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Celebration of Lights Festival - 11.26.23

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Batavia Riverwalk

Experience the magic of Batavia with the Celebration of Lights Festival! We will have hayrides, holiday craft activities, a community sing-a-long, ceremonial tree lighting, a visit with Santa, story hour and the ever-popular Christmas Tree Lane! This event is free and no registration is required.


5-7 p.m.

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

o Free treat

o Family photo opportunity at the Peg Bond Center's main stage

o Holiday craft activities inside City Council Chambers

o The Batavia Community Band performs

o Reindeer viewing: see 2-3 reindeer in the Santa's Village Magical Reindeer Display trailer

o Christmas Tree Lane - Featuring 25 holiday trees decorated by local organizations and businesses


5:15 p.m.

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


5:30 p.m.

o Arrival of Santa

o Welcome by Mayor Schielke & Ceremonial Tree Lighting


5:45 p.m.

o Santa's Warming House: Visit Santa at the Peg Bond Center warming house and receive a treat from Kris Kringle himself (for children younger than 10, while supplies last)

o Announcement of Christmas Tree Lane winner


6:15-7 p.m.

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