Historic Dublin will shine for the city's annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

Historic Dublin will shine for the city's annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

The large evergreen at 62 W. Bridge St., just east of Indian Run Elementary School, will be decorated and illuminated during the ceremony.

Community relations specialist Mary Jo DiSalvo said the event will begin with a performance from the Dublin Singers. Santa will arrive on a Washington Township fire truck.

Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher and city council members will then light the tree with the assistance of Santa, who is bringing some special guests to the event.

"For the first time, Santa will have two real, live reindeer at the tree lighting," DiSalvo said.

After the tree lighting, children can get photos with Santa until 8:30 p.m. at the Dublin library, 75 N. High St.. The photos will be free, courtesy of the Historic Dublin Business Association, said president Eric Leslie.

Staff from "the Dublin library will be reading stories to the children as they wait in line," he said. "We'll have free refreshments. There will be cookies from Cookies By Design and Starbucks will have some hot chocolate."

Children also can meet Santa's reindeer outside the library after the tree lighting.

Holiday events will continue on Saturday, Dec. 5, with the annual chili cook-off, gingerbread house sale and shopping deals at Historic Dublin businesses.

Nine residents have entered this year's chili cook-off. Their concoctions can be sampled at La Chatelaine, 65 W. Bridge St.; J. Liu, 50 W. Bridge St.; and the Dublin Village Tavern, 27 S. High St., from noon to 4 p.m. for $5. Leslie said there will be three chilies at each location, and the top three vote-getters will be judged in the finals at 4:15 p.m. at La Chatelaine.

Options also will be available for those with a sweet tooth; Leslie said the annual gingerbread house silent auction will be held on Dec. 5 at three Historic Dublin businesses: La Chatelaine, Sisters Sweet Shoppe, 45 N. High St., and Our CupCakery, 16 N. High St.

"All three local high schools do a gingerbread house silent auction," Leslie said. "Proceeds go to a local organization. It will be a lot of fun."

Historic Dublin visitors also will have a chance to check a few items off their gift lists as businesses will be offering shopping discounts on Dec. 5. Leslie said a coupon can be printed off the HDBA Web site at brihidistrict.org for discounts and freebies at businesses.

A trolley will be giving rides around Historic Dublin from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

For more information on the events, look online at the HDBA Web site or dublin.oh.us.