 January, concentrates in the splendid setting of Piazza Navona street artists, acrobats, jugglers, artisans and traders.
In these days traditional elements are mixed with the most modern ones and next to the stalls selling gastronomic specialties, Christmas decorations and various gift ideas, we find music, rides and colored lights, as well as various representations of the Befana which is the undisputed star of this market.
An event not to be missed for those who love the tradition and the magic of Christmas.






Christmas World 2022/2023From 3 December to 8 January 2023, Villa Borghese riding school, Rome
The biggest Christmas event in Italy returns with the second edition and this year it will take place in the green heart of Rome.
A glittering open-air event where Christmas in the world will be told in 30,000 square meters, with huge installations, themed experiences, incredible photo opportunities, shows & happenings in a film in which to be the protagonists.
You will be able to relive the Christmas memories linked to the city of Rome; stroll through the heart of Berlin; get lost in the London market; let yourself be fascinated by the magic of Paris and in an instant arrive in New York to twirl on the skating rink under the Brooklyn bridge or in Tokyo, in the pavilion dedicated to oriental atmospheres. The inevitable destination is the North Pole, with an original scenography of the village of Santa Claus.
Info on: www.instagram.com/christmasworld_italy


The Park of the Enchanted Christmas Fairy Tales in Ariccia
From November 19 to January 15 2023, Parco Chigi, Via dell'Uccelliera, 1, Ariccia

The magical attraction, now a real tradition of the Christmas holidays of the Capital and the Castelli Romani, will light up with fairy lights and magical atmospheres, ready to fascinate adults and children. lights, and at the entrance to the Park all the characters of the enchanted fairy tales will be exhibited with illuminated Forex panels, of varying sizes from two to seven meters.Moreover, each fairy tale will have a book that will tell the story, shaped in forex of two meters for two, which will help visitors to read up and follow the path.
Hours : 16:30-23:30 (Monday to Friday)
16:30-24:00 (Saturday and Sunday)
Prices : 10 € (Saturday and Sunday) 5 € (Monday to Friday)

A magical Christmas!From 3 December to 8 January 2023, LunEur , Via delle Tre Fontane, 100
Once through the Magic Entrance Portal you can enter an enchanted world inhabited by fun creatures such as the legendary Pepe, the gingerbread man, Igloo, the great polar bear, elves who will involve you in fun shows ... Walk along the enchanted avenues of the Park, among majestic gift packages, fun snowmen, magical sleighs pulled by reindeer, nutcracker soldiers, lights and much more! Arrived at the highest point of the Park you can cross a magical arch and immerse yourself in the Christmas Heath with snowy paths, where trees, colored spheres and themed decorations will lead you to the mythical house of Santa Claus, who will be there waiting for adults and children to receive the letter of wishes and take a souvenir photo.
For info tickets officialwebsite


Solara Garden The Christmas Village
From 1 October to 6 January 2023, Solara Garden Center, Via di Macchia Saponara, 247

We are talking about more than 8000 square meters of Christmas atmosphere: more than 15 rooms each with different characters and colors, a true paradise for adults and children. Entering we find ourselves in the house of gingerbread and the American sugar stick, from which we then move on to the street of roses, a consolidated theme of Christmas, which accompanies us inside the wooden hut that warms us with its enveloping tones. Immediately afterwards we catapult ourselves into an icy atmosphere made of polar bears and ice crystals. In a Christmas village you can certainly not miss the art of the crib. We have the Lemax village that attracts thousands of people every year, collectors and not, who want to try their hand at building a real miniature Christmas village.
Times : From 9.00 to 20.00 ( Every day )
Free

Christmas Concert 2022Saturday 17 December, Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
The Christmas Concert was born in 1993 in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican as a tool to make known the project of the Vicariate of Rome "50 churches for Rome 2000" and to collect resources for its realization and since then it has been gathering great renowned artists every year international, in a unique celebration of the most beloved and most spiritual holiday in the world.
Now in its XXX edition, this year the concert will be recorded on December 17 in the Conciliazione Auditorium and broadcast on TV on Canale 5 on Christmas Eve.


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