Holiday activities won't end in Historic Dublin after the Dec. 3 chili cook-off and gingerbread-house silent auction.

Holiday activities won’t end in Historic Dublin after the Dec. 3 chili cook-off and gingerbread-house silent auction.

Although the traditional tree-lighting and cook-off come early in December, Historic Dublin will keep its holiday spirit throughout the month.

The Historic Dublin Business Association has other events planned, including the 12 Doors of Dublin contest, the luminary walk and the 12 Elves of Dublin contest.

“Two favorite annual events, the chili cook-off and gingerbread-house silent auction, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3,” HDBA coordinator Gretchen Friend said. “All ages may join in on the fun. Coupled with several additional events, the month of December will be very exciting.” The 12 Doors of Dublin is a decorating contest among Historic Dublin businesses. The deadline to enter was Dec. 1, and winners will be announced soon so the public can check out the best.

“Each business establishment will express their creativity, whether it’s a doorway display or the entire building. The already beautiful district will be even more delightful this Christmas season,” Friend said.

The HDBA also will hold a luminary walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, on Dec. 17. The bags lighted by candles will be placed around the district to raise awareness of the annual fundraiser and to collect donations for the American Cancer Society at participating businesses.

The Relay For Life will be in June at Dublin Coffman High School.

Elves also will be at participating HDBA businesses for the 12 Elves of Dublin contest. From Dec. 1 to 23, the public is invited to search for “elves” (less than 1-foot-tall figures) hidden at businesses in Historic Dublin. People who find all the elves may enter to win one of three baskets filled with items from local businesses. Entry forms may be picked up at Historic Dublin businesses or online at historicdublin.org.