Christmas 2016 in Rome: all the events on offer
Christmas 2016 is nearly upon us and Rome is busy preparing a myriad of events
and wonderful things to see: so what is there to do in Rome during the
Christmas Holidays and which events should guests at the Hotel Mozart and all
lovers of the Eternal City absolutely not miss?
The Mozart has prepared a comprehensive guide to Christmas 2016 in Rome, to help you fully experience the Christmas spirit and most beautiful time of the year in this historic city.
There are numerous small Christmas markets lining the streets of central Rome, which are illuminated by magical lights; a visit to the enormous traditional Christmas tree and nativity scene in St. Peter's Square is an absolute must.
The Hotel Mozart is already decorated for Christmas 2016: enjoy a memorable hot drink or one of our spirits in the cosy bar on the first floor, while you admire our Christmas tree and bask in the warmth of the crackling fire in the fireplace, which is lit throughout winter.
From the Christmas tree in St. Peter's square to the Christmas markets scattered across the city; from the magic of the lights that decorate the city streets to the famous nativity scenes: here's what to do and see for Christmas 2016 in Rome.
Christmas 2016 in Rome at the Hotel Mozart
The Hotel Mozart loves Christmas and loves to offer its guests a warm cosy atmosphere so that everyone will feel at home. Our elegant decorations and Christmas tree decorated with love will fill the hearts of those who choose the Hotel Mozart with the spirit of Christmas 2016 in Rome.
It will be our pleasure to serve you in the Jupiter Bar on the first floor, where throughout the winter you will always find the fire lit. What could be better than enjoying a drink in a warm cosy room with a romantic fireplace and an elegant Christmas tree?
Christmas 2016 in Rome: the markets
Like every other year, Christmas 2016 will not be without Christmas markets scattered around the city, often organised by non-profit associations and charities. Where better to buy Christmas gifts and soak up the Christmas spirit?
Artisan creations, brightly coloured scarves, handmade jewellery, cakes, roast chestnuts and much more. Let yourself be guided to these small independent markets by the Christmas lights and aromas wafting through the city streets.
The famous Christmas market in Piazza Navona hasn't been confirmed yet, but the Hotel Mozart Facebook page will keep you informed on the latest updates.
Christmas 2016 in Rome: the tree and Nativity Scene in St. Peter's Square
Like every year, the Vatican will receive a giant Christmas tree for Christmas 2016, decorated differently each year, and a Nativity Scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. This year's Christmas tree has been donated by the Trentino region in Northern Italy, while the Nativity Scene has been offered by Malta.
The inauguration, with the lighting up of the Christmas tree and the presentation of the Nativity Scene, is on Friday, 9 December at 4.30 pm.
The tree and Nativity Scene are free to look at twenty four hours a day in St. Peter's Square, from 9 December 2016 to 8 January 2017.
What is a Nativity Scene?
In Italy a "Nativity Scene" is a physical representation of the Birth of Christ with small statues or live people. Traditionally there is the new-born Jesus, Mary and Joseph, an ox and an ass, the shepherds who come to watch the event and the three Wise Men who follow the star of Bethlehem to take gifts to the Saviour of the world.
The tradition of the Nativity Scene was born in Italy in the Middle Ages, and today has spread to all the Catholic countries in the world.
Christmas 2016 in Rome: the nativity scenes in Piazza del Popolo
Italy and Rome are closely linked to the tradition of the Nativity Scene. For this reason, there is an exhibition dedicated to them, in Piazza del Popolo, just a few metres from the Hotel Mozart and the Vivaldi Luxury Rooms. The Christmas 2016 Nativity Scenes exhibition in Piazza del Popolo will be the 41st edition.
The One Hundred Nativity Scenes exhibition is housed in the Bramante halls in the Santa Maria Basilica in Piazza del Popolo, and the Christmas 2016 edition is an official event for the Jubilee of Mercy.
The One Hundred Nativity Scenes exhibition can be visited from 24 November 2016 to 8 January 2017.
The Nativity Scenes in the exhibition vary in size and are made throughout Italy and in 25 countries in the rest of the world. Room for creativity: many different materials are used, from glass to wood, china and coral.
Christmas is undoubtedly the most magical time of year and is when Rome offers the most atmosphere, hospitality and beauty. With its shopping, lights, aromas and musical notes, Christmas 2016 is ready to enter our hearts.