Christmas in Milan, the Events Not to Be Missed from 1 December to 6 January

Christmas in Milan, the Events Not to Be Missed from 1 December to 6 January

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are a special time to visit Milan. From the beginning of December the city lights up with colorful lights, while the festivities follow one another at a dizzying pace. Hotel Galles has collected for you the best events for an unforgettable Christmas in Milan, or better a Super Christmas!

Our 4-star hotel in the center of Milan is ready to offer you the perfect stay. Treat yourself to a few hours of relaxation in the warmth of our wellness area and a special New Year’s Eve dinner in the panoramic restaurant La Terrazza. Not only that, until December 31 you can book your holiday in Milan at a discounted price with this promotion.

Christmas Markets in Milan 2019

Fans of Christmas markets will find in Milan a rich calendar of events. Amidst Santa Claus’ villages, decorated houses and skating rinks, fun is guaranteed for the whole family.

Il Sogno del Natale in Milan

Who said Santa lives in Lapland? From November 29 to January 6, the world’s most desired red man moves to the Ippodromo Snai in San Siro.

With an area of 30,000 square meters, the Village of Santa Claus in Milan promises to enchant young and old with its magical reconstruction. You can visit the Great Toy Factory, the Elf House and Santa’s House, but also buy gifts in the markets of the Elf Village and taste endless Christmas specialties.

Oh Bej! Oh Bej! fair at Castello Sforzesco

One of the most beloved appointments by the Milanese is the traditional fair of the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! on St Ambrose’s Day. The event officially kicks off the festivities in the city, with markets all around the perimeter of the Castello Sforzesco, from Piazza Castello to Viale Gadio and Piazza del Cannone.

This historic fair will be held this year from 5 to 8 December, with almost four hundred exhibitors: a perfect opportunity to toast to Christmas with a hot mulled wine.

Christmas Village in Piazza Duca d’Aosta

There will be plenty of fun also in Piazza Duca d’Aosta, in front of the Stazione Centrale. From 8 December to 6 January the Christmas village in collaboration with TIM will turn the station into a great show of music and colors.

Do not miss the TIM Zip Line to fly through the square from 14 meters high, the Skate Park and the Christmas Market, with many ideas for gifts, tastings and food trucks.

Christmas in Piazza Duomo

Walking in the Piazza Duomo during Christmas is a magical experience. Breath the the scent of cinnamon and roasted chestnuts and chase the flashing colours of the lights.

From 1 December, together with the Christmas lights, you will find the traditional markets in the square. However, for the lighting of the Christmas tree you will have to wait for December 6, with a great inaugural show. This year the tree in Milan will be eco-sustainable: thanks to the collaboration with Esselunga, in the heart of the square there will be an installation with light effects made with low energy consumption LEDs.

Equally stunning will be the Digital Christmas Tree Swarovski in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: more than 12 meters high, it will be embellished with 10,000 decorations, including 2,000 Christmas stars in Swarovski crystal.

Il Villaggio delle Meraviglie in the Indro Montanelli Gardens

From 30 November to 6 January, the appointment at the Giardini Indro Montanelli returns with the thirteenth edition of the Villaggio delle Meraviglie. The big event in Porta Venezia, a few steps from Hotel Galles, will bring markets, Christmas installations and a big skating rink.

Christmas events in Milan 2019

Not just Christmas markets and villages, Milan in December is a stage for all kinds of activities: fairs, exhibitions, theater shows, concerts and more.

Artigiano in Fiera

It is one of the most awaited events of the year: from November 30th to December 8th the Artigiano in Fiera will make thousands of visitors dream again at the stalls of Fieramilano in Rho. Over 3000 exhibition stands, 41 restaurants and 21 food squares are ready to seduce both the eyes and the palate with the best handicrafts from all over the world.

Great Opening Night 2019 at La Scala Theatre

Another symbolic event in December in Milan is the opening night of the opera season at the Teatro della Scala. On 7 December Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, directed by Riccardo Chailly, will be on stage.

Not everyone can afford a ticket for the premiere, but thanks to the initiative Prima Diffusa the power of the opera will spread throughout the city. There are 50 free events in Milan dedicated to the Tosca: do not miss the concert by Patti Smith at the ex Officine Ansaldo.

Netflix Christmas Tram

A Christmas tram? It is Netflix’s special initiative to celebrate the release of the animated movie Klaus. From 1 to 23 December, young and old will be able to board the special tram for a tour of the most beautiful places in Milan. The little ones can also write their own letter to be handed over to Klaus in person.

Christmas Shopping Experience in the Quadrilatero della Moda

More glittering than ever, the windows of the Quadrilatero della Moda are dressed up to invite you to a luxurious Christmas shopping experience. It happens in Montenapoleone, Verri, Sant’Andrea, Borgospesso, Bagutta and San Pietro all’Orto streets, where the big Christmas tree in Piazza Crocetta and the suggestive lights will make the atmosphere even more exclusive.

Vodafone Acqua Show at the Darsena in Milan

Water, light and music games will animate the Navigli of Milan during the Vodafone Acqua Show, with three shows a day from December 14th to January 6th. The illuminated water jets will rise up to 40 meters on the dock: a free show that will leave everyone speechless.

Milan New Year’s Eve for Future

And how can we miss the Milan New Year’s Eve celebrations? Also this year Piazza Duomo will host the traditional concert-event, but with a substantial novelty.

Milan New Year’s Eve for Future will be the first eco-sustainable celebration in Italy: among the guests already announced the band Lo Stato Sociale, while other names will be revealed in the coming days.


We are waiting for you to celebrate together the most special moment of the year: experience the magic of Christmas in Milan with Hotel Galles.