HOLLY FAIR | Saturday + Sunday, December 11 + 12 | 9am-9pm | 44 and 52 Brattle Street, Cambridge | http://www.ccae.org/hollyfair
For the 57th year in a row, over 70 vendors will transform Harvard Square into holiday craft central. "It's definitely an institution in Cambridge," says Jerome Berkeley. Berkeley, who works for sponsor Cambridge College of Adult Education, gets to helm the vendor selection jury. Repeat vendors and shoppers make things a little easier for him. "There's one vendor whose come back for 25 years," he says.
Don't expect to sit on Santa's lap this time around. "Formal santa portraits have faded with cell phones," he says. But don't worry -- "He'll be around."
JEROME BERKELEY'S PICKS
Cleopatra Necklace from Victoria Tane
Jasmine Soap from Artifact Soapworks
Jasmine, Earl Gray and Chai-flavored Chocolates from Elaine Hsieh