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Santa returns to town Dec. 1 at Batavia's Celebration of Lights

Nov 18, 2019 12:14PM ● By Vincent Prisco

As a resident of Batavia, you do not have to travel far this year to experience the fun and holiday cheer that will leave memories of a holiday season well spent. Start the holiday season with the Celebration of Lights on Dec. 1 and experience the “Magic of Batavia.”

 The festival begins at 5pm at the Peg Bond Center on Batavia’s Riverwalk. Admission is free. The evening begins with fun filled opportunities including hayrides, holiday crafts, tasty treats and music,  all leading up to the arrival of Santa and Mayor Schielke for the ceremonial tree lighting. Be sure to visit Christmas Tree Lane, a section of 25 holiday trees decorated by local organizations and businesses.


Here’s the complete schedule:


·         Free hayrides with food or $1 cash donation (benefits 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 activities inside City Council Chambers

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

·         Performance by The Batavia Community Band


·         Community sing-a-long led by Craig Foltos, Foltos Tonsorial Parlor


·         Arrival of Santa

·         Welcome by Mayor Schielke and Ceremonial Tree Lighting


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

·         Announcement of Christmas Tree Lane winner


·         Batavia Depot Museum’s Light Up the Bank

 6:15 – 7:15pm

·         Story Hour hosted by the Batavia Public Library at the Gustafson Research Center


The Celebration of Lights Festival is presented by the Batavia Park District in partnership with the City of Batavia and the Batavia Police Department and sponsored by Raising Cane and Northwestern University: All of Us. For more information contact the Batavia Park District at or call 630-879-5235.