December in Milan brings to the city an incredibly magical Christmas atmosphere, every day it is more and more felt in the city. Christmas fairs held on the eve of winter holidays, musical performances and concerts, exhibitions and other New Year’s events please residents and guests of Milan. I suggest you make an overview of the most interesting events in Milan in the pre-Christmas holidays.
Christmas holidays in Milan. Fairs, festivals and concerts in December
Christmas Shopping Experience
The famous “fashion square” is ready to celebrate the Christmas holidays in all its glory. Until January 7, 2019, the most expensive shopping streets of the city will be decorated with bright jewelry and garlands. The eighth Christmas Shopping Experience, organized by the Montenapoleone District, will take place.
Oh Bej Fair! Oh bej! From 6 to 9 December 2018
The most popular Oh Bej fair! Oh bej! I just have to scratch every Milanese.
This traditional fair has been attracting thousands of people for over 500 years. Here you can taste traditional sweet doughnuts and lollipops, cheeses and salami, tinctures and wines, buy handmade goods and much more.
Daily from 8:30 to 21:00 at Oh Bej! Oh bej! You can buy gifts and souvenirs, handicrafts and New Year’s decorations. About 379 exhibitors will create a true atmosphere of a traditional historical exhibition. I’m sure you’ll find presents for your family and friends here.
Where: PIAZZA CASTELLO – VIA GADIO – PIAZZA DEL CANNONEWhen
: daily from 6 to 9 December from 08.30 to 21.00
Admission is free
The largest fair from 1 to 9 December 2018.
Every year, Milan is visited by the largest trade fair L’artigiano in Fiera, dedicated to craft production. In 2018, the fair will be held in Milan (Rho-Fiera) from 1 to 9 December. During 9 days everyone will be able to become a participant of the grandiose event absolutely free of charge. There are many new products to offer, from restaurants to musical performances, from cooking schools to handicraft courses.
Ежедневно с 10.00 до 22.00 посетителям будут представлены около 3250 выставочных стендов с около 15 миллионами изделий из 112 стран мира.
Where: METRO LINEA 1 ROSSA – FERMATA RHO FIERA mesro stationWhen
: from 1 to 9 December 2018 from 10.00 to 22.00
Panetton tasting of “Guinness World Records” on December 16
Ready to try the biggest Christmas panetton pie? On December 16 at 17:00 in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II there will be a free tasting of the biggest panetton in the world by Davide Comaschi. Learn more about Milan’s most popular Christmas dessert in the article: The Legend of the Origin of Milan Panetton.
Mercatini di Natale on Duomo Square from 25 November to 10 January
Among the Christmas fairs most visited in Milan are Mercatini di Natale in Piazza Duomo, which this year will be held until January 10, 2019.
From 1 December to 6 January
Giardini Indro Montanelli on Porta Venezia returns to the Wonderland Village “Villaggio delle Meraviglie” with the house of Santa Claus and Befana, as well as the ice rink and Christmas markets.
Together with Santa Claus in Italy is famous for such a mythological character as Befana, a kind witch in a pointed hat with a broom, whose day is celebrated in Italy on January 5. On this day, children receive gifts from her in hanging socks: either sweets or coal, depending on how the child behaved in the year.
Lighting the main tree in Duomo Square
The main tree of Milan will be ready to light its lights on the main square of Piazza Duomo on December 5, 2018 at 18:15. Don’t miss this colorful event.
The skating rink on Piazza Gae Aulenti
In Piazza Gae Aulenti you can skate on one of the most photographed skating rinks in the city. The 600 square meter skating rink will be open until February 17, 2019. Skate rental for an hour 8 euros, for two 10 euros.
Working hours: from 10:00 to 00:00, on Saturdays to 01:00
The live broadcast of La Prima della Scala can be seen and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II on December 7th. The La Scala Theatre opens a new season with Attila Giuseppe Verdi under the direction of Riccardo Chailly and Davide Livermore.
This year’s Milanese residents and guests will be surprised by an unusual surprise!
From 1 to 24 December 2016, everyone can witness a live musical performance on the main square in Milan free of charge. Every day, at sunset in Piazza del Duomo, the windows of the palazzo di Portici Meridionali will be used for Christmas.
The traditional free Concerto di Natale in Duomo will take place on 20 December with the participation of the choir and music ensemble.
Exhibitions in Milan before Christmas:
In Palazzo Marino n during the whole pre-Christmas period you can visit the masterpiece of l’Adorazione dei Magi Pietro Vannucci (Perugino) for free. From Umbria to Milan, they’ll take you to the Werthep exposition. Visit free of charge.