The Best Events of December in Rome. Much More Than Just Christmas!

The Best Events of December in Rome. Much More Than Just Christmas!

December is not just Christmas here.

We will try to offer you tips and advice on a lot of activities in Rome. Many of them are related to Christmas but many are not.

Of course the Christmas holidays are the most important event of the month but you can have a great time here in December regardless of this very important religious holiday.


Your kids will have a lot of fun for Disney on Ice on December 1 and 2 [1].

The first two days of the month will also feature the dance show remix, by Momix [2].

Another dance happening is the traditional Christmas holidays ballet the Nutcracker on December 6, 7 and 8 at Auditorium Conciliazione. [3]

For your Christmas shopping we recommend you to check out our Christmas markets story.

The Christmas concert season kicks off on December 4 with Ambrogio Sparagna’s Italian folk Christmas songs at Teatro Orione [4]. On December 5 at the Auditorium you can enjoy yourself with the Italian and International Christmas classics concert.[5].

The cinema events of December are the Icelandic Film Festival on December 1 and 2 [6], the Bollywood Film Meeting through December 9, with the best Bollywood movies for free and subtitled in Italian and English [7]; and the Irish Film Festival from December 6 to the 9th at Casa del Cinema[8]. Also free screenings.

Another free happening is the Treasures from Azerbaijan exhibition at the Vatican, in St Peter’s square, through December 5, with some of the best pieces of this ancient and exotic culture beautifully displayed [9].

On that same day you can start admiring the works of Antonio Canova, Italy’s best neoclassic sculptor, at the Rome museum. Drawings, paintings and sculptures from the Venetian artist will be on show through April 7 [10].

Contemporary sculpture lovers and Chinese culture fans will enjoy Wu Weishan’s free exhibition through December 16 at Palazzo Venezia [11] in via del Plebiscito, 9:30am-7:30pm Tuesday to Sunday.

If you prefer contemporary painting, the Sotiris Felios collection will show you another side of Greece, the creative one, through January 11 at Vittoriano, in piazza Venezia. Always open, 9:30am-7:30pm. Free admission[12]

Italian art buffs should see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel drawings at the Lower House library through December 7 [13]. Via del Seminario 76, 10am-8pm Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm on Saturday. Free of charge.

If theatre is your passion, throughout the month you can see Anton Cechov’s documents, photos and sketches for free in the Pamphilj park’s library [14].

Also devoted to Russian culture is the Czar’s Grand Ball on the 16th, organized by the National Historical Dance Crew of Rome [15].

Two English-language theatre plays will be on stage at the start of the month. On December 6-9 Oliver Twist by Arts in English [16] and exactly on the same dates Loveplay by the English Theatre of Rome [17].

On December 8 the Swedish community of Rome will celebrate Saint Lucy with a concert in the Lutheran church [18] while a parade with hot drinks and winter cakes will take place on the 12th from 7:30pm in Piazza di Pietra [19].

Throughout the month you can admire cribs and nativities made in Italy and abroad of all sorts of materials at Cento Presepi [20], a must of the Christmas holidays in Rome.

The most important Christmas concert will take place on December 15 at the Auditorium Conciliazione and will feature many Italian and International stars such as, Niccolò Fabi, I Nomadi, Al Jarreau and Dolores o’ Riordan [21].

The biggest drinking event of the month is probably the Italian beer festival on December 14-16, the biggest home-brewed beer fair of the country [22].

Starting from December 18, the Bramante cloister will host a painting exhibition of Brueghel’s works. Quite an unprecedented display for the city of Rome [23]

From December 20 to the 31st some of the best Gospel groups from the US will perform for the Gospel Festival at the Auditorium [24].

For New Year’s Eve three of the best (and most beautiful!) Italian female singers will please the crowds with their free concert on the backdrop of the Colosseum: Giorgia, Emma and Nina Zilli.