The Best Concerts, Circus and Dance Shows of your 2012 Christmas Holidays in Rome!

The Best Concerts, Circus and Dance Shows of your 2012 Christmas Holidays in Rome!

The Christmas Holidays are in full bloom and the snow could also appear soon, making Rome even more Christmas-like!

The Eternal City’s entertainment scene is bustling with music concerts, choirs and dance shows. Let’s have a round-up of the most interesting performances running until January 12.



From December 13 to January 12, for a full month, you can go to the free concerts of the Winter Choir Festival held in different locations all over Rome. [1]


A free jazz concert with songs from Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy will be held by one of the many German cultural institutions of Rome, the Goethe Institut, on December 14. [2]

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. [3]

An alternative Christmas concert on the same day, December 15, is hosted by Teatro l’Arciliuto. In Neapolitan dialect accompanied by guitar and piano. [4]

On December 15 and 23 the International Advent Organ Festival will feature two free concerts. [5]

The Great Music in Church season will kick off on December 15 running through January 6. Free sacred music concerts in some of Rome’s most beautiful churches. [6]


Baroque music lovers shouldn’t miss the free concert at the Protestant Church of Piazza Cavour with music by Handel and Corelli on December 16. [7]


From December 16 to the 23rd you can enjoy another free sacred music happening in some of Rome’s oldest churches. [8]


From December 16 to January 6 the church of San Marcello al Corso offers 4 free concerts for organ. On Sundays. [9]


The brass quintet Borealis Brass will perform on December 19 in the impressive Jesuit order’s church of Chiesa del Gesù for the first concert of the ControCanto – NataleinMusica happening. Free admission. [10]


Another free concert, but held by a choir – Virgo fidelis – will take place on the December 20. Christmas classics of all ages and from all over the world. [11]


The most traditional Christmas music appointment of Rome’s holiday season is the Gospel Festival at the Auditorium, featuring some of the best US crews. This year it will run from December 20 to the 31st. [12]


Beethoven’s Symphony 9 will be on stage on both December 21 and 22 at the Auditorium. [13]

St. Paul’s within the Walls will feature the Boxing Day Concert, with baroque music by Corelli and Vivaldi. [14]

If you want to start the year with a live concert, the piano performance with music by Mozart, Bach, Liszt and Chopin organized by the Tempietto association on January 1st could be a good choice. [15]

On January 2, the sax concert Christmas Song will be hosted at Canonica Museum, inside Villa Borghese, Rome’s biggest downtown park. Free admission. [16]



And here are some dance shows. On December 15 and 16 you can enjoy one of the most classical Christmas season ballet, The Nutcracker, at Teatro Nazionale. [17]

The same show will be performed by another company at Teatro Brancaccio on December 22 [18] while the other dance “must” of the Winter holidays, Swan Lake is on stage there the following day, December 23. [19]

Finally circus performances for your kids! The Rony Roller crew will be in Rome’s Largo Preneste from December 20 to January 27. Shortly after the American Circus will be in town for a full month (December 22-January 29). Northern Rome, Tor di Quinto. the Italian circus of Amedeo Orfei will also please children and adults alike in the same period – December 21/January 27. Eastern Rome, Centocelle. The Golden Circus Festival is also located in Eastern rome, near the Collatina road, and will run from December 21 to January 6 in the Tendastrisce theatre. Rome wil feature for the first time the Spanish Circus run by the Carbonari family from December 20 to January 27 near Rome’s biggest mall, Porta di Roma.