I like a lot this period because of the atmosphere. In these days I had the chance to see a bit of Christmas in Milan. In the city for some business I went around the centre. 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 the 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.
The Duomo square for the Christmas in Milan
I started my tour in front of Duomo, where the traditional Christmas tree is reminding to 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 the Christmas in Milan. Sellers from Italy and from abroad comes 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.
The beauty of Christmas in Milan
During this period the luxury shops shows all their creativity with windows and decorations. The Christmas in Milan is combining the tradition with the innovation to realize an international setting. The fashion district is surely one of the best attractions for tourists and locals all the year. But in this period it is even more popular. Visitors comes in the city only to see windows and shop entrances with the decorations. Some brands are using the same setting each year, meanwhile other are going to use something new.
The Christmas in Milan is not poor, at least for luxury shops, becuase around the main streets nothing change for Xmas period. There are no decorations and lights. Maybe because everything is related to the shopping. Anyway there are no doubts. Milan during Christmas deserve a visit. If you have the chance to plan a trip to see the city, do it in December, after 7th. Why? Because on that date Milan celebrate its patron, Sant’Ambrogio. It starts the celebration with the events. Included the ignition of the Christmas tree in Duomo square.
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 the traditional music all around to entertain the tourists and the buyers. The market for the Christmas in Milan will be open until 6th January. The atmosphere looks so magic and suggestive. The products are exposed in a huge variety. They select according to quality 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), to 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 really lovely. It doesn’t matter if you like shopping or not, but the city deserve a visit in this period.
To go around looks like to explore the people dreams, because close to the lights and to 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.