10 must do’s in Milan: December 2019

Milan has a lot to offer during December. First of all: Christmas shopping, then special events and many fun activities!

Shopping, Aperitivo, Culture and much more to be discovered in the beautiful Milan in December 2019!


1- Enjoy your well-deserved Aperitivo Milanese

Probably the essence of being a citizen of Milan! Head to the Navigli or Isola to sip your drink and nibble on tasty appetizers while surrounded by the energy of young cosmopolites.

2- Walk on the amazing rooftop of the Milan Cathedral

Just allow all the beauty of the stunning views of the city to sink in; also, great location for your Instagram pictures 🙂 After sunset the Duomo had lights on, and you can overlook at the cathedral square with Christmas decorations! (open from 9 am to 7 pm)

3- Live your best life shopping on a budget in Italy’s fashion capital

You should go to the Quadrilatero della Moda for some looking-without-buying kind of fun; however, shopping in Milan does not necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune in upscale boutiques.

Corso di Porta Ticinese is a street with unique and alternative shops where you can find original items.

4- Visit the ‘Justin K. Thannhauser’ Exhibition from the Guggenheim Museum

The Palazzo Reale will be hosting, until February 2020, an exhibition with works from some of the most famous Impressionists, post-Impressionists and modern artists of the world.

5- The Milan Coffee Festival

Coffee is an essential part of Italian culture and on the first weekend of December you can get a grasp of it at the second edition of the Milan Coffee Festival through tastings, labs and workshops.

6- Oh Bej! Oh Bej!

Temperatures have been telling us that Christmas is coming and it is finally the time to feel the holiday spirit. At Piazza Castello from the 5th to the 8th there is the prettiest Christmas market of Milan. Fun fact, this market has been opening the Christmas celebrations since five centuries!

7- Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery Tree Lighting

On Sunday December 1st the Lighting Ceremony of the Swarovski Christmas Tree will be taking place. Taller than 12 meters, lit by 36000 lights and decorated with more than 10000 ornaments it is not to be missed. Do not worry though, the tree will be in the Gallery for you to admire until January 6th.

8- NYE in Piazza Duomo

For those who will be in Milan during New Year’s eve stop by Piazza Duomo for a free NYE plan. If you are brave enough to face the cold, you will enjoy from a concert with great italian artists and will be welcoming 2020 surrounded by thousands of people!

9- Hop on a train and spend a day visiting Lake Como

Just 30 minutes from Milan there is the one and only Lake Como. Overly-crowded in summer but heaven on earth during fall. Stroll the gorgeous streets of Como while enjoying the last days of the colours of the autumn foliage.

 10- Meet cool expats just like you!

As Christopher McCandless said ‘happiness is only real when shared’ so join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for our Free Secret Milan Tour to discover the city and to meet friends with whom you can do the above-mentioned activities!

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