Like it or not, it's holiday season. Time to start the shopping. Kick off the special time of year at the eighth annual Celtic Fair and State Street Stroll in Portland. A whole bunch of shopping, food and beverages and live entertainment within a couple of city blocks all within walking distance.

Sweet Relief Arts & Crafts will be one of the vendors selling their special holiday Celtic tree design, hand embroidered cloth napkins, wood Celtic knot ornaments and more.

You'll find art, baked goods, craft items, vintage items, books, toys, Christmas decorations, jewelry,  and so much more as you stroll through State Street Church, St. Luke’s Cathedral, Mercy Hospital, the Irish Heritage Center and 75 State Street.

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You may even bump into Santa along the way during this 3 hour event, from 9am to noon this Saturday beginning at the Maine Irish Heritage Center at 34 Gray Street.