Christmas activities in Milan

December, with Christmas and the magic atmosphere that brings with it, is a month rich of events you can’t miss. Among coloured lights, Christmas trees and local markets, let’s find out together some of the events that will make this month... warmer!

The musical Advent calendar

Every day, from December 1st to December 24th, Piazza Duomo will turn into a magical orchestra room: faced out of the windows of Palazzo del Comune, some musicians will sing Christmas melodies for pedestrians. It is a real human Advent calendar, offered by the National Austrian Authority for Tourism and inspired by the Austrian tradition.

Every day a musician will join the musicians who played during the days before, in order to create an orchestra of 24 people on Christmas Eve, when a final melody will be played, waiting for the Christmas Day together.

Darsena Christmas Village

Even the Darsena will transform for festivities: it is all ready for the return of the Darsena Christmas Village, that will be entertaining adults and children from December 7th to January 8th. The Christmas tree will be the symbol of the village: with its enlightenment, the spectacular decorations and its 12 meters of height, will create a magic atmosphere. Moreover, children will be able to give Santa Claus their Christmas letter and take a photo with him in his magic house. You cannot miss a ride on the sleigh driven by the elves, discovering the Village by sailing on the Darsena. The classic local markets will be surrounding the event: walking around the wooden little houses, the local artisans will propose you their creations.

Gae Aulenti on ice

It is not December without ice skating! Until February 12nd, in Gae Aulenti square, between the Unicredit tower and the Bosco Verticale, you can find the ice-skating rink, where adults and children will have the opportunity to practice this “Christmas sport”, while admiring the most beautiful and famous skyscrapers of Milan.

The ice-skating rink is open every day from 10am till midnight and if you want to spend a different Christmas, you can also ice-skate on December 25th, from 2.30pm to 11.00pm. The price for the skates rent is 8 euros for an hour. What are you waiting for? Put your skates on and test yourself on your best pirouettes!

Babbo Running

A crowd of Santa Clauses will invade Milan! On December 17th, Babbo Running, the traditional 5km march for a charity purpose, will take place in Via Palestro, and you’ll have to cover it in Santa Claus’ dress in order to support the project of Fabbrica del Sorriso, which takes place also in Brescia, Como, Milano Marittima, Bergamo. The event will begin at 11.00 am whereas the march will start at 3.00 pm. During the day there will be special guests and the entertainment by Radio101. At the end of the march, each participant will be given a gift. The participation fee for the march is 20 euros for adults and 5 euros for people until 14 years old. This fee includes the racing bibs, the Santa Claus hat, the refreshment and the medical assistance. An opportunity not to be missed, for having fun doing some good actions.

These are only some of the activities organized in Milan in December. It is enough to walk around the city to bump into many others: what are you waiting for? Discover them all!

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