Christmas in Milan isn’t just beautiful—it’s the perfect place and season to get some shopping done! Being one of the world’s most renowned shopping destinations, Milan lights up during the holidays with miles of designer stores, unique boutiques and outdoor markets, making it the perfect destination for getting through your Christmas list. But even if you’re not the biggest shopping fan, there’s plenty to do and see, from midnight Mass at the Duomo to ringing in the New Year like a true Milanese.
Christmas in Milan is like any other Christmas in other places or country. But there’s some things that makes it extraordinary from others.
One is that, shopping in Milan during Christmas is truly #shoppinggoals because there are many designer stores along Via Monte Napoleone or Corso Buenos Aires, to admire the decked-out windows and browse the latest fashions. It’s a must have to go to the city because prices on clothes are from 15-75% discount as a way of saying Merry Christmas to shoppers.
But if you would like to see the beautiful view of the Duomo Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo, there’s a trail of Christmas to find great deals of items which are perfect for gifts or you can also buy one or two for yourself. Get lost in the thousands of stands at the Artigiano in Fiera, which takes place at the Rho Fiera Exhibition Center during the first 10 days of December
If you’re more into eating and not into shopping, no worries because the place has a lot to offer. There are many stalls where you can buy crepes, ice cream –or gelato as they call it there, and many more kinds of delicious street foods.
Christmas officially kicks off on December 7, better known as the local holiday that celebrates St. Ambrogio, Milan’s patron saint. The season always opens with the “O Bej, O Bej” Christmas market (which means “oh how nice!”). Every year, as they have for centuries, hundreds of stands set up in front of Castello Sforzesco, selling everything from local delicacies like panettone -a sweet Christmas bread, to handmade goods.
The elegant northern city is the best place to experience one of your most memorable Christmas. There are so many amazing events happening in Milan in December. Here are some!
La Scala is an opera house in Milan, Italy. The theater was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala (New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala). The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri’s Europo riconosciuta. La scala’s season traditionally opens on 7th of December, Saint Ambrose’s Day, the feast day of Milan’s patron saint. All performances must end before midnight, and long operas start earlier in the evening when necessary. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala)
Festa degli Artigiani
It is the largest international fair dedicated to craft and art, the indoor. It fills the pavilions at the Rho fair grounds with stands, companies and artisans from the entire world. The fair is divided into continents and then further divided by countries, displaying and promoting the creativity, art and culture of the individual nations through its products and food. It is free to attend so why not go and be amazed!
There are a lot more events to attend to during Christmas but these are only a few of them. Be aware of surprise concerts from local and international artists in the Piazza del Duomo, too!
Duomo Christmas Tree and Galleria Lights
Any visit to Milan requires a stop at the very impressive Duomo cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. After going or attending the events during Christmas season, make your way to the city’s numero uno cathedral to see it all dressed up for Christmas, with its annual Christmas tree decorating the piazza.Then go to Milan’s oldest shopping mall, Galleria, which is a neighbor to the Duomo cathedral, to see it in lights. Christmas lights and storefront decorations give the historic building a festive atmosphere and an even more beautiful glow!
Last year’s Christmas tree in front of the cathedral was sponsored by Pandora in the Galleria is sponsored by Swarovski.
As the sun goes down, the lights goes up. During Christmas season, people love to roam around Milan to see the colorful lights decorated in big or small churches, piazzas and even trams. Not only in the urban area that you can see or witness beautiful and grand decorations. Even in the rural areas make time to decorate storefronts and piazzas. It is even better to walk than to ride an autobus or your car so that you can appreciate the festive decorations around the place.
New Year in Milan
New year in Milan is the same as other place’s celebration. But if you want to celebrate it like a Milanese, just like during Christmas, Italians usually enjoy a multiple-course fish dinner with families and friends, followed by midnight mass. After which, you can go bar hopping around the city with your friends and probably, meet and befriend an Italian friend, or two!
There are a lot of bars in the city that offers packages that includes aperitivo, singing and dancing. Some of the most popular locales are Byblos, Gattopardo, and Milan’s designer-owned clubs, like Armani Privé and Just Cavalli.
The city also offers more budget-friendly celebrations like fireworks at Castello Sforzesco, parties outside at Piazza Duomo, and bars on the Navigli canals and around the nearby Colonne di San Lorenzo piazza.
Book your next December vacation in Milan and see and experience one the best Christmas in your life!