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

The Christmas and New Year celebrations in Rome
Feast of the Epiphany in Piazza NavonaFrom December 1st 2023 to January 6th 2024, Piazza Navona
It is the most important Christmas market in Rome which, from the first days of December until January 6th, is concentrated in the splendid setting of Piazza Navona street artists, carousels, puppets, jugglers, artisans and traders.
In these days traditional elements mix with more modern ones and next to the stalls selling gastronomic specialities, Christmas decorations and various gift ideas, we find music, rides and colored lights, as well as various representations of the Befana who is the undisputed protagonist of this market and who will arrive in Piazza Navona on Saturday 6 January.
An event not to be missed for those who love the tradition and magic of Christmas.


This year it is also possible to admire the Tree of Peace in Piazza Navona, where each child will be able to bring their own decoration or craft to hang on the tree.


Befana 2024: historical processionSaturday 6 January 2024, Via della Conciliazione, Roma
XXXVII edition of the historical religious procession LONG LIVE THE BEFANA - To reaffirm the values of tradition which will parade on the morning (10.00 am) of January 6th in Via della Conciliazione following the Three Kings, coming for this XXXVII edition from Tiber Valley and Morlupo, the first protagonists of this great event.
A colorful volunteer festival in which historical re-enactment groups, horses, flag-wavers, musical bands, majorettes and live nativity scenes participate every year to represent and make the general public aware of the history, folklore, traditions, products and resources of our territories.
And there will be the Befana who, for her party, will follow and liven up the procession, aboard a luxurious excalibur.
Participation is free and open to all.


100 Nativity scenes in the Vatican: V EditionFrom 8 December 2023 to 7 January 2024, Colonnade of Piazza San Pietro
The cribs come from almost all Italian regions and from around 25 foreign countries, works by Italian and foreign artists and artisans, collectors, amateurs, elementary and middle school students. Various materials used from coral to silver, porcelain, glass to bronze, ceramics to clay, wrought iron, wood, in papier-mâché, in recycled materials. The dimensions vary from the miniature format to those at human height. The static or moving nativity scenes have different environments: from the classical ones of the Neapolitan and Sicilian and of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and of the Roman nineteenth to those futuristic expressed with crystals, iron and colored lights.
Hours : From 10:00 to 20:00 (every day)
Free admission


Christmas World 2022/2023From 1 December 2023 to 7 January 2024, Villa Borghese riding track, 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


Christmas in Ancient Rome
In ancient Rome, before the advent of Christianity and Christmas on December 25, the Saturnalia was celebrated in the period from December 17 to 23, a cycle of festivals dedicated to the God Saturn and the mythical Age of "Oro, a time when men lived without the need for laws, without hatred or wars among themselves, did not cultivate the land because plants grew spontaneously there and did not need to build houses because it was always spring.
During the Saturnalia, therefore, as happens today between Christmas and New Year, the cities were decorated with garlands, ribbons and torches and for seven days the population delighted in banquets, entertainment and exchanges of gifts. The slaves also became free men and ate at the same table as their masters who, in turn, served the diners.


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