Weekend in Rome: the 16 events not to be missed on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January

Weekend of January 7th and 8th, the one that binds to the Epiphany, offering one last long weekend of celebration, before returning to routine.

Two days in which many Christmas events will come to an end, in which the large villages will greet the Romans making an appointment for next year, but also a Saturday and Sunday full of music, theater and exhibitions not to be missed.

What to do on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January in Rome? Here are RomaToday’s tips:

Christmas World

Last weekend of “Christmas World” at Villa Borghese. The Christmas event that animated Villa Borghese throughout the holiday season offers a closing weekend full of fun and magic. A skating rink, the toy factory and many live shows await you. Visiting Christmas World, it will be possible to walk in the heart of Berlin under the Brandenburg Gate; get lost in the London market with a view of Big Ben; let yourself be fascinated by the magic of Paris and the lights of the Eiffel Tower; get lost in charming Tokyo; and in an instant land in New York, to whirl on the ice runway of Rockefeller Center. The inevitable destination is the North Pole with Santa’s house, recreated by skilled set designers with a touch of originality. So bring an umbrella, but don’t miss the magic of Christmas in the World. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

The Epiphany weekend at Cinecittà World

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January will be the closing weekend of the 2022 Cinecittà World season. In fact, these days in January are the last days to plan a visit to the Cinema and TV amusement park in Rome. During the long weekend of the Epiphany, the three kings will arrive in the Nativity scene of the Cinema of Cinecittà World where it is possible to contemplate Jesus in the midst of the superheroes and the characters of the cinema: “Christ alpha and omega of the Universe, there was before the dinosaurs and there will be after the robots”. The Befana can be celebrated in the evocative American setting of ‘Gangs of New York’ among thousands of lights, themed shows, musicals, Christmas shows and 40 attractions. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Enchantment of Lights

Last weekend also to enjoy the magical light show at the Botanical Garden. The light art exhibition “Incanto di Luci”, in fact, will end on Sunday 8 January. An enchanted world, framed by the Eternal City, simultaneously with 18 other foreign locations, such as Paris, Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden and Windsor. Artistic works of the famous light designer Andreas Boehlke, made suggestive by the melodies of the composer and sound designer Burkhard Fincke: with their interventions and the support of talented landscapers, the two have created a magical path that extends for a kilometer and a half, immersed in the most splendid nature. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Real Bodies Leonardo’s Anatomy Exhibition

“Real Bodies Leonardo’s Anatomy Exhibition” is the exhibition-homage to the genius and his immense intellectual curiosity, which opened in Rome last December 26th. Visiting it you can admire the works that reproduce the anatomical studies that Leonardo da Vinci carried out on the basis of his personal experience in the field of autopsy practices: thus The famous Vitruvian Man and an incredible Embryological Study take shape revealing the very high level of anatomical knowledge and the extreme precision in drawing that Leonardo achieved. Walking through the sections of the exhibition, the viewer will be able to get to know and get to the heart of the studies that the great Florentine genius carried out and which were the backbone of his scientific and artistic production. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Cats, the musical

Last weekend of Cats, the musical signed by Massimo Romeo Piparo at the Sistina Theater. A title that changed the history of this kind of show, with music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Nobel Prize winner TS Eliot, will be set for the first time in the world in Rome, in a hypothetical and futuristic “dump” of works by art, of archaeological finds, with the Colosseum in the background. Starring Malika Ayane as Grizabella. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Le Cirque WTP, the best artists of the contemporary circus

For the first time ever, the best artists in the world of the contemporary circus will arrive in Rome from 4 to 8 January. “Le Cirque World’s Top Performers” will be protagonists at the Palazzo dello Sport in the Christmas Gala version with the Alis show. Tightrope walkers, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, singers and musicians will take turns on the stage for almost two hours of the show, taking spectators on a suggestive, imaginary, amazing journey, with an atmosphere inspired by 19th century fantastic literature and the novelist’s masterpiece Lewis Carroll. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

The cribs of San Gregorio Armeno

San Gregorio Armeno, the historic street that splits Naples in two and which lives all year round in the name of the eighteenth-century tradition of the crib, has landed for the entire Christmas period at the Da Vinci Park and, Sunday 8 December, will be the last day for visit it. The social promotion association “Le Botteghe di San Gregorio Armeno” has created a faithful reproduction of the most characteristic street of the Neapolitan capital inside the park. Such a faithful reproduction that it will be difficult not to think you are actually in San Gregorio Armeno. It will therefore be possible to stroll among the workshops of the master craftsmen who have been carrying on a unique tradition for five generations: that of the crib. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]


On 6 and 7 January Magolandia arrives at the Farnese Castle. An experience to immerse yourself in the Harry Potter saga. The event is organized by Urbi et Otium, in collaboration with Malastrana Eventi. A series of magical lessons and educational experiences inside the fantastic Farnese Castle on the outskirts of Rome. The day and experience of Magolandia is dedicated to both families and fans of the sagas set in magical and fantastic worlds. It will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 January and participation is expected in different shifts. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Christmas Village at the magical Castle of Santa Severa

Last Saturday and Sunday also to immerse yourself in the magical and joyful atmosphere of the Magic Castle of Santa Severa. The evocative castle on the sea, in fact, during the holidays has been transformed into a fairytale village to be discovered, between history, traditions and imagination, with activities suitable for all ages: shows, markets, culture, nature, typical products and then the House of Santa Claus, the Post Office, the Chocolate Factory, immersive spaces, extraordinary video mapping, all with free admission. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Riccardino III, the theater for children

“Riccardino III” is staged at the Teatro Studio Borgna in the Auditorium Parco della Musica, from 4 to 8 January 2023. A playful prequel set in London in 1450, suitable for children aged 4 to 11 and for everyone. The court of England is in turmoil for the approach of the Little Knight’s Joust, in which the young scions of the London nobility face off to contend for the title of young pretender to the crown. To contend for the coveted title three brothers of the York house: Edoardino Primo, hereditary prince; Giorgetto II, Duke of Clarence and Richard III, Earl of Gloucester. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Andrea Rivera in “Someone help me! (I didn’t tell you anything!)”

From Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 January, the OFF/OFF Theater welcomes Andrea Rivera for the first time, protagonist of his new show by Teatro Canzone, entitled “Someone help me! (I didn’t tell you anything!)”. The last satirical and tragicomic text in which Rivera plays a middle-aged man in confrontation with his psychiatrist, with a script that changes every night, depending on the interlocutors to whom the actor and author is addressing. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Rapunzel, the musical at the Brancaccio Theater

The second edition of Rapunzel at the Brancaccio Theater closes on Sunday 8 January. Rapunzel is the all-Italian musical, written by a group of authors directed by Maurizio Colombi, a version of the famous fairy tale by the Grimm brothers which is reworked by transforming Gothel, Grethel’s sister and Rapunzel’s stepmother, into the main protagonist and transposing the whole work into musical genre. To interpret the wicked Gothel, shrewd and charming stepmother of Rapunzel, is Lorella Cuccarini. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

The Feast of the Epiphany in Ostia

The Festa della Befana in Ostia lasts until 8 January. The event, organized by the “Traditions of Italy” Association, will take place in Piazza Anco Marzio. “Spectacular Befane” will perform from 12 to 16 together with special chimney sweeps for a lively Epiphany dedicated to entertainment. To animate Ostia on the occasion of the Epiphany, there will also be stilt walkers, Hula Hoop dancers, creators of balloon sculptures that will cheer up young and old. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

The exhibition of the 100 Cribs

Sunday 8 January is the last day to visit the fifth edition of the exhibition “100 Cribs in the Vatican”. The international exhibition of crib art, promoted by the Section for the Fundamental Questions of Evangelization in the World of the Dicastery for Evangelization is located under the left colonnade of St. Peter’s Square and can be visited by all, with free admission and without reservation. This year the exhibition will also host cribs from Taiwan, Malta, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, Venezuela, Guatemala. Admission is free and without reservation. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Theatrical show for children “A night with the Befana”

Sunday 8 January, at 11.30, at the Abarico theater via dei Sabelli, 116 (San Lorenzo area) the children’s theater show “A night with the witch” will be staged by the Bolle Spaziali company with Tina Angrisani, Giulia Balbi, Jano Di Gennaro and Alessia Sorvillo. The peculiarity of this show is to combine the narration with the scenic representation and above all there will be the participation and interaction with the children of the public who will find themselves part of the story. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

Cinebimbicittà Christmas Special – The Professions of Cinema

Saturday 7 January, at the Cinecittà Studios, the appointment is with “Cinebimbicittà Christmas Special – The Crafts of Cinema”. The experience will start from the screening of the animated short Dante, created by the students of IED Rome for Cinecittà si Mostra, dedicated to scenography and set in the Cinecittà studios. The short film will be the starting point for immersing yourself in an atmosphere suspended between dream and reality and discovering the fascinating work behind the making of a film. The workshop is dedicated to children aged 5 to 12. [TUTTE LE INFORMAZIONI]

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Weekend in Rome: the 16 events not to be missed on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January

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