It will begin to look a lot like Christmas around Dublin as the city lights the tree next Thursday, Dec. 5, and Holly Days invades Historic Dublin Dec. 7.
Holly Days is arranged by the Historic Dublin Business Association and this year will be a little different than in years past.
"We wanted to create more of a holiday festivity," said Brenda Kocak, HDBA president.
"We moved the chili cookoff so we can focus on the holidays and bringing families together in Historic Dublin."
Stores and restaurants will offer specials throughout the day, and entertainment will be found throughout the district.
"We have music and dance groups," Kocak said.
"The zoo and firefighters will keep people engaged as well," she said.
"We wanted to create an atmosphere and event for families to come down and share the theme of the holidays."
Firefighters will be at the Dublin branch library at 75 N. High Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. collecting new toys for needy children.
The Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance will perform in Bri-Hi Square at noon followed by a visit from Columbus Zoo animals from 2 to 3 p.m.
A stage will be set up in front of Indian Run Elementary School and choral groups from Glacier Ridge and Deer Run elementary schools will perform at 1 and 1:30 p.m.
The Dublin Singers will also be caroling throughout Historic Dublin.
"We're going to plan on great weather, but if it's necessary we'll have (signs) and try to move things around," Kocak said.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures in La Chatelaine from 1 to 3 p.m. and a free trolley will take people throughout the historic district from 1 to 4 p.m.
"There's a gingerbread house auction at Sister's Sweet Shoppe," Kocak said.
"It's a traditional event for the district and all proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation."
During the Dec. 7 event, the public can also continue the search for elves in the 12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt, Kocak said.
Once children get a scavenger hunt card at an Historic Dublin business or online at historicdublin.org, they can visit local stores for the hunt.
"They get a prize every time they locate an elf," Kocak said, adding when all the elves are found, the scavenger hunt card can be entered for a chance at a grand prize.
Also bringing holiday spirit to Dublin, the city will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in front of Indian Run Elementary, 80 W. Bridge St.
Santa Claus, accompanied by live reindeer, will assist Dublin City Council members in lighting the 25-foot Christmas tree.
The event will also include entertainment from Dance Extension and holiday songs from Deer Run Elementary students.
Hot chocolate and pizza from Late Night Slice will also be on hand to warm bellies.
Dublin will accept donations of children's winter gloves during the tree-lighting. The donations will go to Welcome Warehouse.
After the lighting ceremonies, the Dublin branch library will host cookies with Santa from 7 to 8 p.m.