Rome is a magical city to visit during the Christmas season. For Christians it can certainly be a wonderful spiritual journey, visiting the "mother church" of their faith or perhaps attending midnight mass at St. Peter's Basilica. But it is also a fun and beautiful season to see the holiday lights around the city, shop for holiday bargains, or experience special performances and concerts.
Even if you don't leave for Rome until after the New Year, you can still experience much of the Christmas magic in the city. Italians celebrate the Epiphany on January 6 almost more so than Christmas day as the time for gift giving and awaiting the arrival of "La Befana".
Let me take you on a brief tour of the things to see and do if you find yourself in Rome for Christmas.