|Dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II|
|Christmas market beside the Duomo.|
|Only the very rich and very famous go through the archway into La Scala on opening night.|
|Christmas lights along via Manzoni|
Window displays in Milan are spectacular. Along the streets of the Quadrilatero d'Oro the shop windows are breathtakingly beautiful. It's expected that during December the Milanese will make their evening passeggiata past the shops to soak up the festive atmosphere, but there's no expectation that anyone will actually enter to buy.
The place to buy all things Christmassy are the markets. In the days leading up to the feast of Sant Ambrogio three Christmas markets attract huge crowds: L'Artigiano in Fiera, the Christmas food markets around the Duomo and the traditional O Bej! O Bej! market which circles the Castello Sforzesco.
|Incredibly lavish window display by Dolce and Gabbana.|
|Miniature displays of those sweet blue boxes in the window at Tiffanys.|
|O Bej! O Bej! market at the castle.|
And to really make sure that everyone's feeling the Christmas spirit there's a festival for Milan's signature Christmas cake, panettone. The panettone festival is the place to taste a huge variety of this delicious type of fruit bread / cake before purchasing one, or many, to share with friends.