Fun Things To Do In Rome This Holiday Season

Winters in Rome are a dream come true! Though The Eternal City doesn’t get any snow in the winter months, celebrating the winter season there can still be a magical experience, as one of Europe’s capitals provides multiple enjoyment opportunities for its global visitors.

Five fun things to do in Rome in the winter!

1 .  Hit a Spa Spot

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We recommend the spa at Hotel de Russie for your blissful body rituals. This fancy hotel is also the place where you can indulge in a bubbly jacuzzi or opt for a luxurious steam bath. There are plenty of menu highlights that you will certainly enjoy, and those include Swedish massages or rejuvenating facials. I personally recommend the Detox Ritual that will last around 90 minutes and will cost you around 190 Euro.

The mellow spa ambiance will bring you to a haven of comfort. You can choose between morning or afternoon access to the spa for only 45 Euro per entry.  The spa features a cedar sauna, a steamy Turkish bath and heated indoor pools.

Via del Babuino 9. Tel: +39 06 32 88 88 20. Piazza del Popolo, Metro A stop Flaminio

2. Clothes Shopping in Rome

The week before the jolly Christmas/ New Year’s Eve is the time to dedicate to your Christmas shopping! If you want to be in tune with the New Year’s Eve traditions in Rome, buy some red undies for yourself and your loved ones.

The best part of your shopping experience in Rome are the winter sales. They begin in the first week of January and continue through the middle of February. You can have a fun-filled shopping spree at discounted rates at mainstream fashion brands shops such as Moschino,  the United Colors of Benetton or Zara. Mixes of old discounted collections and new collections pieces will make your shopping spree truly worthwhile!

3. Indulge in an Art Show

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The winter season in Rome is associated with multiple art exhibitions. Those include the Augustus art display at the Schuderie di Qurinale throughout the month of December. Alternatively, you can drop by Cezanne for an art viewing at the Vittoriano until February.

For the holiday season, I also recommend the Park of Enchanted Fables, Artistic Illuminations and the Magic of Christmas in Ariccia.

Taking place in Chigi Park in Ariccia until 12 January 2020 this event will offer entertaining activities for both children and adults.

The magical Christmas village will highlight a few of the Disney characters as well as Santa Claus artistic illuminations.


Parco Chigi Via dell’Uccelliera, 1 – Ariccia (Roma) From the 23/11/2019 to the 12/01/2020

4. Celebrate the Season with a New Year’s Extravaganza

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If you have no plans for New Year’s Eve yet, don’t get discouraged! The fourth  edition of La Festa di Roma, an all-day 24 hour extravaganza running from December 31st at 9pm till 9pm of January 1st will bring joy to you in the right time of the year!  Around 100 performances of more than global 1000 artists will keep guests entertained and in good spirits.

For NYE, you have numerous other festive options to pick from. You can book a dinner table at various restaurants in the Eternal City.

I recommend The Race Club Speakeasy as their staff will make sure that you share a table with people of similar age and background.  Prices for the dinner packages are as follows:

8pm  – 3am |  Price: €100 (by Dec 10th), €120 (by Dec 15th), €150 (from Dec 16th) | Price from 11.30pm: €30 (by Dec 10th), €40 (by Dec 15th), €50 (from Dec 16th)

The NYE dinner includes buffet specials and Christmas desserts, combined with a cocktail and prosecco ‘open bar’ option throughout the night. The extra benefit of the NYE dinner purchase is a membership 2020 card for this private club.

 Via Labicana, 52 (Colosseum)  +39.3282741048 |

For nightclub lovers, here is another good option: Mediterraneo @MAXXI

Review the following options if you consider a visit to a  nightclub with music and trendy crowds for the New Year’s Eve.

 From 11.30pm |  PARTY (only includes entry): Pre-Sale: €30;  At door: €40 |  BACKSTAGE (includes entry, open bar & privée area): €100

 +39 3926672941 Mediterraneo @MAXXI | Via Guido Reni, 4/A (Flaminio)

5.  Catch a Christmas play or concert

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Roman theaters brim with joy with the advent of the holiday season! If you have nothing to do for the holiday season, you should attend an opera or a holiday feast at one of Rome’s multiple theaters.

A Festive holiday show is the right way to mark the jolly season, and I recommend the The Nutcracker at Auditorium Conciliazione (20-26 Dec).

Another good show to catch is Swan Lake (31 Dec) at Rome’s Opera House and the Jumpin’Jive orchestra at Auditorium Parco della Musica (11 Dec). 

…and if that’s not enough…Rome has so much more to offer!

If you still wonder what to do in Rome over the holidays, I recommend that you head out to one of the vibrant Christmas markets or indulge in Christmas cookies and traditional panetones or pomodoros at one of the city’s bakery shops.

And if you just want to enjoy the pleasant Christmas vibe, indulge in the sights of the Christmas decorations that are all over the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona or the Vatican.

Christmas carols and invigorating surprises make the Holiday Season in Rome truly special! The city features unforgettable, festive ambiance everywhere you go and I certainly recommend Rome as a suitable destination for your holiday festivities.

All I advise you is to book all hotels and venues in advance as the Eternal City becomes crowded in the winter!