The festive season is fast approaching and Milan is gearing up for the return of its beloved Christmas markets this December. From traditional Alpine-style wooden stalls to artisanal fairs, visitors can soak up the Christmas spirit and find unique gifts at these events held across the city.

Christmas Market in Piazza Duomo

The extremely popular Christmas market in front of Milan Cathedral makes its comeback from December 1st 2023 to January 6th 2024. The iconic Gothic cathedral provides a majestic backdrop to the quaint wooden huts encircling the piazza. Browse stalls touting Christmas decorations, handmade crafts, sweet treats, clothing and more while listening to live music performances. The market is open daily from 8:30am to 10pm, allowing plenty of time for gift shopping and Christmas nibbles. Don’t forget to check out the life-size nativity scene and visit Santa’s grotto with the little ones!

Getting there: Duomo metro station (M1/M3 lines)

Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Christmas Market

A beloved Milan tradition since the 16th century, the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Christmas market returns from December 7-10 at the Castello Sforzesco. The castle walls ring with the chatter and laughter of visitors perusing over 400 artisan stalls. Delicious smells waft from food stands proffering roasted chestnuts, Panettone, German sausages and mulled wine. Twinkling lights adorn the stalls piled high with crafts, clothes, toys and sweets. An enchanting event perfect for finding unique Christmas presents and gifts.

Getting there: Cairoli metro station (M1 line)

Banco di Garabombo Ethical Christmas Market

For those seeking sustainable Christmas gifts, the ethical Banco di Garabombo Christmas market is the place to go. Running from November 4th 2023 to January 7th 2024 in Piazza Mario Pagano, this bustling fair trades in organic food, eco-conscious fashion and accessories, natural cosmetics and artisanal wares from Italy and abroad. Support developing communities by picking up fair trade couscous from Palestine or limoncello from small Italian producers. Open daily 9am to 8pm.

Getting there: Pagano metro station (M1 line)

Winter Wonderland in Indro Montanelli Gardens

Immerse yourself in Christmas magic at Milan’s Winter Wonderland in the Porta Venezia Gardens. From November 18th to January 7th 2024, over 100 fabulously decorated stalls sell handmade crafts, Christmas decorations, sweets and treats. The enticing smells of churros, candy floss and polenta waft through the air as festive music plays. Kids will love the carousel, mini rollercoaster and Christmas tree maze. With fun activities and beautiful lights, it’s a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit.

Getting there: Palestro, Porta Venezia, Repubblica or Turati metro stations

With tempting food, festive cheer and unique gift ideas, Milan’s Christmas markets are the perfect way to celebrate the season. Bundle up and wander the stalls to find that special something for your loved ones this Christmas in Milan.