The Christmas markets in Milano are one of the most popular traditions and a favourite pastime as they offer the opportunity to browse for unique Christmas gifts, to taste some gastronomic specialities and to discover local artisan crafts from different regions.
The first of these Christmas markets is also the oldest; it’s the historic “Oh Bej! Oh Bej!” that winds around the walls of the Castello Sforzesco. This year it will be open from 6th to 9th December 2018, during the feast days of the city’s patron Sant'Ambrogio. And as the “Oh Bej! Oh Bej!” wraps up another great classic opens up, the Piazza Duomo Market with the charming Yuletide huts installed beneath the spires and the glittering Madonnina, held from 10th December to 6th January 2019 from 8:30 to midnight.
And one of the main Milanese Christmas Villages will also host typical festive stalls: from December 1st to January 6th the Christmas Village in Piazza Gae Aulenti will have a charming Christmas market along with an ice skating rink, fairground rides and Santa’s grotto.
This year the Darsena Christmas Village returns with the inevitable stalls flanked by an ice rink and a Christmas tree that stands out on the water surface, and the Christmas market of Piazza Duca D'Aosta, in front of the Central Station from December 4th to January 6th, 2019.
On Saturday, December 1st, in Piazzale Baracca, Piazza San Nazaro in Brolo and Piazza Santa Croce stalls will be set up to entice gift-hunters until January 6th.
Amongst the numerous initiatives held by associations and institutions, well worth a visit is the legendary Banco di Garabombo Fair Trade hosting Italian social cooperatives, the largest of its kind in Europe, that will be open from 3rd November to the Epiphany 2018 in the Via Mario Pagano parking area.
The ‘Casa Emergency’ in Via Santa Croce 19 will host the Spazio Natale non for profit association, open from November 24th to December 23rd.