Businesses in Historic Dublin will kick off the holiday season with an emphasis on giving.

Businesses in Historic Dublin will kick off the holiday season with an emphasis on giving.

This year's Holly Days, which is planned to run from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 in Historic Dublin is focusing on supporting a toy drive in which Washington Township firefighters annually participate.

To that end, the location for Touch a Truck has been changed to the parking lot at the Dublin Veterinary Clinic.

Christena Wentz, president of the Historic Dublin Business Association, said the Veterinary Clinic will also provide information about hazards pet owners should be aware of during the holidays.

Children will be able to make an Irish snow globe at Dean Insurance Group in a free crafting activity sponsored by the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wentz said.

Families can take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Our CupCakery with a donation of cash or an unwrapped, new toy to the firefighters' toy drive.

A bit of seasonal mischief will also be on hand.

The 12 Elves of Dublin scavenger hunt, which started Nov. 12, will run through Dec. 19.

Children who find hidden stuffed elves at various Historic Dublin businesses can win a prize.

Those who find all 12 elves can be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a grand prize.

New this year for holiday shoppers during Holly Days is free gift-wrapping at Chelsea Borough Home.

Wentz said all items can be gift wrapped, including those not purchased during Holly Days.

Chelsea Borough Home is asking for donations for the toy drive in exchange for the service.

Live music will also be performed during the day at Ha'Penny Bridge Imports of Ireland.

The Dublin Singers will also make their way throughout the district singing carols during the event, Wentz said.

Linda Kick, Our CupCakery owner and an HDBA member who helped coordinate the event, said Holly Days gives attendees a chance to get in the holiday spirit.

"It's a team effort that we all work on," Kick said.

Although attendance dwindled last year with only about 200 people attending the Holly Days event, business association members said they want to double that number, Wentz said.

This year, the business association is heavily focused on children and connectivity, and Holly Days presented a great opportunity to combine those things by raising money and collecting toys for the firefighters' toy drive, Wentz said.

"(The) HDBA is always focused on being an integral part of the Dublin community," she said.

Leslie Dybiec, communications manager for Washington Township, said the Washington Township Fire Department is one of several organizations collecting new unwrapped toys, gift cards and monetary donations in behalf of non-profit organization Firefighters 4 Kids.

Those wishing to donate to the toy drive can do so through Dec. 23 at any of Washington Township's four fire stations, Dybiec said.

A one-day drive-thru event will also be held from 10 to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at Fire Station 91, 6255 Shier Rings Road..

"We are always so moved by the outpouring of donations for this event," Dybiec said.

City tree-lighting

Dublin's tree-lighting ceremony will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on the front lawn of Indian Run Elementary School, 80 W. Bridge Street.

The event will be proceeded by a variety of activities in Historic Dublin, starting at 4:30 p.m.

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