Christmas Events in Milan

by Francesca Maira

As everyone knows, Milan is a paradise for events. The capital of Lombardy boasts a very rich calendar all year round, even at Christmas! So, whether you are Milanese, a tourist, or are visiting from out of town and you will be here for the Christmas holidays, the probability of getting bored will be practically zero.

There are markets such as the Darsena Christmas Village, which aims to conquer all age groups. In addition to the little market houses, rich with craft and sweet vendors, to the delight of children, there will be Santa Claus, who awaits the children to listen to their wishes from inside his little house

And not to miss out on anything, there will also be an ice rink, built partially on the water animated by music and lights. The inauguration will take place on December 6th.

Opening hours: from 15:00 to 21:00 from Monday to Friday, and from 11:00 to 21:00 on weekends and holidays.

Admission is free.



Even the Porta Venezia Christmas Market is absolutely worth a visit. The setting of the Indro Montanelli Gardens, as every year, will be full of Christmas cheer, where there will be events and activities for adults and children. Two skating rinks, candy houses, enchanted castles, a theater, and a musical gazebo are just some of the attractions that will be installed inside the Villaggio delle Meraviglie, which in addition to the Darsena Christmas Village will host Santa Claus’ house where there will be various, fun activities for children.

The Villaggio delle Meraviglie will open its doors on December 1, with opening hours from 10:00 to 21:00, with last admission at 20:00, and early closure on December 24 and 25.



On December 26, the HOEPLI - FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano “Case Milanesi 1923-1973. Images of a City“ exhibition will return.  Starting with the transformation of Milan, the first city in Italy where modernity arrived, the exhibition will be enriched with literary and cinematographic testimonies that alongside the architecture and pieces on the city will demonstrate how the face of Milan changed between 1920 and 1970.

From December 26th to February 10th the “Milano e il Cinema” exhibition will take place at Palazzo Morando, which traces the history of the city of Milan during the period in which it had represented the nerve center of the first experiments in Italy. To recount this story, there will be extensive use of stage photographs, posters, ads, and many video contributions, which will help the visitor to reconstruct the cinematic magic of Milan.



On December 27 and 28, at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, children (but not only) won’t want to miss the Italian Film Orchestra that will premiere “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert” (third book of the famous saga by JK Rowling).

In the same prestigious setting that sold out the first two shows in the past seasons, more than 130 musicians between the Orchestra and the Choir will perform the magical score live, in perfect sync with the entire film projected in high definition with dialogues and special effects on a screen of over 12 meters.

Ticket cost from € 39.



For the more adventurous, on December 29th it will be possible to take part in a new guided tour of funerary art itineraries to discover one of the most evocative places of the city: the Navigli.
Between history and traditions, it will be possible to discover legends and ghost stories... all enriched by the traditional Milanese fog (with a little luck).
The guided tour will last 2 hours, at a price of € 12.

From December 29, 2018 - January 1, 2019, Milan will be transformed into the Italian capital of the Argentine tango. The first edition of the Tango Festival will take place, under the patronage of the Argentine Embassy of Rome, the Consulado General de la Republica Argentina of Milan, and the Argentine House of Culture.
Every afternoon will be animated with tango lessons for all levels, while in the evening the best teachers will perform in milongas, the characteristic halls where tango is danced.



And as tradition dictates, from December 16, 2018 to January 15, 2019 the Teatro alla Scala will be filled with the magic of Christmas. The Corps de Ballet of the Teatro, together with the students from the Ballet School and the Children's Chorus, will perform in what is the most traditional expression of Christmas in dance, or The Nutcracker, by Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij in the version by George Balanchine, a classic of the Scaliger repertoire.

Tickets can be purchased on the official website of the Teatro alla Scala, starting at € 51.50.



Last but not least, on December 31, there will be many events in the city to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Given the huge amount of shows and events, we want to suggest something different than the usual night at the club. How about New Year’s Swing Night 2019 at the Spirit de Milan, to celebrate the arrival of 2019 with swing, lindy hop, shag and balboa? The evening will start at 8:30 pm with a welcome drink, dinner with a DJ set, and then you’ll get ready for the arrival of midnight with a live band on stage and battles of the bands, for a sparkling start of the new year!



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