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Christmas in Rome

We’re looking to visit Rome for Christmas with a family group of 6 adults and 3 kids (ages 10-13). What recommendations do you have for seasonal activities? A place to stay? Would it make sense to rent a small villa outside of Rome? Thanks for your help!

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Not sure what activities you’d be interested in. But to see events you can search online using the key words EVENTS in ROME (or EVENTI A ROMA in Italian).
Renting an apartment (or more than one) large enough for all would be a god idea rather than multiple rooms in a hotel, but I wouldn’t recommend a villa outside Rome because that would necessitate cars or commuting by public transit into the city, and frankly I would prefer to stay in the city center without that extra hassle.

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We were in Rome just before Christmas in 2015. It was a magical time with the city decked out for Christmas. There were Christmas markets to visit. I can't help you with accomodations since there are only two of us. If you look into staying outside of Rome, consider transportation for your group. We have stayed outside big cities and commuted in.

Have a wonderful time! Watch RS videos about holidays. This might also help.

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Christmas is a delightful time to be in Rome. The streets are beautifully lit, churches large and small have their presepi to view, and there will be large trees in Piazza Venezia and Vatican City. This past year the Christmas market returned to Piazza Navona for the first time since Covid. It has booths with games and ornaments and food and wine. There is also a puppet theater and carousel for kids. Italians celebrate Christmas through January 6. I would stay in the center of Rome where the action is, especially since it gets dark early and you'll want to stroll around and see the lights.