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.
November 27/th-28th Milan’s traditional Christmas Cake is celebrated during this weekend in 2 places: MIND – Milano Innovation District, 171, Via Cristina Belgioioso (find on map) this the old EXPO area and it can be reached withh the Metro (red line) you have to get off at Rho Fiera. The second event is hosted at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, 21, Via San Vittore (find on map) where you can taste and evaluate the very best Panettones from all of Italy.
Artigiano in Fiera – Artisanal Fair
December 4th-12th from 10 am-10 pm we have the huge Fair for artisans – also get your free mandatory pass at this link – from all over Italy and the world, it is held at the Fair in Rho (find on map). You can get beautiful handmade Christmas gifts and taste culinary specialties from Italy and the rest of the world. In order to get a free ticket you muat register on their website here, where you need to click on “Registrati” and write your email address and a password, you then get access and can order one free ticket on your chosen day.
December 5th-8th 8.30 am.-9 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 Villaggio delle Meraviglie
November 20th-January 9th 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.
Christmas market in Piazza Duomo
November 26th–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 11 am.-8 pm.
Milan’s Christmas tree
December 6th-January 6th the traditional Milanese Christmas tree can be admired in Piazza Duomo (find on map) this year is sponsored by Coca Cola. The lighting ceremony is on December 4th 6.15 pm.
Free visit to Milan’s municipal Palace and paintings
December 2nd-January 16th 9.30 am-8 pm (last admission is at 7.30 pm) there is a free exhibit of 4 paintings (by artists Lorenzo Lotto, Alessandro Bonvicino aka Il Moretto, Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo and Giovanni Battista Moroni) at Palazzo Marino on Piazza Scala (find on map) as Milan municipality’s gift to all the city’s resodents and guests.
December 11th-12th (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).
Le Pulci Pettinate – The Combed Fleas
December 19th 10 am-7 pm Christmas Market at Salumeria del Design in Via Stazio (find on map).
Christmas at Bagni Misteriosi
December 4th-January 16th 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 4.30-9.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays) and at weekends and on holidays 10.30 am-9.30 pm. Admission is €3.50 and you can rent both skates and helmets at €10 an hour.
Christmas in the Cloister 2021
December 11th-12th 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)
East Market Xmas Edition
December 14th 9.15 pm Christmas Concert in Santa Maria delle Grazie, Tchaikovsky and Grieg (find on map)
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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.
Vodafone Aqua Show
December 14th-January 6th at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm every day + an extra show at 9.30 pm on fridays, Saturdays and holidays a huge light, music and water show at the Darsena by the Navigli (find on map).
Christmas Village at the central station
December 8th-January 6th 5-11 pm (as of December 21st 11 am-11 pm),big Christmas village with stalls selling gifts, food and drinls, big light show projected onto the facade of the central station, ice skating rink/park with a large Christmas tree and a zip line that wheres you can fly at 140 meters above Piazza Duca D’Aosta in front of Milan’s central station (find on map).
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 7th-8th 10.30 am-9 pm Flug market at BASE Milano at 34, Via Bergogne (find on map).
December 14th-15th 10-30 am-8.30 pm Flug Market at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,
Make a Wish Christmas market with the art exhibit “Nulle è perduto”
December 14th-15th. 10.30 am-7.30 pm art exhibit by Milanese painter Paola Frangi with small and exclusive but beautiful Christmas market at 3, Via Privata Sartirana (find on map).
December 14th-15thd 12 noon-9 pm Christmas Market at Frida Isola, 3, Via Pollaiuolo (find on map),
PopCorn Garage Market
December 21st-22nd 10.30 am-7.30 pm PopCorn Garage Market Vol 28 Christmas Edition at Bagni Misteriosi (find on map). Admission is €3.50 because you also get access to the ice skating rink, games and bar,
December 12th 9 p.m. free Christmas concert in Milan’s cathedral Duomo di Milano (find on map) . 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 14th 6-9 pm Christmas concert with the chorus MakePlain conducted by tenor Alessandro Veletta at 122, Alzaia Naviglio Grande (find on map).
December 20th 6.30 BAM Winter Night, udendørs julekoncert med Vincent Bohanan og hans gospelkor Sound of Victory at BAM (the tree library next to Piazza Gae Aulenti) (find on map).
Procession of the Three Wise Men