‘Tis the season for holiday fairs! Here are five holiday fairs coming up this weekend in Newton. You can walk to all four of the Saturday fairs in less than one hour of walking. [UPDATE:  This revised walking route is shorter, is much flatter (bypassing West Newton Hill), and allows you to catch the Auburndale Community Nursery School’s fair before it closes at 2PM.]

Saturday, December 1

  • First Unitarian Universalist Society Holiday Fair, December 1, 9:30AM-1PM, at 1326 Washington Street, West Newton. Free.  “Holiday Shopping with Heart. Stalls and tables spill forth with treasures, new and old. Items include handmade gifts, toys, jewelry, gifts/collectibles, homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, books, decorated wreaths, ornaments, and trees. Homemade soup lunch. Holiday music. Silent auction.”
  • December Market at Second Church in Newton, December 1, 10AM-3PM, at 60 Highland Street, West Newton. Free. “Gifts, wreathes, and craft making for all ages. Books, Kitchen ware, Table and Kitchen Textiles, Games. Baked cookies and treats. Gift baskets. Crafting and holiday décor. Holiday Cranberry Tea and Other food items.”
  • Newton City Hall Holiday Craft Fair, December 1, 10AM-4PM, at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. Free. “You’ll find a juried selection of handmade stuff and some beautiful creations by the artisans. Come explore and shop artworks in textiles, glass, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photographs and wooden pieces.” 
  • Auburndale Community Nursery School’s 29th Annual Holiday Fair, December 1, 11AM-2PM, at 218 Walnut Street, Newtonville (Go in the front door of the Church – turn to the left and down the stairs – Event is on the lower level). Free. “Cafe with Pizza from O’Hara’s + Paddy’s Pub, Chili, hot dogs and drinks, face painting and craft projects for children, Bake Sale, Local Vendors, Huge Silent Auction, and Giant Flea Market with items donated by 100 + families!” 

Sunday, December 2

  • Celebrate Newton, December 2 (rain date December 9), 10AM-4PM, at Newton South High School cafeteria, 140 Brandeis Road. Admission $3 (free for kids under 12). “Newton Community Education’s annual juried craft fair, with over 50 local artisans selling their work. Perfect for holiday shopping. Fun for the whole family! Local Artists, Live Music, Food, Kids Corner.”