Have you ever visited the Lombardy Christmas Markets? Discover the most atmospheric ones in the region with the most municipalities in Italy.
If you are looking for the most beautiful Lombardy Christmas Markets to visit, this is the right place to let you discover how and where to best experience the most magical time of the year.
The events, these days, in large and small cities of Lombardy Christmas Markets are increasingly numerous and each one has its own characteristics; including food and wine products, handicrafts and a spirit that reflects the soul of the locals. There is an enchanting atmosphere, the scent of cinnamon and nougat, mulled wine, hot chocolate, magical Christmas carols and even elves, wreaths, angels and the enchanting illuminations. These are precisely the classic hallmarks of the Lombardy Christmas Markets, strolling through the stalls of the Lombardy Christmas Markets makes both young and old happy.
Christmas markets in Lombardy: which ones are the most beautiful to visit
There are many enchanting Lombardy Christmas Markets scattered throughout the region, with the most popular ones including Milan, Livigno, Bergamo, Cremona, Castione della Presolana and Como. Smaller ones such as those in Mapello, Albosaggia, Mantua, Iseo and Monza are also not to be outdone, which can provide carefree moments for the whole family.
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Christmas is less than a month away, are you getting ready? If you need some ideas, don't forget to take a tour of the Lombardy Christmas Markets, which, even in this region, are not lacking. Among the typical festively decorated chalets it will then be possible to buy traditional food and wine products and among those of artisans’ unique decorations and gifts. Here are some Lombardy Christmas Markets that we at visit Italy suggest you visit.
Lombardy Christmas Markets: the two most representative in the capital city
In the capital city, almost in every neighborhood there are Lombardy Christmas Markets. Among the many presents, we have chosen those that for us are the most representative.
We start with the Milanese symbol of Advent par excellence, the most traditional and popular of the Milanese events in the run-up to Christmas, the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! market.
Then continuing with the market in Piazza Duomo, the one under the gaze of the Madonnina, also one of the most important in the Lombard capital.
Taking advantage of the Milano City Card, you can spend the Advent and Christmas holidays admiring the main attractions, including the magnificent Duomo and the Museum of Science and Technology, and benefiting from exclusive discounts.
12. Lombardy Christmas markets: Oh Bej! Oh Bej!
Christmas triumphs when, in Milan, the traditional market "Oh Bej! Oh Bej!" is set up. The name of this quaint little market comes from the exclamations of joy that Milanese children had in 1510 when receiving gifts from the papal envoy on the occasion of his entry into the city. Translated into Italian they are the little market "Oh Belli! Oh Belli!"
This famous Milanese Christmas shopping market is considered the most important event of the Christmas season; in fact, for this event in the Lombard capital a real crowd of fans will converge even from neighboring towns.
In more than 25,000 square meters of exhibition space around the Sforzesco Castle, there are about three hundred exhibitors that allow fans of Lombardy Christmas Markets to rediscover the authentic atmosphere of the past and the most representative merchandise genres of the historic fair. Most of the exhibitors are expressions of the Milanese tradition.
This year it will be open from December 7th to 10th, 2023 around Castello Sforzesco and in Parco Sempione.
11. Lombardy Christmas markets: in Piazza Duomo under the gaze of the Madonnina
Also, in the historic center of Milan and under the gaze of the Madonnina, 34 decorated wooden huts will be placed in Piazza Duomo, Via Campo Santo and Via dell'Arcivescovado, with 64 exhibitors with many gift ideas. There will also be a 35th cottage, the largest, which will house Santa's house for the delight of the little ones.
Among the handicraft products on display are: ceramics and various gifts, multi-ethnic fabrics, handmade hats, fashionable accessories, wooden gift ideas, eco-products made of vegetable ivory and engraved stones.
While among the food and wine offerings we find: dates, saffron, chocolate, crunchies, pralines, gianduiotti, nougat, candied fruit, honey and royal gruel. There are also truffles, balsamic vinegar, cheeses, bresaola and other cured meats, tuna, botargo, smoked fish and many typical products. A wide selection of handcrafted panettone cakes will be present.
Lombardy Christmas Markets in Piazza Duomo will be from Dec. 1st, 2023 to Jan. 6th, 2024.
10. Christmas Village in Livigno
Livigno is among the most popular destinations for sports fans and connoisseurs of the Lombardy Christmas Markets. The ski resort at an altitude of 1,800 meters ignites the excitement of Advent and welcomes guests with characteristic wooden cottages filled with items for original gifts, tree decorations and Christmas home decorations.
The crafts on the stalls are not only original, but also particularly valuable and made by artisans with passion and method. In addition to the pleasure of sight, at the Lombardy Christmas Markets in Livigno, the sense of smell also comes into the picture. Thanks to the elixir of fragrances from cinnamon to that of hot chocolate through the pungent scent of mulled wine will allow the visitor a real sensory journey.
Absolutely not to be missed is the Christmas torchlight procession, an adrenaline and tradition-filled spectacle by Livigno's ski instructors.
You will be able to find the stalls in Ostaria Street: from November 24th to December 24, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., while they will be closed on: November 27, 28, and December 4, 5, 11,12,18,19, 2023.
9. Christmas Markets in Bergamo
To discover flavors and creativity, Bergamo gives a rich calendar full of events and colorful bargains. Don't miss the traditional Lombardy Christmas Markets in Piazzale degli Alpini. The typical little wooden houses offer visitors the opportunity to appreciate food and wine specialties and to purchase local handicrafts, such as embroidered fabrics, costume jewelry and works in ceramics, glass and wood. Numerous artisans from all over Italy as well as abroad will be present among the booths. A Christmas concert, light installations, a skating rink and various events are planned in town. Among other things, there will also be Santa Running, a 5-kilometer non-competitive march, running through the streets of the city.
For children, the appointment is in Seriate, for the Santa Lucia Market of Waiting for Christmas in Piazza Donatori di Sangue, where they will receive a visit from Santa Claus and Santa Lucia with sweets and gifts for everyone. This is an event filled with gift items and Christmas decorations. Typical regional products and street food will also be present. An event full of surprises and magic, accompanied by children's shows, Christmas music and creative workshops.
Christmas Village in the Piazzale degli Alpini: Nov. 17, 2023 to Dec. 26, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Santa Running: the 5-kilometer non-competitive march: Dec. 24, 2023 10:300 a.m. with start and finish at Sentierone Street, in front of the Donizzetti Theater.
Waiting for Christmas in Seriate, Santa Lucia Market: Dec. 10th, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Visit Italy offers its readers a fantastic ticket, taking advantage of which you can explore the splendid Palazzo Moroni, one of Bergamo's masterpieces, embellished with valuable frescoes and refined stuccoes.
8. Christmas Markets in Cremona
In Cremona, the tour among the stalls of the Lombardy Christmas Markets winds through the plains, begins in the streets surrounding the Cathedral, one of the city's greatest examples of Lombard Romanesque architecture, follows through the "Torrazzo," the towering 111-meter-high bell tower and reaches the Baptistery. The visitor will be catapulted into the charm and tradition that characterize the Christmas stands full of original ideas and local artifacts, not to mention the tasty local food and wine.
In the central Piazza Stradivari and Via Baldesio, the "Le Strade del gusto della Lombardia Christmas Edition" market is set up, featuring about 60 exhibitors with typical regional food products and extra-regional specialties, as well as characteristic handcrafted gifts and handmade Christmas decorations.
Typical Lombardy food products will include: honey and jams, handmade ravioli and tortelli, mushrooms and truffles, snail processed, Christmas wine packages, typical Lombardy cheeses, waffles, panettone, roasted chestnuts, chestnut cake and mulled wine.
Craft exhibitors will include: nativity scenes, centerpieces and Christmas decorations, semiprecious stones and jewelry, terracotta objects, wool scarves, hats and muffs, cashmere and cloth bags and accessories, soap sculptures, steampunk accessories. Then paintings, books and natural wellness creams. There will be no shortage of fun and musical events involving both adults and children. The Roads of Taste of Lombardy Christmas Edition will be in Stradivari Square on December 8th, 2023.
7. Christmas Markets in Castione della Presolana
A cult end-of-year event at the foot of the Orobian Alps, in one of the most beloved and popular locations in the Lombardy mountains, are the Lombardy Christmas Markets in Castione della Presolana. With more than 30 exhibitors, the Lombardy Christmas Markets, with their typical wooden cottages among the stalls offer fine handicrafts and agricultural and food products with the various flavors of tradition.
Not only is it possible to buy and find many gift ideas, but there is also the opportunity to see live creation around the Nativity Shack, skilled artisans carving wood and stone, others working with straw, hammering copper, spinning wool and thus reintroducing ancient crafts.
A truly evocative setting, rich in history, culture and tradition of the Seriana Valley capable of transforming Castione and the charming hamlets of Bratto, Dorga and Rusio into a fairy-tale village. Fantastic attractions are planned for younger visitors such as the Gnome Village, Santa's Village with the Elf Workshop and the Presolana train. The rich program offers moments of music, entertainment, traveling shows, storytellers, various tastings, and there is no shortage of guided tours of the wonderful villages, tales of rural life, themed courses and workshops, concerts, choirs and unusual challenges.
Christmas Markets in Piazzale Donizzetti, Bratto/Dorga hamlet: November 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th 2023 and December 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2023.
6. Christmas Markets in Como
"Christmas in Como," is the festive initiative held in the city center, in Piazza Cavour, where there will be the little houses of the Lombardy Christmas Markets.The little houses, the Ferris wheel and the ice rink to make up for the consumption of electricity will be surrounded by low-power LED illuminations. In the wonderful setting of the City of the Lake, in fact, Christmas in Como, animates the city center in an edition under the banner of solidarity and sustainability with initiatives for the whole family.
In the magical Christmas atmosphere, visitors will be able to move among the 50 little houses in Piazza Cavour for purchases of handicrafts and typical products of the area. While local associations will set up the 20 little houses dedicated to street food in Corridoni boulevard and the 3 little houses in Piazza Grimoldi. In Piazza Duomo, it will be possible to admire the Christmas Tree, and the illuminations in the city streets will make the walks more evocative. The illuminations chosen this year such as the Fringe and the Sidereal Star create a scenic effect of fullness and brightness and a warm atmosphere.
For the Lombardy Christmas Markets, the trees along Lario Trento and Trieste and Via Cavallotti will also be covered in light, so as to make the lakeside promenade more pleasant and evocative. In Bellinzona, Canturina and Varesina streets it will be possible to admire the fabulous Christmas illuminations.
All children will be able to take a picture and mail their letters with their wishes in Santa's little house. There will be no shortage of attractions and fun for all on Corridoni Avenue with a skating rink, events, entertainment and the inevitable fireworks display on the lake for New Year's Eve.The little houses will be open from Nov. 26, 2023 to Jan. 8, 2024, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight.
During your stay in the city to visit the enchanting markets, you could enjoy an enthusiastic guided tour and a romantic cruise to contemplate the marvelous landscapes, the jewels of the historic center, and the dream villas on the shore of Lake Como.
5. In Mapello, it's not Christmas without markets: Sotto le Torri… Torroni
A little train is already waiting for all the children to take them to Santa's village, among fire-eaters, stilt-walkers, pipers, bands and above all Lombardy Christmas Markets.
There are already 100 exhibitors and more are coming, the town of Mapello is ready to welcome Christmas and all its magic, the charming village streets lit up with Christmas decorations, enthralling scents and above all smiles. Among the eyes sparkling with joy of children who live with immense magic this time of year and the smiles of adults, finally free, to spend Advent in the company of their loved ones.
The landscapes of the Bergamasque Island town, positioned in the arms of Mount Canto, are well known, not only for their beauty, but also for the history that has passed through them. Walking through the Lombardy Christmas Markets in this town will be a unique experience. You will be able to admire towers built in the Middle Ages and walk through the places where artists such as Ermenegildo Agazzi and Natale Bertuletti lived.
"Under the towers...Nougats" on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
4. Albosaggia Christmas Markets
During the Christmas season in Albosaggia, a mountain town in Valtellina, there are two days of Lombardy Christmas Markets wrapped in an evocative atmosphere among stalls, music, games and shows for young and old. In Valtellina this is one of the most anticipated Christmas events.
In this year's edition, gastronomic events and tastings of typical products will be held in two large heated domes, as well as the many activities for children such as fairy tales, shows, workshops, baby make-up and state-of-the-art attractions.
Through the streets of the village, dressed up for Advent, artists and postcard characters will engage the public in a rich and varied program enlivened by the music of pipers and gospel choirs.
Unmissable, as every year, is the exhibition of Nativity Scenes by Maestro Boschetti, which was displayed at the Quirinale two years ago. And still in the city streets you can enjoy the sound of accordions and live music of the "Friends of the Osteria," as well as jugglers and admire the works of ice sculptors and wood carvers. As a backdrop to this stage are the decorations and arrangements resulting from the projects carried out by the schools.
3. Christmas market and ice skating
In the green Piazza Virgiliana in the heart of the city of Mantua, the Lombardy Christmas Markets take place. The many carefully selected exhibitors housed inside wooden chalets, about sixty in number, offer handcrafted creations, food and wine excellence, household items, clothing, Christmas decorations, accessories and many novelties.
In addition to dining and shopping, visitors will have the opportunity to skate on the large 500-square-meter real ice rink set up in the center of the square. There will also be the original little train on wheels with a fantastic tourist itinerary of a route through the city center connecting Piazza Mantegna and the Markets in Piazza Virgiliana.
Mantua Christmas Market: November 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2023 and December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2023. Saturdays and Sundays are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. while December 8 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 25 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rink: from Nov. 11, 2023 to Jan. 14, 2024 open daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
2. Christmas with Taste - Christmas Markets at Iseo Lake
On the southeastern shore of Iseo Lake, we have an important tourist center with its fantastic Christmas Markets Lombardy.
In this picturesque setting, you can enjoy tasty traditional food and wine products both local and from the mountains of Lombardy and Trentino thanks to the Lombardy Christmas Markets set up in the historic city center with the event "Christmas with Taste. A festival of flavors, traditions and typicality of the place and nearby places.
In the squares and streets of the historic center during the event there will be no shortage of tastings performances by street artists, music, shows and much more.
Christmas with Taste, in the historic center.
1. Christmas Markets in Monza
Every year in Monza, on the occasion of the Advent, the traditional appointment is organized with the charming Lombardy Christmas Markets set up in this city from Piazza Carducci to Piazza San Paolo.
This Market organized by Élite Food consists of many stalls filled with ideas. The white wooden chalets decorated and festively lit with red carpets create a magical atmosphere that captivates everyone.
Santa's House, children's shows and musical concerts will be held during every weekend of the Christmas season. Don't miss the ice rink for family fun.
Christmas Village and Christmas Markets in Carducci Square and St. Paul's Square: November 25, 2023 to January 6, 2024 daily from 10:00 am to 7:0 pm. December 25, 2023 and January 1, 2024 will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Lombardy Christmas markets: an experience to be enjoyed every year because it awakens the tenderest and most joyful side of each of us.
- Christmas markets in Lombardy: which are the most beautiful to visit Among the most popular ones are Milan, Livigno, Bergamo, Cremona, Castione della Presolana and Como. But those are not to be outdone such as Mapello, Albosaggia, Mantua, Iseo and Monza.
- Lombardy Christmas markets: the two most representative ones in the capital, the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! market and the markets in Piazza Duomo.
- Lombardy Christmas markets: Oh Bej! Oh Bej! The most popular in the capital.
- Lombardy Christmas market: in Piazza Duomo under the gaze of the Madonnina.
- Christmas Village in Livigno. The ski resort at an altitude of 1,800 meters among the most popular destinations for sports enthusiasts.
- Christmas markets in Bergamo where numerous artisans from all over Italy and beyond will be waiting for you.
- Christmas markets in Cremona with "Le Strade del gusto della Lombardia Christmas Edition."
- Christmas markets in Castione della Presolana in one of the most loved and appreciated locations in the Lombardy mountains.
- Christmas Markets in Como animates the city center in an edition under the banner of solidarity and sustainability with initiatives for the whole family.
- In Mapello, it's not Christmas without markets: "Under the Towers ... Nougats!" The landscapes of the Bergamasque Island town, positioned in the arms of Mount Canto, are well known, not only for their beauty, but also for the history that has passed through them.
- Albosaggia Christmas Markets. Through the streets of the village, festively dressed for Advent, artists and postcard characters will engage the public in a rich and varied program enlivened by the music of pipers and gospel choirs.
- Christmas Market and Ice Skating: visitors will have the opportunity to skate on the large 500-square-meter real ice rink set up in the center of the square.
- Christmas with Taste - Christmas Markets at Iseo Lake. In this picturesque setting you can enjoy tasty traditional food and wine products both local and from the mountains of Lombardy and Trentino.
- Christmas markets in Monza. White wooden chalets decorated and festively lit with red carpets create a magical atmosphere that captivates everyone.