Get ready for a festive night as Dublin gears up for its annual Dublin Christmas event on Thursday, Dec. 7, featuring the annual lighted “Jingle Bell” Parade and “Shamrocks & Candy Cane” Christmas.

The Dublin Public Library will hold story time and photos with Santa starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by a chili supper at 5 p.m.

“The library will be having their chili supper fundraiser, dine-in or carry-out at 5 p.m. before the parade and hopefully running after the parade as well,” said Dublin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Luanne Schexnider.

The Christmas Extravaganza is new this year and kicking off at noon featuring arts, crafts and food vendors.

“There will be 40 plus vendors,” Schexnider said. “Of course other stores and restaurants will be open and I think there will be some hot chocolate and goodies being sold down around the corner lot.”

Those participating in the parade will line up at 5:30 p.m. at the Dublin ISD Memorial Stadium parking lot and the parade will begin at 6 p.m. running down the main street.

“We’re taking donations for Goodfellows this year, so I will be writing a check from the parade entries,” Schexnider said. “And if people want to write a check themselves they can make it out to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and write Goodfellows in the memo.”

Christmas music will be played on a keyboard by Tarleton State University student Mackenzie Moore.

“She’s one of the top music students over there and will be playing in the gazebo area on the corner lot,” Schexnider said. “She plays for a lot of different gatherings like the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dancing For the Stars event.”

Schexnider enjoys the holiday spirit in the air and seeing the kids with Santa every year.

“What I enjoy is the children that get so excited to see Santa, but then I enjoy how excited and heartfelt our Santa is and how much he looks forward to this also,” she said. “I love that people get really excited about the lighted parade. It really sets the tone for Christmas and I think it’s great for the local shops and for people to come out and see what Dublin has to offer.”