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Batavia Park District events: November & December

Nov 01, 2017 08:30AM

Celebration of Lights Festival                     

Sunday, November 26 at 4 - 7:00pm

Batavia Riverwalk

Experience the Magic of Batavia!

Free Admission * Free Parking North of the Government Center

Schedule of Events:

4:00 - 7:00pm                 

-  Free hayrides with food or $1 cash donation (proceeds directly benefit the Batavia Food Pantry)  

-  Free roasted chestnuts

-  Family photo opportunity at the main stage of Peg Bond Center                        

-  Hot dogs and hot chocolate for sale

Holiday Craft Market inside City Council Chambers

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Old fashioned ornament making for all ages at the Depot Museum, main level

5:15 pm                  

-  Community sing-a-long led by Craig Foltos, Foltos Tonsorial Parlor, accompanied by the Batavia Community Band

5:30 pm         

-  Arrival of Santa

-  Welcome by Mayor Schielke & Ceremonial Tree Lighting

5:45 pm          

-   Santa's Warming House: Visit Santa at the Peg Bond Center warming house and receive a treat from Santa (children under 10 while supplies last)

Announcement of Christmas Tree Lane “People’s Choice” Winner

6:00 pm

 Light the Caboose at the Depot Museum

6:15 - 7:00 pm         

Story Hour hosted by the Batavia Public Library at the Gustafson Research Center, located in the lower level of the Batavia Depot Museum     

Special Features:

Christmas Tree Lane-Twenty five holiday trees are decorated by local organizations and businesses.

The festival is presented by the Batavia Park District in partnership with Batavia MainStreet, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, the City of Batavia, and the Batavia Police Department. For more information, please contact the Batavia Park District office at 630-879-5235 or check the schedule of events at

Holiday Craft Market at Celebration of Lights Festival

November 26, 4-7 pm
Location: City Council Chambers, 100 N. Island Ave.

Kick off the holiday shopping season during this year’s Celebration of Lights Festival! The Holiday Craft Market will be held inside the City Council Chambers from 4-7 pm. Browse a number of craft vendors, enter to win raffles, and find unique gift items this holiday season. There will also be a craft table for kids ages 5-10 to make a special gift, while supplies last.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at our Holiday Craft Market, please email Katie Drum at  

Park District Gift Cards

Give the gift of fun!  Gift cards are available in any dollar amount and can be redeemed for programs, fitness classes, sports, events, trips and even Quarry passes. It’s the perfect gift because it allows the recipient to choose their own activity.  Imagine the look of joy on your loved one’s face when they think of the exciting options!

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 2 at 8:30am
Location: Shannon Hall, 14 N. Van Buren St.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here comes Santa Claus! He has come to share breakfast with you! Families will be able to see Santa before the entertainment. Santa will talk to each girl and boy, then hand them a present. Bring your camera! Breakfast is prepared by the Batavia Lions Club and consists of pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit, coffee, juice, and milk. By 9:15 am Santa will say goodbye, then everyone can enjoy a wonderful entertainer where children can participate in the show! Ages 2 and up must register. High chairs are not available. Breakfast is served at 8:30 am.

Fee:                       RES   BNR   NR
Family of 4
         $47       $54    $61
Per Person
          $14      $16    $18

The Polar Express Storytime

Sunday, December 3
Location: Jon Duerr Forest Preserve, Rt. 31, South Elgin

Late at night, do you hear sounds of ringing bells, hissing steam and squeaking metal? Do you hear a conductor saying “All Aboard”? Adults with children clad in pajamas, robes, and slippers are welcomed on a magical journey aboard a private train-The Polar Express. Bound for the North Pole of course! As the rich hot chocolate warms our insides, the reading of ‘The Polar Express’ will warm us to the holiday spirit. And in keeping with the story, Santa will appear and hand out the first gift to every child (a bell)! Entrance will be at the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve on Rt. 31 in South Elgin. Price is per person. All persons must remain seated throughout the trip. Bathrooms are not available. Due to any snowfall of 6” or more, the event may be canceled. All ages must register! Call 630-879-5235 to register.

Fee:                       RES   BNR   NR
                              $32    $37     $42           

Holiday House Decorating Contest

Show off your holiday spirit and enter Batavia's Holiday House Decorating Contest! We will award prizes in four categories: Most Original, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights and People's Choice. All displays will be judged on Wednesday, December 6, between 6 -9 pm. Winners will receive a Batavia Park District prize package. This contest is for Batavia Park District residents only. Addresses of all entries will be published in local media unless specified otherwise at time of registration.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 5.

Fee: $5

Facility Rentals

You won’t need to clean the house or dig out those extra tables and chairs!  Host this year’s holiday party at a Park District facility.  There are various types and room sizes sure to fit your needs. Some options include Shannon Hall, the Peg Bond Center, which has a gorgeous view of the Depot Pond, and The Lodge at Laurelwood, nestled alongside the Fox River. We have all the amenities that will make your holiday get-together a huge success!