Milan in Dicembre means Christmas in around the corner. December is magical month with the city having x-mas decorations starting on the 7th. For local people December means the month of festivity and traditional events. Milan city in this month, shines with markets, illuminations, Christmas trees, cribs and many appointments for children and their families.
December is a typical rush of gifts time, place of important appointments with city markets like 8th December Oh Bej! Oh bej! but also place of important concerts and traditional opening season at Teatro alla Scala. In few words if you are looking for a Christmas atmosphere, Milan is the right place.
What’s the weather like in December in Milan? In this month it’s rather cold and rainy in Milan. Snow falls are not rare but usually in second part of December. Sometimes, some snow will only embellish Christmas atmosphere. Only problem when it snows in Milan, the local traffic goes haywire.
If you worry what clothes you should bring, I suggest to bring warm clothing with a scarf to keep you warm, a small umbrella, and water resistant shoes. Average temperature in December floats between 5C° average high and -1C° average low. The average precipitation in (mm) is 62.
Don’t expect to find a lot of sunny days in December, but still few sunny days are possible, since the global climate conditions change and become unstable year after year. Here you can read more about weather in Milan to help make a right decision when to visit Milan.
What To Pack
Even if the forecast tells you it’s going to be sunny in Milan in December make sure to be ready for colder climate. Pack a warm, waterproof jacket, a pair of waterproof boots, hat, scarves, and gloves.
Key pieces for what to wear in Milan in this month include some beautiful leather pieces. Milan is a great place to invest in wardrobe essential.Leather Pencil Skirt – The stretchy fabric and wide waist band of these skirts, ensure you ultimate comfort and quality.
These Women’s Knee Length Skirts are figure flattering and feminine.
Women’s Kaleidaslope Jacket – Thermal jacket boasts performance characteristics that are ready to tackle mountain climbs, with sufficient style of transition to the city with Omni-Heat Reflective lining.
Blondo Women Waterproof Boot – Made from soft suede or leather, this style features a low, stacked heel and textured rubber sole for enhanced traction. you can still feel fashionable on rainy days.
Women Software Stretch – Long sleeve crew neck top featuring ultra-soft fabric and stretch for comfort. This fabric of this particular Cuddl Duds is like rayon knit.Well made and long lasting.
Plaid Blanket Checked Scarves – Brand New and high quality. It could use in winter to keep warm, in summer to against the sunshine, and also in the Office to keep out the air conditioning.
Women’s Winter Warmth Footless Leggings – This microfiber material is very stretchy in nature, but what makes it great is the brushed interior. The brushed interior is super soft and very warm.
What’s so special to be in Milan in December 7th? Actually from this date Milan starts dressing a Christmas look that will last until early January. December 7th for Milan represents a very significant event for all citizens dedicated to religious and popular celebrations.
It’s a day of celebration of Sant’Ambrogio, the city’s patron saint. At the same day takes place an important event for local inhabitants, known as the ‘Fair of Oh Bej! Oh Bej!‘.
It’s a famous market that every year attracts a flood of locals and tourists, looking for typical Christmas products and gifts. This event of long historical tradition (the first took place in 1288). It had been for many years around the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio but few years ago the event has found a new location at the Sforza Castle and the surrounding streets.
Thousand Lights of Milan
Already from mid-November until January the city streets are decorated with thousands colorful lights but it’s full splendor gets Milan in December. The only way is walking around to enjoy the Christmas lights which expositions differ from district to district.
Christmas tree on Duomo Square will be the first place, you’ll be fascinated by Christmas atmosphere. This traditional tree sponsored byPandora. The lights will light up on December 6th and will continue to shine until the day of the Epiphany in January.
Keep on walking and enter in Gallery Vittorio Emanuele. Even this year the traditional Christmas tree made of crystals, sponsored b Swarovski, will create a special show of lights and shadows. But if you look up, the famous Gallery’s Octagon will be illuminated.
If you love the Christmas shopping streets and if you happen to be in Milan on December, you certainly won’t miss to take a walk in the very famous Milanese Fashion District. Perhaps, you won’t buy anything but nevertheless doing some windows shopping can not harm.
Enjoy admiring shining shop windows, shop lights, music, the ever-present big decorated tree and Santa Claus himself distributing chocolates to children every weekend……To be there in the Fashion District is a big Christmas shopping experience.
What to Do
Besides all the wonderful Christmasy things do in Milan, there’s a few notable places you should definitely visit in December.
Artisan Craft Market
More than thirty years at Fieramilano Rho-Pero from 1 to 9 December 2018 (daily from 10.00 AM until 10.00 PM), takes place the international industry event ‘artisans and their creations’.
It’s one of the most important event in the world, transmitting the beauty and goodness of arts and trades. Even you can book your booth and take active part of the world’s most important arts and crafts event. Click here for more info.
How to get there
- Take metro Red 1 line and get off at RHO FIERA STOP.
- Buy the return ticket for 5€, valid for two trips, each for a maximum period of 105 minutes from validation.
Teatro alla Scala
In occasion of December 7th, the day of Sant’Ambrogio, the patron of Milan, at Teatro alla Scala takes place the tradition of the First Night inaugurating the new season. The First Night is unique and sophisticated musical and cultural event attended by the highest ranking city authorities and Italian state institutions and known persons from the Italian social, economic and cultural life.
What will be at the first night in the new year? It’s still early but for your record in season it was chosen: ‘Madama Butterfly‘ by Giacomo Puccini, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, directed by Alvis Hermanis.