The holidays are here and everybody’s looking for ways to make it not only meaningful but also enjoyable. There are those planning parties to celebrate the conclusion of the year with family and friends, there are those heading abroad or out of town for a change of sights and routine, and there are also those who are intent on having that much awaited “me” time – that time wherein they can just focus on themselves and their interests, which they simply didn’t have time to indulge during other parts of the year because of work.

For the artsy crowd hoping to rekindle their love for artistic talent and work, a trip to Berkeley is a highly recommended holiday treat. There’s no shortage of Berkeley entertainment for them and throughout the month of December, there are special provisions to surely satisfy the artistic hunger of art lovers.

One of the events people who love the arts should check out is the Berkeley Artisan Holiday Open Studios,which will be showcasing the work of 100 artists and craftspeople on specific dates throughout the month of December. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet both local and international artists, purchase original works (you have everything from blown glass, home ornaments, functional and decorative ceramics, exquisite Menorahs, lamps and other lighting fixtures, painted and custom design furniture, garden art, rugs, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles or fabrics, dolls, leather bags, a variety of styles of jewelry using beads, silver, gold, copper, semi-precious stones, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints & works on paper, mosaics, and impressive work that made use recycled materials), see working craft studios and even take up short classes or workshops under the tutelage of some of the most respected names in the Berkeley arts scene.

Aside from the Berkeley Artisan Holiday Open Studios activities, there are also a bounty of individual galleries, including gallery cafés that serve some of the best coffee you’ll ever taste, around the city worth checking out. Plus, there are concerts, theatre performances and all kinds of shows to be held in celebration of the holidays, with many of them free for the public as they’re held in the city’s beautiful open spaces. Berkeley has always been known as one of the biggest artistic capitals of the world, so for all those who are hoping to revive their love for the arts will certainly have no trouble finding artsy activities in Berkeley to enjoy these holidays.

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For more information and attractions in an around Berkeley be sure to visit our Berkeley Area Attractions page. Book your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina and enjoy Berkeley’s Arts, Culture this Holiday Season!