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Celebration of Lights Festival - 12.01.19

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Batavia Riverwalk

Experience the Magic of Batavia! Free admission and free parking

Schedule of Events:

5:00 - 7:00 pm

  • 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 activities inside City Council Chambers
  • Old fashioned ornament making for all ages at the Depot Museum, main level
  • Performance by the Batavia Community Band

5:15 pm

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

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 winner
  • Announcement of Downtown Window winner

6:00 pm

  • Batavia Depot Museum's Light Up the Bank

6:15 - 7:15 pm

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

Special Features:

  • Christmas Tree Lane - 25 holiday tress are decorated by local organizations and businesses
  • Light up novelties for sale courtesy of Yolo Glow Novelties

Thank you to our festival sponsors:

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Sing-Along Songs

Jingle Bells

 Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh. O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way! Bells on bob tail ring, making spirits bright. What fun it is to ride & sing a sleighing song tonight!
Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows.  All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph, join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight? 
Then how the reindeer loved him, as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, You’ll go down in history!

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul, With a corn cob pipe and a button nose, & two eyes made of coal. Frosty the Snowman, is a fairytale, they say. He was made of snow, but the
children know he came to life one day. There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, for when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around!
Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, was alive as he could be; and the children say he could laugh and play, just the same as you and me.

Up On the House Top

Up on the housetop, reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down through the chimney with lots of toys all for everyone’s Christmas joysHo, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?Up on the housetop, click, click, click,Down through the chimney with old St. Nick! 

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Jolly old St. Nicholas, Lean your ear this way! Don’t you tell a single soul, What I’m going to say; Christmas Eve is coming soon, Now, you dear old man, Whisper what you’ll bring to me: Tell me if you can.
When the clock is striking twelve, When I’m fast asleep, Down the chimney broad and black, With your pack you’ll creep. All the stockings you will find hanging in a row; Mine will be the shortest one, You’ll be sure to know.Johnny wants a pair of skates, Susie wants a sled Nellie wants a picture book, yellow, blue and red.
Now I think I`ll leave to you what to give the rest. Choose for me dear Santa Claus, what you think is best.

The festival is presented by the Batavia Park District in partnership with 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