Want to shop local this year? Here is a sampling of holiday events that don't take you far away from Oakland, CA at all. Click on each event's link to learn more. ************* Dec. 18Oakland Merchants' Holiday Open House Merchants around Oakland will stay open late, offering refreshments, creative specials, and live local bands and entertainment. One merchant on Piedmont Avenue is offering a drawing for a $100 gift card, a gallery is offering a themed photo booth and prize drawings, Lakeshore will feature carriage rides, and on Grand, special herbal teas to soothe the weary shopper. These are just a few of the special events for that night. Please check the Web site for the list of merchants participating. ************* December 19, 20, 23 & 24Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street FairLocal vendors will be on Telegraph Ave. on all these days. The Street is closed down and all the artisans will add an extra flavor to the already colorful local shopping spot. ************* Through Dec. 20 (special event Dec. 20)Holidayland Gift Sale@ Blankspace and the Compound Gallery , 6608 San Pablo Avenue, OaklandFeaturing more than 100 local artists, designers and crafts people. This is the 4th annual holiday sale featuring local artists, designers and crafts people. Tons of fun stuff happening through out the sale: Spin the Wheel o' Bounty for a chance to win prizes, gift certificates and more! Get your Holiday photo taken at the Paul Bunyan themed photo booth! (proceeds go to art in Oakland Schools) ************* Through Dec. 31Holiday Project@ Creative Growth Art Center, 355 24th Street, OaklandCreative Growth’s holiday exhibition and studio sale has become a much-anticipated Bay Area tradition, one held in high regard by art collectors and holiday shoppers alike. This year’s exhibition highlights the work made during Creative Growth artist collaborations with guest contemporary artists: Kathleen Henderson, Meagan Donegan, Ed Musante, Jessica Dasher, Livia Stein, Sas Colby, Paper Magazine and more. Holiday Project includes artwork for sale made in drawing, ceramics, rugs, woodwork, prints, cigar box art, sculpture and textiles. With one of a kind holiday cards, art books, t-shirts, watches AND the premier of the Creative Growth for Marc Jacobs Pop-Up-Shop, with limited edition bags direct from the 2009 fundraiser and collaboration with the internationally acclaimed Marc Jacobs design house. ************** Dec. 19-20Renegade Craft Fair — San FranciscoFort Mason Center Herbst PavillionMore than 150 of today’s finest indie-craft and contemporary design talents will set up shop in San Francisco for your holiday shopping needs. ************** More local shopping tips, courtesy of The Oakbook!