The stunning Christmas lights of Rinascente department store are sure to get you into the festive spirit this winter. The shop’s facade is spectacularly lit every Christmas, drawing in passers-by. Should the lights fail to impress then the wealth of brands inside surely will. Rinascente is one of the best places to pick up Christmas gifts in Milan, offering everything from top womenswear and menswear to beauty care, homeware and food.
Rinascente, Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milan, +39 02 88521
Gucci DIY knits
Those planning on doing some Christmas shopping while in Milan this winter should make a beeline for the Gucci store. After introducing its Gucci DIY personalisation service, the house has now expanded its bespoke series to include men’s and women’s knitwear, outerwear and tailored pieces. In selected stores, customers will be able to add large letters to their garments and even as embellishments to bomber-style leather jackets. Whether you choose to add your own initials or those of a loved one, this is a great gift from Milan this winter.
Gucci, Via Montenapoleone 5-7, 20121 Milan, +39 02 771271
Urban Chalet at Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Located on the doorstep of the world’s leading couture houses, Milan’s Four Seasons hotel is one of the best places to stay in the city. This winter, the prestigious hotel gives you yet another reason to visit, with the opening of its Urban Chalet. The winter haven will be located in the hotel’s Sala Camino and will have decor inspired by cosy mountain transport. With wooden furniture, tartan and a fireplace, this pop-up will be the ultimate place to indulge in afternoon tea and seek respite after a day of shopping.
Four Seasons Hotel Milano, Via Gesù 6-8, 20121 Milan, +39 02 77088
Originally from Milan, panettone is a delicious sweet bread ‒ and a must for the festive season. It can be bought throughout the year but it is traditionally prepared and enjoyed during the Christmas period. Made with candied orange, lemon zest and raisins, it is the perfect accompaniment to sweet wines and hot drinks. Milan has plenty of wonderful bakeries offering panettone; one of the city’s oldest cafés, Pasticceria Cova is a great place to buy the sweet bread. Panettone would make a wonderful edible souvenir from Milan this Christmas.
Pasticceria Cova, Via Montenapoleone 8, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7600 5599
Oh Bej Oh Bej market
If you are in Milan between 7 and 10 December the Oh Bej Oh Bej Christmas market is an essential port of call. The market is held every year during the feast of Sant’Ambrogio and the name roughly means ‘so nice, so nice’. It is one of the city’s best-loved events and presents a great way to enjoy the festive season. You’ll find unique gifts here, along with sweets that make appealing, edible souvenirs. From stalls selling roasted chestnuts to those with handcrafted toys and local delicacies, this is a wonderful winter event in Milan.