10 Dec.-6 Jan. A long-standing Milan tradition.
From the Feast of the Assumption until Epiphany, the square in front of Milan’s iconic cathedral and the surrounding streets will become a village of little wooden chalets for this year’s gift and street-food market.
According to tradition the market offers gifts of every kind for both Christmas itself and the festival of the Befana – more formally known as the Epiphany, on 6 January – when the kindly witch comes to give good children more presents, and badly-behaved ones lumps of coal (even if this is more likely to be made of black sugar).
Local and regional specialities will be among the food offered from the 65 stands, which will stretch from the Piazza del Duomo to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via Campo Santo and Via Arcivescovado. The market will be open daily from 08.30 to midnight.