Visiting Milan in December

Visiting Milan in December

Italy in December is great. While each Italian city has a lot to offer during the holidays, Milan is very special.

The elegant northern city is the best place to spend the Christmas holidays. There are so many amazing events happening in Milan in December. Here is a list of some of the most famous events in Milan held in December.

  • O bej O bej market. Milan’s traditional Christmas market, the O Bej O Bej is held on the feast day of the city’s patron Saint, Saint Ambrogio. Once held in piazza Sant’Ambrogio it has grown so large that it has recently been moved in front of the Castello Sforzesco. This is a firm Milan tradition and the name of the festival comes from the Milanese dialect used by the children when they saw the market, meaning “Oh beautiful, oh beautiful!”
  • La Scala Opening Night – 7 December. Milan’s most famous theater, La Scala is a historic gem located in the center of the city. The opening night at La Scala is held on December 7. This is the most highly valued and deeply-felt society event in Milan and beyond. Even if you don’t go, take a walk near the entrance to see the celebrities in fashion, politics and show business arrive for the Premiere.
  • Fasta Degli Artigiani – until 8 December. The largest international fair dedicated to craft and art, the indoor Festa degli Artigianifills offer 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. Free to attend, it could be just the solution to your Christmas shopping.
  • Duomo Christmas Tree and Galleria Nights. Any visit to Milan requires a stop at the massively impressive Duomo. Visit the city’s number one cathedral to see it all dressed up for Christmas, with its annual Christmas tree decorating the piazza. Then head to the neighboring Galleria, Milan’s oldest shopping mall, to see it in lights. Christmas lights and storefront decorations give the historic center a festive atmosphere and an even more beautiful glow.
  • New Year’s Eve in Lugano. Actually, Lugano is in Switzerland, but it’s not as far as it sounds. Approximately an hour north of Milan by highway, the city is easily accessible by car, train or even bus. The New Year’s Eve festivities begin in Piazza della Riforma around 11 pm with people dancing, singing and celebrating before the New Year. Bringing together tourists and locals alike in a massive New Year’s celebration, there is also a light and picture show and music throughout the night.

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