Christmas markets are one of the most popular aspects of the holiday season. The lights, the wooden houses, the scent of sweets and mulled wine warm the air and even the coldest heart.
Widespread in many cities in northern Italy, the opening of the Christmas Markets marks the beginning of the advent. They are in fact one of the most evocative places to start the gift hunt. In the markets you will find: Christmas decorations, regional gastronomic or craft products, souvenirs and small gift items.
But also fast catering that offers mulled wine, sandwiches, sausages and sweets typical of Italian and European tradition.
Christmas in Milan, the best things to visit
Christmas Market The Artisan at the Fair
Where: Rho Fair
When: from 2 to 10 December from 10.00 to 22.30 (free admission)
This fair is an unmissable opportunity to get around the world through international craftsmanship. More than 3000 stands of artisans from all regions of Italy and from all continents await you.
Why we love it: to get around the whole world in one day.
Oh Bej! Oh Bej! fair
Where: Piazza del Castello in Milan
When: from 7 to 10 December 2018 from 8:30 to 21:00 (free admission)
The oldest Christmas market in Milan, until 2005 took place around the central square of Sant’Ambrogio and in the adjacent streets.
With over 370 exhibitors, you will find secondhand dealer, florists, artisans, wrought iron masters and booksellers.
Among the delicacies of the Ambrosian tradition you will find: pancakes, roasted chestnuts, cotton candy, corncobs and the inevitable firunatt (smoked chestnut steaks typical of the Milanese tradition).
Because we love it: it is the forefather of Milan’s markets, how can we not love it?
The Christmas Markets in Piazza Duomo
Where: Piazza Duomo
When: from 9 December to 6 January 2019 from 9:00 to 21:30
The square behind the Duomo, between Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Via Arcivescovado, houses a hundred wooden houses where you can find Christmas decorations, delicacies and Italian regional gastronomic products.
Why we love it: The market also contributes to the restoration of the spiers of the Cathedral.
Christmas Market Green Christmas
When: 16 and 17 December 2018 from 10.00 to 19.00
Where: Napoleonic Foundry (Isola district)
In the heart of the old Isola district, two days of stalls and events dedicated to a sustainable and ecological Christmas. You will find eco-fashion clothing, bio-ecological design items and natural cosmetic products with workshops and conferences that promote a “zero impact” lifestyle.
Why we love it: besides being green, the flea market is located in the evocative Napoleonic Eugenia Foundry, (where the bells of San Marco in Venice and the gates of the Duomo of Milan have been shaped).
Here’s a list of other Milan christmas market and christmas events:
|Villaggio delle Meraviglie||Christmas Village||Giardini pubblici Indro Montanelli||02/12 – 07/01|
|Oh Bej! Oh Bej!||Christmas market||Piazza del Castello||07/12 – 10/12|
|Artigianato in Fiera||Christmas market||Rho||02/12 – 10/12|
|Green Christmas||Christmas market||Fonderia Napoleonica (quartiere Isola)||16/12 – 17/12|
|Mercatini all’ombra del Duomo||Christmas market||Piazza Duomo||09/12 – 06/01|
|Mercatino del gusto||Christmas market||City Life (Piazza Elsa Morante)||03/12 – 24/12|
|Carrousel Streat Market||Christmas market||Cascina Cuccagna||18/12|
|Lekker Market||Christmas market||Piazza XXIV maggio||20/12 – 22/12|
|Alter Bej||Christmas market||Cavalcavia Bussa- FS MM Garibaldi||06/12 – 09/12|
|Babbo Running||non competitive 5 km run||Piazza del Cannone||15/12|
|Garabombo – mercato del commercio equo solidale||Christmas market||M1 Pagano||03/11 -6/01|
|Botteghe sotto i grattacieli||Christmas market||Quartiere Isola -Via Revel e via Boltraffio||20/12|
|Lekker Market Xmas edition||Christmas market||(piazza Diaz e via Marconi)||20/12-22/12|
|Mercatino di Natale dell’artigianato artistico italiano||Christmas market||(Palazzo Giureconsulti)||18/12-20/12|
|Darsena Christmas Village||Christmas Village||Darsena, piazza XXIV maggio||6/12 -06/01|