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The most tra­di­tional and pop­u­lar dates on the Mi­lanese events cal­en­dar is the ‘Oh Bej! Oh Bej!’ fair (7-10 De­cem­ber), an event that has her­alded the ar­rival of the Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties for five cen­turies. Held on 7 De­cem­ber on the feast of Sant’Am­bro­gio, the city's Pa­tron Saint, the mar­ket, fea­tur­ing stalls sell­ing sweet treats, bric a brac and ar­ti­sanal jew­elry, is lo­cated in the area around Castello Sforzesco. Tra­di­tional fes­tive sweet treats can also be found at the Christ­mas mar­ket in pi­azza Duomo (see photo), while the Vil­lag­gio delle Mer­av­iglie (1 De­cem­ber-6 Jan­uary, Giar­dini In­dro Mon­tanelli) of­fers a se­lec­tion of hand­crafted ob­jects and dec­o­ra­tions, plus themed en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily. For those who want to ex­pe­ri­ence the best of Ital­ian and in­ter­na­tional crafts­man­ship, the go-to place is AF-Ar­ti­giano in Fiera, a one-of-a-kind event held in the pavil­ions of Fierami­lanoRho from 1-9 De­cem­ber. Items on of­fer in­clude food, ob­jet d'art and cloth­ing – an ab­so­lute must for those in search of an orig­i­nal Christ­mas gift (www.ar­ti­gianoin­fiera.it).

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