Christmas kicks off in Dublin on Dec. 7

With the festive lights going up downtown, it’s almost time for Dublin to kick off Christmas in style. 

As is tradition, the holiday will be heralded in with the hometown lighted Christmas parade and other special events in “Shamrocks and Candy Canes” Dec. 7.

“Santa and Mrs. Claus are really excited,” said chamber Executive Director Luanne Schexnider.

The North Pole neighbors will return to Dublin for the day of events, starting at the library. Santa and helpers will greet kids during story time there from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

He will also usher in the Jingle Bell lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m., riding in his perch on a Dublin Volunteer Fire Department truck.

Those wishing to join Santa and the Dublin community in the parade can do so with a donation to Dublin Goodfellows, a charity that gives back to Dublin neighbors in need year-round.

“It’s amazing how many people they help for the size of our town,” she said of the more than 1,500 assisted annually.

Parade entries should report to the Dublin Memorial Stadium by 5:30 p.m. The entries will travel up Travis St., traveling south on Patrick Street all the way to Elm.

For more information on joining the parade, contact Rhonda Williams at City Hall by calling 445-3331 or emailing

Following the parade, Santa will meet with kids at the corner lot from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Donation gifts to Santa will help provide merry Christmases to Dublin kids in need.

A Dublin Public Library chili supper will also be held across the street at the former site of Three Sisters and Barbed Wire & Lace from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Dine in and carry-out will be available with tickets costing $5 for a bowl of chili, including optional beans and Fritos as well all the fixings. (Tickets are now on sale at the library, Dublin Citizen and Dublin National Bank.)

Ice tea and water, along with desserts, will be available at a cost of $1 each.

Dubliners and visitors can also pick up some unique gifts and goodies at the Dublin Rotary building from noon to 8 p.m. 

More than 40 art, crafts and food vendors will be set up in the historic building at E. Blackjack for a special shopping experience.


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