Dublin's Lord Mayor isn't bowing to pressure on the live crib, rejecting attempts to overturn the decision.
Caroline Conroy says the next Mayor can bring back the animals but she'll be opting for a more winter-wonderland-type experience outside the Mansion House this year.
Donkeys and sheep have been part of the nativity scene on Dawson Street each Christmas since the mid-1990s.
But the Green party councillor doesn't believe "a busy and noisy city centre" is the right location for live farm animals;
"The reality is that the current offering is a little underwhelming for families. The experience has been limited where people entered what is effectively a shed at one end and passively view some farm animals for a few minutes."
She says she believes they can create a better experience where children can interact with the displays.
Fine Gael councillors had attempted to bring an emergency motion on the matter saying they hoped the Mayor would see sense.
Putting the live crib somewhere else in the city, such as St Stephen's Green, has been suggested.