Milan may best be known for its glorious Duomo and impeccable sense of fashion, but come Christmas time, the city takes on a charmingly festive character that delights locals and visitors alike.
With many exciting events throughout the season, the Milan Christmas Market scene is one of the best to be enjoyed in Lombardy.
If you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Milan’s Christmas Markets are like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of the Milan Christmas Market scene, with official dates, hotel recommendations, and locations.
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! If you have any personal tips from first-hand experience to add, let us know in the comments so we can improve this guide!
Milan Christmas Market Dates
The exact opening dates of Milan’s Christmas Markets depends on each individual market.
While many markets have yet to confirm their official dates for this year, here are the ones we know of so far:
- Fiera degli Oh Bej! Oh Bej! (Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Fair): Dec 7 – 11, 2022 (based on previous years’ date patterns)
- Fiera dell’Artigianato Milano (Milan Artisans Fair): Dec 3 – 11, 2022
Milan Christmas Market 2022 Hotels
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Milan Christmas Market Locations
Wondering where you can find Christmas market stalls in Milan? There are several Xmas markets in the city to choose from. Here are the most popular picks.
Mercatino di Natale in Piazza Duomo (Piazza Duomo Christmas Market)
The most picturesque Christmas market in Milan by far is the one that takes place in front of the city’s main landmark: the almighty Duomo.
This Christmas Market consists of over 60 wooden chalets selling all kinds of handmade gifts and treats. Arranged along Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II and around the Duomo, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more stunning backdrop for a Christmas market!
Fiera degli Oh Bej! Oh Bej! (Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Fair)
While the market at the Duomo is the most photogenic Christmas market in Milan, the ‘Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Fair’ held at Sforza Castle may be the most popular Milanese Christmas market among locals.
With a fun name loosely translated to ‘Oh so nice! Oh so nice! Fair’, this busy market is made up of dozens of stalls selling all kinds of handicrafts, foodie items, Christmas decorations and more.
NOTE: This festival is also known as the Fiera di Sant’Ambrogio, AKA Saint Ambrose Fair, in honor of Milan’s patron saint. Every year, it starts on the day of Saint Ambrose (December 7) until the following Sunday.
Villaggio delle Meraviglie (Village of Wonders)
Another signature Christmas event in Milan can be found in the Giardini Pubblici di Indro Montanelli (Indro Montanelli Public Gardens) in Porta Venezia.
This Christmas village has a few market stalls, yes, but their main attractions are its skating rink, Santa Claus house, food offers, and various festive activities and programs.
Fiera dell’Artigianato Milano (Milan Artisans Fair)
Held every year at Fieramilano Rho-Pero, the Milan Artisans Fair is a must-visit Christmas market event in Milan if your goal is to shop.
This massive indoor fair is spread across 150,000 square meters, and consists over over 3000 different exhibitors.
While it’s perhaps not as cozy and ‘Christmassy’ as some of the other Milanese Christmas Markets on this list, it’s a must-visit for those keen to stock up on gifts (for yourself, and others!)
Piazza Portello Magic Christmas
Considered one of the most romantic Christmas markets in Milan, this Trentino-inspired market event takes place in Piazza Portello, offering a cozy Xmas market experience akin to those typically seen in Germany, Austria, and Northern Italy.
Held over two weekends before Christmas, the Christmas edition of Wunder Mrkt is another great Milan Christmas market to visit if your main goal is shopping.
This unique market (which takes place in several locations throughout the year) champions creativity and sustainability, showcasing artisans who create unique and interesting items, often from recycled materials.
They also try to host their market events in special venues to create an unforgettable experience. In previous years for example, their Christmas edition was held at Milan’s Bagni Misteriosi.
If you’re looking for a place to grab some unique one-of-a-kind gifts, then this would be a Christmas market in Milan that you don’t want to miss.
City Life Christmas Market
Another area in Milan where you’ll find Christmas market stalls is the CityLife shopping district, specifically at the Piazza Tre Torri where wooden Christmas market chalets are set up to sell all kinds of Christmas decorations, gifts, and treats.
There’s also usually a large skating rink set up here as well.
Darsena Christmas Village
While it has not taken place over the past few years, the Darsena Christmas Village has (in the past) been considered one of the top Christmas market events in Milan.
Complete with a large Christmas tree, skating rink, Christmas market stalls, and plenty of spots to grab festive treats, this event has traditionally taken place around the Darsena di Milano.
Fingers crossed this event will return this year, but we will update this page when we hear more.
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