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Сiao, lovers of Italy!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s one of my favorite periods of the year in Italy!

As the crisp winter air wraps Milan in a magical embrace, the city comes alive with the spirit of the season, offering a plethora of enchanting events to make your December truly memorable. This Christmas, immerse yourself in the warmth of holiday cheer without breaking the bank, as I unveil a curated list of free events that promise to add a touch of wonder to your Milanese experience.

Discover the city’s festive secrets, share in the laughter, and create cherished memories at these unmissable free December events.

 December 1 – January 6 – the Christmas market near Duomo, the largest Christmas fair in the city with 60 chalets.
Address: Piazza Duomo
Open hours: 09:00 am – 09:00 pm

December 1-7 – broadcasts, concerts, performances, exhibitions, and meetings dedicated to the opening of La Scala theater season and related to Verdi’s opera “Don Carlo.”

December 2 – the first stop of the Coca-Cola Truck 100% electric takes place, transforming the location into a welcoming Coca-Cola Christmas Area. The Coca-Cola Christmas Tour returns to Milan, delivering a message aimed at raising awareness about the importance of cultivating values such as kindness, generosity, and sharing.
Address: Piazza Tre Torri
Open hours: 11:00 to 20:00

December 2-10 L’Artigiano in Fiera, a gastronomic and craft exhibition with representatives from 80 countries.
Register on the website to get an entry badge.
Address: RHO Milano
Open hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

December 3 – Domenica al Museo, free entry to all state museums not only in Milan but throughout Italy.
Read more: Museum Sunday in Italy. Visit museums for free.

December 5 – January 14 – Christmas exhibition with Perugino’s work “Il Battesimo di Cristo” (The Baptism of Christ). Sala Alessi adorns itself with a Christmas atmosphere, thanks to an eco-friendly and entirely recyclable scenographic installation: immerse yourself in the sacredness of water, a symbol of life, rebirth, and purification, through a unique visual experience.
Address: Palazzo Marino (Milan’s City Hall)
Open hours: 09:00 am – 08:00 pm

December 6 – Lighting of the main Christmas tree of Milan
Address: Piazza Duomo

✨ December 7 – Feast of Milan’s patron saint, Saint Ambrose, and the traditional Milanese market in the park near Sforza Castle called “Oh Bej! Oh Bej!”
Address: Piazza Castello
Open hours: 08:30 am – 09:00 pm

December 16 – Santa Claus (Babbo Natale) costume marathon
Start at 03:00 pm from  Piazza Sempione – Arco della Pace.
You can inscribe online following the link.

December 18 – Concert in the Duomo of Milan performed by La Scala theater orchestra.
Ticket reservation starts on the Duomo’s official website on December 11, 2023).
Address: Piazza Duomo

The city truly sparkles and shines, extending a warm invitation to all travelers seeking the magic of the Christmas season.

As your travel planner, I am here to ensure your journey through Milan and across Italy is not only stress-free but an authentically enchanting experience. Let the spirit of the holidays guide your exploration of this beautiful city, where every corner tells a story of tradition, joy, and wonder.

Embrace the magic, and let Milan be the backdrop to your most memorable holiday season yet. Buon viaggio e Felice Natale!