2017 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

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icona nataleicona vintageicona abbigliamentoA work in progress guide, to be checked every now and then for further updates.
The traditional Christmas market in piazza Navona, which should have opened on December 1st, is still a big question mark, due to security issues and to some discussions on the bid for the stalls assignment by Rome’s municipality. There might be a chance to see the historical stalls as of December 8th (bank holiday in Italy) after 3 years of no show. While waiting to see what happens to piazza Navona’s markets, let’s take a look at those already confirmed.

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Among the first ones to start, the historical market in piazza Mazzini, Christmas edition of the antiques market taking place every other Sunday of each month. The offering is wide: in addition to Christmas accessories (decorations, nativity scenes, pottery, music boxes), there are many gift ideas (scarves, herbal cosmetics, regional delicatessen, wood art crafts) and some of the Sunday’s sellers with their antiques. [December 1-24, 9-19:30]


The VINTAGE MARKET has planned two sessions this year, one at Largo venue (via Biordo Michelotti, 2) on December 3rd: colored lights, Christmas carols and cookies smell. A day full of events for the younger ones (face painting, creative labs and workshops to create decorations with recycled materials) and a deejay set for the older. There will also be plenty of options in the food corner, from brunch to happy hour, and tons vintage clothes sold by weight. Also, a charity project, with the smiles of ATASonlus clowns. The other appointment is with the Japanese market.


After a Christmas Preview, on November 26, the Japanese Market will celebrate its Christmas on December 16 and 17 in the Deposito Centrale / Molo Nuovo hangar, together with Vintage Market. In addition to the stalls, there will be several exhibitions, a cinema room (with annaryJapanese masterpieces) and workshops. You will find anything from Japan: manga and cartoons, kokeshi dolls, original kimonos, lamps, superheroes t-shirts and decorated pottery. Many workshops dedicated to shodo (Japanese calligraphy), ikebana, origami, taiko, maccha preparation, Kendo and kobudo demonstrations, shiatsu and haiku dance show and a rich food corner, including sushi, takoyaki, ramen, yakitor, dorayaki, tea and sake.
[Viale dello Scalo S. Lorenzo, 10 – December 16, from 11 am to 8 pm, entry 2€, free entry for children. December 17, from 11 am to 9 pm, entry 2€, free entry for children and cosplay]


Two week-ends planned for the Wave Market Fest, in the beautiful greenhouse Serra Madre: many artists and craftsmen, including tailoring, wellness, honey products, cheese, accessories, vintage clothing. And also street food (ice creams, desserts, food trucks and handmade beverages), workshops for children (gardening, cooking, sciences) and adults (watercolors, bookbinding, weaving, natural soaps). [December 9-10, 16-17 – Via di Macchia Palocco, 320]

Sixteenth edition of the ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET in Cinecittà square: upchepalle to 40 stands this years, many workshops and labs. Don’t miss the opening on December 8th, with the jazz trio Note at 4 pm and the traditional lottery on December 23rd, when the craftsmen give out their creations as a prize, free tickets for a purchase of over 20€. Among our favorites, Steffi’s beautiful colored bags and Essere Vento leather accessories and bibihatroppespese with her beautiful Christmas balls. [December 8-24, from 9 am to 8 pm]

Three special Sundays dedicated to Christmas shopping at Borghetto Flaminio Garage Sale: borghetto2those who are passionate about vintage can look for the perfect gift among antiques, 20th century design pieces, table decorations, stuffed reindeers and fabric Santas, scented candles, ancient cards, scarves, hats and tricot pullovers, d’antan coats, trendy tartan jackets and Scottish kilts. To have a break from shopping, there is the food truck Ape Romeo Chef&Baker, well known for its gourmet sandwiches. Christmas spirit especially on December 17, a sort of Christmas eve preview: at noon the traditional holidays wishes by the founders Enrico Quinto and Paolo Tinarelli, with vin brulé, Prosecco, panettone, pandoro and torrone. After the holidays, on January 7, don’t forget the “Recycle Day” with the most useless and kitsch presents on the stalls.
[December 3, 10, 17 from 10 am 7 pm]

Only for a w-e, the one before Christmas, FRA' – Fiera del regalo accessibile (literally, affordable gift fair) at Fusolab in viale della Bella Villa. FRA' is “affordable” because any gift costs maximum 50€ and is hand made by the exhibitors. The big village on three floors is organized in 4 “gift areas”: creative crafts, food & bio, arts & music, books. Among the news of this year, the authors will sign the copies of their gifts, workshops for children, including one to build and astrolabe. On the ecological Sunday (December 17) a little gift will be given to those coming by bike or with a public transport ticket. [December 16 and 17, from 10 am to 9 pm].giorgia

Vintage and crafts also at the popular MercatoMonti, which doubles on two floors on some dates (December 2 -3, 7-8-9-10 and 17) and increases the opening days in the month of December. From year to year, the number of foreign visitors increases, also on the artists and exhibitors’ side: there will be craftsmen from Spain, Greece, UK and Portugal. Among our favorites, Giorgia tra le nuvole, mother and craftswoman, who uses her art to create magic clothes and accessories with stars and superpowers for the youngest. [In addition to the dates above, every day from December 16 to 24, from 10 am to 8 pm)


Only one date for Natalino Lanificio Christmas Market, 13 hours, with over 100 exhibitors of tailor made clothes, furniture, embroidery, toys, leather bags or fabric purses, small jewelry, creative accessories, flowers, Christmas decorations, comics and rare books. There will also be free workshops for children (Christmas decorations and gift boxes with recycled papers) and adults (Furoshiki wrap technique, dream catchers creation). Last but not least, a dee jay set, live band karaoke, street food and traditional Christmas movies.  Free entrance for children, 1€ for others. [December 10,  from 11 am to 12 pm]

This year again, under the porches of the popular food hall, Eataly’s Artists market, organized by Faenas Factory association, will host some “good old friends” of ours, as the pottery artist Sara Kirschen and Sara for Artesania Kimi with her hoods, gloves and bags.  [December 1-2-3, 8-9-10, 12-13, 15-16-17, 19-20, 22-23-24, from 10 am to 9pm]

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