Updated for 2017 – contact us to add information about an event
Milan is a great place to visit before the Christmas holidays. The streets are festively decorated and the shop windows are more enticing than ever. Markets with handcrafted items, food and wine from all regions of Italy and special events are going on all over the city.
Christmas Tree Lighting in Piazza Duomo
Dec 7, 2017 Christmas tree
Sky Italia, the satellite television provider will be this year’s sponsor for the Christmas tree in Piazza Duomo which will stand from Dec 7, 2017 to January 6, 2018.
Christmas Markets and Food Markets in Milan
Dec 2, 2017 All Saints Church Christmas Market
Christmas decorations and crafts. New and second-hand books, second-hand clothing. All proceeds go toward the All Saints Church parish fund.Via Solferino 17 Milan, (MM Moscova)
Dec 7, 2017 Oh bej! Oh bej!
Dec 7th is St. Ambrogio day, the patron saint of Milan and marks the start of the Oh bej! Oh bej! Milan Christmas Festival and market. Oh bej! means ‘how beautiful!’ in the Milanese dialect, an well describes the toys, gifts, gadgets, handmade items as well as specialty foods and wines on sale at the market. You can find the Oh bej! Oh bej! market at Piazza Castello the week of Dec 7th.
Dec 16, 2017 Green Christmas
At Fonderia Napoleonica Eugenia, area Isola , browse through clothing eco-fashion , designer eco-friendly bio- products and bio- cosmetics to make people aware of a philosophy of life ” zero impact ” . Via Genova Giovanni Thaon Di Revel, 21, 20159 Milan, Italy – Tel.:+39 02 668 7738
Dec 16, 2017 Babbo Running – Run Santa Run!
Santa Claus is known as Babbo Natale, Babbo Running is the annual non -competitive 5K run. Come dressed as Santa Claus!
Giant Christmas Trees & Skating Rink, Events for Children
Dec 2, 2017 -Jan 7, 2018 Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie
At the Pubic Gardens – Giardini Publici there is Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie (The Village of Wonders) a market, children’s play and entertainment center and ice skating rink for all ages.
There is a giant tree at Piazza Duomo, also in Stazione Centrale.
In Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Swarovski usually has a an amazing Christmas display.
Concerts & Theatre
Dec 24, 2017 Harlem Gospel Voices at the Teatro Nuovo
Dec 7, 9 & 13, 2017 Children’s Theatre at the Teatro Nuovo there are Christmas themed shows
(check dates, times, prices at Theatre)
Dec 31, 2017 New Year Concert – Orchestra – at the Teatro Nuovo
Christmas Gift Shoping
For the consumer with more elaborate tastes, the shops in the city center are open longer hours as well as Saturday and Sunday during the Christmas period.
Rinascente Department store
Via Santa Radegonda, 3 20121 Milan (MM Duomo)
(will also be present Dec 2, 2017 All Saints Church Christmas Market, see above)
Religious and Cultural Events
The Last Supper
Visit Leonardo DaVinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper”. Skip the line and get priority tickets.
Discover Milan’s must-see attractions on this comprehensive small group walking tour. Your half-day walking tour includes skip-the-line viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting ‘The Last Supper’.