Probably one of the first Christian festivals, celebrating the birth of Jesus.
The streets of Rome are decorated with Christmas lights already one or two months before the big day. Shops put up their decorations, the city fills up with market stalls. In recent years ice rinks have been installed in Villa Borghese, Castel S.Angelo, Piazza Re di Roma and the Auditorium (Flaminio district). Christmas is an opportunity for families to unite. Celebrations begin on Christmas Eve, on the 25th families come together again for lunch. This is when people gorge themselves: typical Italian festive sweets – pandoro, panettone, nougat – adorn the table until late evening. Traditionally families play bingo and card games. There are numerous concerts and events in theatres and on the streets. On the 25th the shops are closed, while public transport services are running.