This post will be updated towards mid-November 2018.
In December Milan 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.
December 2nd-10th from 10 am-10.30 pm we have 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. 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.
December 7th-10th 8a,m.-8 p.m. in Piazza Castello (find on map) 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 – the day before the national holiday for the Immaculate Conception. 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 5th-January 14th 9.30 am-8 pm (last admission is at 7.30 pm) there is a free exhibit of Tiziano’s painting La Sacra Conversazione from 1520 at Palazzo Marino on Piazza Scala (find on map) as Milan municipality’s gift to all the city’s resodents and guests.
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.
December 16th 10 am-6pm PopCorn Garage Market Christmas edition at Giardino delle Culture in Via Morosini (find on map).
December 16th-17th (10 am-7 pm) 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).
December 16th 10 am-9 pm Rainbow Christmas Market in the area around Via Lecco (find on map).
December 16th 10.30 am-6.30 pm and 23rd 10.30 am-6.30 pm Christmas market (on the 23rd with PopCorn Garage Market) at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €5 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,
December 23rd 5.30-11 pm Panettone is on the table – Christmas party with the traditional Milanese Christmas cake at Salumeria del Design at 18, Via Stazio (find on map).
December 9th-10th 11 am-9 pm Wunder MRKT Christmas edition at Cargo Milano, 39, Via Meucci (find on map) a Christmas market in the name of eccentricity, the perfect place for those who are looking for original gifts.’
December 13th 7.30 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.
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 Palazzo dei Portici Meriodinali (situated on your right when you face the cathedral) on Piazza Duomo (find on map) and a piece of jazz music will be played live.
December 17th 10 am-7 pm Le Pulci Pettinate Christmas Edition (the combed fleas) in Via Stazio (find on map).
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. Throughout the period there will be markets, cultural events, fireworks, light shows and many other events.
December 1st-January 7th 10 am-10 pm Gae Aulenti Xmas Village with, among other things, food, work shops for kids, music, rides, stalls with handmade Christmas gifts and a skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).
December 7th-January 28th there will be a floating skating rink at the Swimming pool Bagni Misteriosi at 18, Via Carlo Botta (find on map).On week days it will be open 4.30-7.30 pm and at weekends and on holidays 10.30 am-7.30 pm. Admission is €5 and you can rent both skates and helmets.
December 2nd-January 21st 10 am-midnight (open until 2 am on holidays) there is an ice skating rink and Christmas village in Piazza Beccaria (find on map).
December 1st-January 31st ice skating rink in Largo Beltami (find on map) right in front of Castello Sforzesco.
December 1st-January 28th 4-9.30 pm on weekdays and 11 am-9.30 pm on holidays ice skating rink in Piazza Città di Lombardia (find on map).