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Once upon a time, holiday shopping was actually enjoyable; a time to celebrate the season, behold twinkling lights, and take a well-deserved "cheer" break. In other words, something far from the frenzied antics that start in the pre-dawn hours after Thanksgiving!
There's at least one place where that throwback tradition of great holiday vibe lives on. Berkeley is bright with high-quality holiday experiences to celebrate the season. Joy, Berkeley-style includes finding a parking space, local and organic snacks (and craft beer and natural wine) on nearly every block, and an abundance of holiday spirit. Friendly shopping streets and local, independent retail in neighborhoods all around.
There are plenty of fun and festive weekend events, too. The annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios will take a pause for this year, but see over 100 professional artists, craftspeople and galleries at studios in Berkeley that participated last year; all work is handcrafted, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Many will offer online retail options and have varied schedules for the public.
Another stellar Berkeley holiday tradition is the 37th annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair, with dates and layout still in the works. Stay tuned to The Republic of Telegraph, with vendors and shops showcased throughout the Holiday season.
Fourth Street lights up with Dazzling Lights and Holiday Festivities, complemented by its signature blend of on-trend retail and local merchant storefronts. And for something all-Berkeley, head up to Tilden Park for the antique merry-go-round, all dressed up in holiday finery. Kids can even drop off a letter to Santa and see ol' St. Nick on Fridays before Christmas.
More spirit. Less stress. Revive, revel, and yes, relax! Create your new/throwback holiday tradition in Berkeley.
Weekends in December
Socially Distanced Santa on Solano!
December 5-6 & 12-13
Berkeley Potters Guild Holiday Show
2020 Open Studios Postponed, but see last years participants!
Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
December 12, 13, 19, 20, 23 & 24 11am -6pm
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair