Holiday Events

"Deck the Homes" Holiday Decorating Contest

Register now for the 2021 “Deck the Homes” Holiday Decorating Contest!  The deadline to apply is Friday, December 10, at 4:00 p.m.  The Parks and Community Services Commission members will serve as the judges, with  judging taking place December 13 - 17.  At the December 20, 2021, meeting of the Parks and Community Services Commission, the category winners, along with a grand prize winner, will be selected. 

Category winners will receive a yard sign to display, along with a $50 gift card to a local Dublin business.  The grand prize winner will receive a yard sign to display, along with a $100 gift card.  Winners will also be recognized at a January meeting of the Dublin City Council.

A map showing all entries will be available in early December so that residents can visit the many decorated homes all around town.

Below are the categories for the 2021 Holiday Decorating Contest:

  • Seen from Space Award (Best Use of Lights)  
  • Winter Wonderland Award (Best Lawn Display) 
  • Holiday Classic Award (Best Holiday Theme) 
  • Deck the Halls Award (Best Apartment/Condo/Townhome) 
  • Gingerbread House Award (Best Neighborhood)  - This is three or more homes, either directly next door or across the street from each other in the same block, promoting cooperation in their efforts.
Enter to contest here: 

2021 "Deck the Homes"

Winners of the 2020 Contest:
2020 best neighborhood


th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Thursday, December 2
Dublin Civic Center

Santa's elves will be busy decorating the Civic Center parking lot and turning it into Dublin's very own Winter Wonderland. Take a stroll through the decorated lot; grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks; enjoy music from our local school bands and choirs; and countdown as the tree is illuminated. Also, be sure to be on the lookout for a special guest from the North Pole.  The parking lot opens at 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. Free to attend. 

​Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 4

Santa Claus is coming to Dublin! Families are invited to enjoy a delicious hot pancake breakfast served with sausage, fruit, coffee, and juice, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus! This event benefits the Dublin High Music program, which provides live music at the breakfast. Register early because this event is always a sell-out! Santa will pose for holiday photos following each breakfast.


8:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

"The Snow Queen" Ballet

Saturday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Join the City of Dublin and Radiance School of Ballet at a presentation of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved children's story, "The Snow Queen."  There will be two showings of this event - on Saturday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., at Dublin Center for Performing Arts and Education (8151 Village Parkway, Dublin).  Tickets are $17 to $26 and can be purchased at

Journey with Kai & Gerda in this winter story ballet. When Kai is placed under the spell of the Snow Queen, it is Gerda who sets off to find and rescue her beloved sister. Join these young sisters as they adventure through faraway lands encountering dancing flowers, robbers, a raven, evil snowflakes, a reindeer. and the Snow Queen herself. This is a story of selflessness and purity’s triumph over evil.

Handel's "Messiah" Ballet

Sunday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

This unique cultural fine arts production presents George Frideric Handel’s 1742 masterpiece, Messiah. Classical ballet and excerpts from Messiah are paired for a holiday performance that will delight sight and sound. Handel’s Messiah ballet provides the perfect opportunity for a holiday outing for all ages and an immersion into the majesty of the cultural fine arts. Tickets $22-$28; available at

Sponsors Wanted!

The City of Dublin is looking for community partners to sponsor the Holiday Events. Click here for more information regarding the current sponsor opportunities.

"Santa Drive-Thru" Meet & Greet
"Santa Drive-Thru" Meet & Greet
Boy in Santa hat
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