One of the questions we get most is “When is it good to visit Milan?” so here is the list of the very best things going on. Remember to check out our calendar for the exact dates, as they can vary a bit from year to year.
Milano Design Week/Fuorisalone – one week in April. A week with very lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and cocktail parties combined with the up-and-coming designers’ bid on what the future will look like.
Piano City – 3 days during the penultimate weekend of May. There is piano music everywhere with lots of fantastic free concerts in the city’s parks, squares and several of Milan’s beautiful courtyards. The concerts go on 24 hours a day and the city teems with life and people.
Scala Filarmonici plays a free concerts on Piazza Duomo – the second Sunday of June with a speciel guest perfomance – this is a speciel and magical evening where thousands og Milanese of all ages fill up Piazza Duomo for a very speciel night.
Estate Sforzesca – from the beginning of June to the end of August there is entertainment almost every night in the central courtyard of Castello Sforzesco of theater, dance or music, a wonderful way to spend the summer evenings with the locals. Bear in mind that July and August are the hottest months in Milan and when we say hot we means sweltering; temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius and they don’t go down much at night
TRI.P. at Triennale di Milano – an experrimental music festival in June/July with some of contemporary music’s most exciting names.
MITO September Music – a festival which every year focuses on a theme and offers performances in both Milan and Turin for 20 days in the beginning of September.
JazzMi – Milano jazz festival the first two weeks of November november. Some of the world’s finest jazz musicians come to Milan to play..
Artigiani in Fiera – Enormous Christmas market at Milan’s fair during the first week of December, actually the atmosphere in Milan during the month of December is wonderful with lots of ice skating rinks and Christmas markets. Read more about them hereand here.
Opening Night at La Scala theater– the new season at Teatro della Scala starts with an opera on December 7th remember that if you want to experience this very speciel night, you have to book your tickets a long time in advance. You canfind the links in our events calendar.
Milan Fashion Week – February and September, the city is hectic during this week with cocktail parties and many other things.
Sales in Milan – July/August and January/February for the exact dates check our shopping guide.
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.
Artigiano in Fiera – Artisanal Fair
November 30th-December 8th from 10 am-10 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.
Fiera degli Obej Obej
December 6th-9th 10 am.-8 pm 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.
Il Sogno del Natale – The Dream of Christmas
November 22nd-December 30th 10 am-9 pm Italy’s largest Christmas Village, theme park and Christmas market with crafts at the Ippodromo San Siro at 16, Piazzale dello Sport (find on map).
Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie
November 30th-January 6th 10 am-9 pm “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. There is an admissions fee, buy your tickets here.
The events below are more or less the same every year only the dates change and we will update asap.
Milan’s Christmas tree
December 6th-January 6th the traditional Milanese Christmas tree can be admired in Piazza Duomo (find on map) this year. The tree will be lit on December 5th 6-9pm.
Advent Calendar in Piazza Duomo – Waiting for Magic
December 1st-24th the story of a reindeer walking through Milan will be told on a maxi screeen on the Palazzo dei Portici Meridionali (situated on your right when you face the cathedral) on Piazza Duomo (find on map) every night there will be three performances with the first one at 6.30 pm. Each episode lasts 6 minutes.
Free visit to Milan’s municipal Palace and painting
December 1st-January 13th 9.30 am-8 pm (last admission is at 7.30 pm) there is a free exhibit of Pietro Perugino’s painting L’adorazione dei Magi from 1472 at Palazzo Marino on Piazza Scala (find on map) as Milan municipality’s gift to all the city’s resodents and guests.
Christmas market in Piazza Duomo
November 25th–January 10th 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..
Gae Aulenti Christmas Village
December 1st-January 6th 10 am-10 pm Gae Aulenti Xmas Village with, among other things, food, stalls with handmade Christmas gifts and a skating rink in Piazza Gae Aulenti (find on map).
December 8th-9th 11 am-9 pm Wunder MRKT Christmas edition at Fabbrica Orobia 15, 15, Via Orobia (find on map) a Christmas market in the name of eccentricity, the perfect place for those who are looking for beautiful and original gifts.
December 2nd 10.30 am-8.30 pm Wunder Mrkt at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,
PopCorn Garage Market
December 15th-16th 10.30 am-8.30 pm PopCorn Garage Market at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,
December 15th-16th (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).
Rainbow Christmas Market
December 15th 2 pm-9 pm Rainbow Christmas Market in Largo Fra’ Paolo Bellintani (find on map).
December 1st-2nd 10 am-8 pm at Torneria Tortona at 32, Via Tortona (find on map) – 2 days of handcrafted clothes, jewellery, home decor and much more, just the place to find Christmas gifts for friends and family.
December 22nd-23rd 10.30 am-8.30 pm Flug Market at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map) – you can still get that one present you haven’t found yet at this last minute market.
December 8th-9th 10.30 am-9 pm Flug market at BASE Milano at 34, Via Bergogne (find on map).
December 1st-2nd 11 am-7 pm Let’s vintage at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map),
December 15th noon-10 pm -December 16th 10 am-9 pm – Frida Market at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map),
Christmas in the Cloister 2018
December 1st-2nd 10.30 am-6 pm a market with high quality artisanal goods and gastronomic products in the cloister of the Museo Diocesano (find on map) this also gives you the chance to see the famous painting by Paolo Veronesi L’Adoraziond dei Magi (1573) which will remain exhibited inside the museum itself until December 20th
Salumeria del Design
December 16th 10 am-7 pm Le Pulci Pettinate Christmas Edition (the combed fleas) at Salumeria del Design in Via Stazio (find on map).
December 16th 10 a.m.-9 p.m. East Market in 84, Via Mecenate (find on map). Lots of bargain with the motto Buy, Sell, Swap.
Darsena Christmas Village
December 6h-January 6th 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 and an ice skating rink. Throughout the period there will be markets, cultural events, fireworks, light shows and many other events.
December 22nd 8 pm and 23rd 3 pm there is Christmas Concert at Teatro alla Scala program and tickets here.
December 20th 7.30 p.m. free Christmas concert in Milan’s cathedral Duomo di Milano (find on map) with music by Bettarini, Cherubini and Schubert amongst others. The doors open at 7 and we advise you to come well ahead of that time as the church is going to fill up quickly.
December 22nd 7 pm Christmas Concert on the Water, opera on the Milanese Canals where tenor Alessandro Veletta will perform on a gondola sailing around the Navigli, you can follow it ont on one of the many small boats available at the Canottieri San Cristofero where the concert starts (find on map)
Christmas at Bagni Misteriosi
December 2nd-January 27th 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 (closed on Tuesdays) and at weekends and on holidays 10.30 am-7.30 pm. Admission is €3.50 and you can rent both skates and helmets at €10 an hour.