Have you already decided where and how you will celebrate the most magical holiday of the year?
There is a city at the mention of which the eyes of music lovers, as well as the shoppers' ones, light up immediately.
Frankly speaking, Milan equally attracts different categories of travelers, including, of course, those who are interested in the history and culture of this north Italian city. Christmas holidays are a great opportunity to meet all the preferences.
Christmas Weather in Milan
In late December the temperature in Milan stays at about 0 C. Despite the relatively sunny days, the evening frosts can appear rather suddenly. So warm clothes will be a perfect protection from the winter cold if you are going to walk around Milan in winter.
This will provide you a great opportunity to concentrate totally on the magnificent beauty of this wonderful city.
Christmas in Milan style
Traditionally, Christmas is considered to be a more respectful holiday in Italy, than New Year. In late December, the whole city is being covered by festive illuminations, the locals are preparing gifts, and the shoppers are expecting the Christmas sales.
Everything and everybody seem to be definitely busy. Want to dive into this atmosphere? So pack your stuff!
Are you hungry? Try something tasty then! Especially popular are original pastries, called panettones, which are considered to be traditional for Milan. We should mention that local newspapers even print a special list of the best pastry shops, offering the most delicious panettone.Why not to visit?
In Milan Christmas is usually celebrated with relatives or closest friends. In comparison with a quiet home Christmas, New Year celebration pushes local people into the streets, charges everybody with the perfect mood for outdoor activities.
During all the holidays the central squares organize amazing festive concerts. For example, on Piazza Castello you should listen to the classical musicians. As a rule various celebrations are held in the Piazza Affari and Piazza del Duomo.
Later in the afternoon the whole city is filled with the sounds of fireworks. By the way, the closer to New Year the louder they are. The Milanese usually celebrate the holidays in the noise of firecrackers, and flying celebratory confetti.
Everybody drinks champagne and red wine, congratulate each other. Yes, the northern capital city of Italy like holidays.
What to see at this time of the year?
Do you know what is one of the main attractions in Milan? No? We will help you then.
If you love music like many tourists from all over the world, visit La Scala Opera House. You will surely remember this evening for a long time.
But if you want to save your time and money, pay attention to that fact that you have to book your tickets in advance. The queues are so huge this season. But it is worth it, so do not miss your chance to enjoy the classical music masterpieces in one of the most famous theaters in the world.
By the way, in the monastery next to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie there is a fresco by Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” Winter is the best time for visiting all these places. But mind the tickets, please.
For instance, if you are going to see the fresco by your own eyes, book a ticket for a couple of days before.
You can also visit the Pinacoteca di Brera, Poldi Pezzoli Museum with a collection of antiques, Science and Technology Museum, which holds the pictures of the great artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.
Tired of hustle and bustle of the city? Parco Sempione and public garden are the relaxing places for you!
Every year famous fair “O Bej O Bej!” attracts tourists and visitors from all over the world. Why?-Because of hundreds of stalls with handicrafts, unforgettable delicacies and unique souvenirs, of course! Perfect clothes can also be purchased in the shadow of the beautiful Castle Sforzesco.
From “O Bej O Bej” it is rather easy to get to the Duomo, where the 30-meters-high Christmas tree is always set and decorated with hundreds or even thousands of lights that give the area Galleria Vittorio Emanuele even more charm.
We can’t but mention the special kiosk at the fair Piazza Duomo. Its sweets are really very tasty and ideas for gifts are charming.
Go to Corso Venezia and you will see the Village of Miracles, where it is possible to skate along the only ice rink in the city center and to rediscover the atmosphere of Christmas-crystal castle or house of Santa Claus.
Girls, attentionâ€¦ Sales!
The first sales in Milan begin after Christmas. And consumer’s excitement reaches its top after the 6th of January. Therefore, if you belong to the lovers of walking through shopping malls, be patient and mind this information.
During the sales time all residents’ as well as guests’ attention is pay to numerous boutiques and shopping centers.
One of the main pockets of the Christmas trade is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, located near Piazza Duomo. Numerous boutiques are waiting for you on the famous streets of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Corso Buenos Aires.
If you plan to visit a lot of interesting places in a short period of time, the best solution for you is to rent a car. The quickest way to do it is to order online at Milan Airport Malpensa.
In general, Milan is a perfect holiday destination in any part of the year. And in winter it is special. Why? This city is able to carry you into a real fairy-tale of the XXI century!