I like a lot this period because of the atmosphere. These days I had the chance to see a bit of Christmas in Milan. In the city for some business, I went around the center. I saw trees, decorations around the main attractions of the city, starting from Piazza Duomo. It is nice to watch Xmas decorations and people searching for gifts. Of course, I was going to do my shopping as well, but only a bit. For the last gifts. The lights outside the shops and over the streets give a lovely image of the city. Even if not all the roads are decorated.
In the post, I added some images from last year’s lights and decorations. It is specified.
The Duomo square for Christmas in Milan
I started my tour in front of Duomo, where the traditional Christmas tree is reminding the people that the most liked celebration is coming. Around the cathedral, there are small wooden houses with a great variety of items. Food, craft objects, clothes, and much more. It is the market, typical of Christmas in Milan. Sellers from Italy and from abroad come to the capital of Lombardy to propose their products, included games for kids. There is also Father Christmas in a big house where kids can enter to ask for their gifts or wishes.
2019 Christmas Tree
2018 Christmas Tree
Duomo and the square
The beauty of Christmas in Milan
During this period the luxury shops show all their creativity with windows and decorations. Christmas in Milan is combining tradition with innovation to realize an international setting. The fashion district is surely one of the best attractions for tourists and locals all year. But in this period it is even more popular. Visitors come to the city only to see windows and shop entrances with decorations. Some brands are using the same setting each year, meanwhile, others are going to use something new.
Christmas in Milan is not poor, at least for luxury shops, because around the main streets nothing changes for the Xmas period. There are no decorations and lights. Maybe because everything is related to shopping. Anyway, there are no doubts. Milan during Christmas deserves a visit. If you have the chance to plan a trip to see the city, do it in December, after the 7th. Why? Because on that date Milan celebrates its patron, Sant’Ambrogio. It starts the celebration with the events. Included the ignition of the Christmas tree in Duomo square.
Dolce & Gabbana shop in 2019
Dolce & Gabbana shop in 2018
La Rinascente Mall
They dedicated this Christmas to Neapolitan crib. The windows and one of the floors are full of magnificent statues and artworks.
The Christmas market in Milan
Over 30 small log cabins located around the cathedral welcome the visitors. Under the green roofs, people can find any type of object for a special gift. Pipers play traditional music all around to entertain the tourists and buyers. The market for Christmas in Milan will be open until 6th January. The atmosphere looks so magic and suggestive. The products are exposed to a huge variety. They select according to the quality of each exhibitor. It is open from 9 in the morning to 10.30 in the evening. You can find curiosities and something for yourself or for the people you love.
Going around it is easy to get inspiration. What can you find there? From food, with products from different Italian regions (from truffles to cured meats to cheeses and sweets), top quality items. From traditional cribs to all kinds of tree decorations, through decorated porcelains and wooden toys. Plus some small and periodical events for kids. These types of markets are all around Europe, but I can confirm that Christmas in Milan is lovely. It doesn’t matter if you like shopping or not, but the city deserves a visit during this period.
To go around looks like to explore the people’s dreams, because of close to the lights and the decorations, there are people engaged with shopping. Or just people who are going around to admire Christmas in Milan. It is always so nice also to see kids in front of this type of setting.
Take a train or a plane and enjoy Christmas in Milan with its cool atmosphere. You can shop or not, but at least admire the vibrant city in one of the best periods of the year.
The last Christmas tree is at Marriott, inside the dining room.
4 thoughts on “Christmas in Milan: lights, shops and market”
Beautiful. I like Christmas lights too, it is very nice and welcoming.
I love to go around the cities during Christmas time for this reason 🙂
Amazing architecture! (of course)
Living in Los Angeles, those two words are pretty much NEVER together!
I have been to Los Angeles and I liked the modern architecture there, but of course, Europe and Italy have another style…