Special to E-T The City of Dublin is gearing up for their annual Shamrock's and Holly celebration - and new happenings are in the works for this year's event, according to Jeanette Ward, director of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The lighted Christmas parade will start at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Middle School and travel down Patrick Street to Elm Street. The line-up will begin at 5 p.m. with entries placed in the order they arrive.

Santa will give a big “Ho-Ho-Ho” as he rides through town on the Dublin Fire Department truck. His journey will end at the Rotary building at 135 East Blackjack Street where children will share their Christmas wish list with him. New Chamber member, Deep in the Art, will take pictures of the little ones at no charge.

Children are delighted with beautiful white snowflakes, but this year's event will keep everyone inside and out of the cold weather. It will be a wonderful opportunity for children to make Christmas ornaments, shop for family members' gifts, and listen and join in singing with the carolers. Mrs. Claus will treat them with a story. Anyone interested in participating as carolers may contact the Chamber office.

There is a $15 vendor fee for non-chamber members. There is no fee for members. A limited number of tables for vendor spaces will be provided or crafters may furnish their own tables.

Booths will be open from 5:30-9 p.m. Please contact the chamber for additional vendor information.

It is a long-time tradition to decorate homes and businesses for the holidays. Category entry forms are available at the Chamber office. Deadline for decorating entries is Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Judging will begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13.

For additional information, call 254-445-3422.