- Insider tip no. 15: weekly open air markets in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 9: Milan bike tour rentals and bike sharing
- BikeMI – try out Milan’s city bikes for both grown-ups and kids
- Insider tip no. 2: good apps for your trip to Milan.
- Go on day trips from Milan.
- Insider tip no. 14: brunch in Milan.
- Quick guide: hotels, apartments and other places to stay in Milan.
- Take a cooking course in Milan with the Italians.
- Milan in one day – the best shopping route with a shot of culture (Brera)
- Flea Markets in Milan: Go hunting among Italian knickknacks and antiques.
- Insider tip no. 5: aperitivo in Milan.
- Good restaurants in Milan,
- Appsolutelymilano’s Instagram hashtags.
- Milan with children
- Insider tip no. 8: 360° view over Milan.
- Milan by night,
- Public transport – from the airport and round in Milan.
- Art and museums in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 3: cheap coffee, ice coffee and hot chocolate in Milan.
- ATMosfera – dinner on the tram.
- Insider tip no. 12: classic sightseeing in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 4: open WiFi Milano and public chargers for your smart devices.
- Gallery tickets for La Scala and a visit to Casa Verdi.
- New York Times: Milan is the city to visit in 2015 (and still is).
- Insider tip no. 1: beauty in Milan.
- When in Milan drink locally, DOCG wines from Lombardy.
- Shopping guide: the 6 areas in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 10: outlets near Milan.
- Buisness services in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 6: Christmas markets 2017, the L’Artigiano in Fiera fair and other Christmas events in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 7: New Year’s 2017 in Milan.
- Insider tip no. 11: do you need to get cooled down?
- Insider tip no. 13: Ferragosto (August 15th) 2017 in Milan.
In Milan the beginning of December is rich on Christmas markets and the grand Artisan Fair and if you want to get some different Christmas presents you should definitely visit them. December 7th and 8th are religious holidays in Milan but all shops are open.
The first is the huge Fair for artisans from all over Italy and the world, it is held at the Fair in Rho (find on map) and takes place from December 2nd-10th from 10 am-10.30 pm. Here you can buy beautiful handmade Christmas gifts and taste culinary specialties from Italy and the rest of the world. Be prepared for crowds and if you possibly can go during the week not at weekends. You are going to need more than one trip if you want to see everything.
December 4th 11 am-9 pm Frida Market at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map), from 5-9 pm there will be live music and DJ set.
Then there is the traditional market Fiera degli Obej Obej which dates all he way back to 1288 and is always held on the days around December 7th where the Milanese celebrate their patron saint Sant’Ambrogio on December 7th – the day before the national holiday for the Immaculate Conception. This year the market is held on December 7th-10th 8a,m.-8 p.m. in Piazza Castello (find on map). The atmosphere is wonderful and there are lots of local specialties to taste like vin brulè (mulled wine) and chestnuts.The name Obej Obej originates according to tradition from the exclamations of the Milanese children “Obej, Obej” (dialect for oh belli,oh belli which means “How pretty!”) when they saw the gifts Pope Pio IV’s emissary brought to the city of Milan in 1510.
December 9th–January 6th Christmas market on Piazza Duomo (find on map) with crafts and gastronomic specialties from all over Italy. The market is open every day from 9 a.m.-9 p.m..
December 7th-January 6th the traditional Milanese Christmas tree can be admired in Piazza Duomo (find on map) this year.
December 2nd-January 7th “Il villaggio delle meraviglie” in the Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli (find on map) for the youngest, there are rides, meetings with Santa (starting December 6th) and an Ice skating rink, where you can rent skates. Open every day from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. but the rides open at 3 p.m.
December 16th-17th (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) Green Christmas eco Christmas market with jewellery,clothes amd things for your home at Fonderia Napoleonica di Milano at 21, Via Thaon de Revl (find on map).
The events above this line have been updated for 2017.
Until February 12th (10 a.m.-midnight every day) there is a skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map). It costs €8 per hour..and you can rent skates.
December 2nd-January 8th there is also a skaing rinkand small market in Piazza del Liberty (find on map).
December 1st-24th there will once again be a musical advent calendar; every day during the period at 6 p.m. a window wil open in the municipal hall (situated on your right when you face the cathedral) on Piazza Duomo (find on map) and a piece of music will be played.
December 10th (2 p.m.-8 p.m). and 11th (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) Christmas market “Le Pulci Pettinate” (The combed fleas) in Magazzino76 in 76, Via Padova (find on map).
December 17th 10 a.m.-midnight Rainbow Christmas Market in the area between Corso Buenos Aires (find on map) against discrimination, lots of stands and Christmas gift ideas.
On December 18th 9 a.m.-6 p.m. there is the Shops under the skyscrapers Christmas market in the Isola area where you can find both vintage and hot new design. It is held in Via Revel and Via Bors
December 7h-January 8th Monday-Friday 3-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Darsena Christmas Village (find on map) this is not a market but a big Theme Park with a Christmas tree on the water Santa’s house and Santa’s floating sleigh. Throughout the period there will be markets, cultural events, fireworks, light shows and many other events.
December 7th-24th 10 a.m.-7 p.m. XMAS Market 2016 in Via delle Ore (find on map).
December 17th -18th 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wunder MRKT Christmas edition in 21/23, at BASE Milano, 34, Via Bergogonone (find on map) a Christmas market in the name of eccentricity, the perfect place for those who are looking for original gifts.
December 20th 8.30 p.m. free Christmas concert in Milan’s cathedral Duomo di Milano (find on map) with “I solisti Veneti” who will be playing Vivaldi and Mozart.