Christmas in Milan is a not to be missed experience. Here is what to do if you happen to be in town in the upcoming weeks. And if you are still planning what to do here below there are plenty of good reasons to book your next flight to Milan.
Christmas shopping in Milan
First and foremost…Shopping! When it comes to Christmas choosing the right store to find the perfect gifts for the ones we love is paramount. The city of Milan offers plenty of opportunities from the flagship stores of the Montenapoleone fashion district to the boutiques of Italian handcrafters. But Christmas also means temporary markets which in this specific time of the year take the entire city. The most popular is for sure the “O’Bej O’Bej fair” which happens on the 7th and 8th of December. Its origin dates back to 1510 when Giannetto Castiglione came to Milan and distributed gifts to the children of Milan. The words “O’Bej” literally translates into “Oh Beautiful”, which was the expression used by the children of Milan when they saw the many wonders like toys and treats at the market.
The main Christmas tree of Milan is the one standing in the Duomo Square. The tree lighting ceremony will take place on the 6th of December at the presence of the mayor of Milan, Mr Giuseppe Sala and of course of thousands of Milanese. The tree will stay there till the 6th of January, the day which usually marks the end of Christmas in Milan. Another big tree can be admired in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Sponsored by Swarovsky, which has a store in this shopping mall just a few steps from the Duomo Cathedral and the La Scala Opera House.
If you wish to enjoy some ice-skating while in Milan you will not be disappointed by the many ice rinks which pop up in the city during the festivities. Go to Piazza Gae Aulenti or right next the main building of the Lombardy region. Thes are the two most popular spots to practice some winter sports while in the city.
Christmas food and delicacies
When it comes to food, Christmas in Milan becomes “delicious”! The typical food of this particular time of the year is the “Panettone”: is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan. It contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest, as well as raisins, which are added dry and not soaked. You can also try it with chocolate and almonds. If you wish to buy one or just try it out there are many pastry shop in the city. The fancier one would be Marchesi, Princi, Panarello, Cova and Peck.
When in Milan do not forget to walk by the windows of the Dolce and Gabbana stores. They usually set up a very nice nativity which reflects the tradition of the two fashion designers’ land of origin: Sicily.