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Celebration of Lights Festival in Batavia
- See photos of the 2011 Celebration of Lights Festival
- See photos of the 2010 Celebration of Lights Festival
Start the holiday season off right at the Celebration of Lights Festival in Batavia, a family-oriented event featuring a myriad of sparkling lights, festive decorations and a visit from Santa.
Families will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of entertainment on Sunday, November 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Batavia Riverwalk.
Batavia business owner Craig Foltos will play the master of ceremonies until Santa arrives at 6 p.m. Mayor Jeff Schielke will greet Santa and together they will light the community Christmas tree. After the tree lighting, Santa’s Warming House (located at the Peg Bond Center) will open. Children up to age 10 who visit with Santa will receive a special gift while supplies last.
Looking for something to do before the Festival? Check out the new and improved River Street!
As of early November 2012, River Street is now open to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The public is invited to join city officials at 4 p.m. today, Nov. 25 on River and State streets for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Guests are then encouraged to dine downtown before going to the Festival. Check out this list of Batavia restaurants that have local owners and/or support local causes.
About the Festival
The Celebration of Lights Festival is presented by the Batavia Park District in partnership with the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Batavia MainStreet, the City of Batavia and the Batavia Police Department. For more information, please contact the Batavia Park District office at 630-879-5235 or view the schedule of events at bataviaparks.org.
More About Batavia Riverwalk
Built over six years and using primarily volunteers, Riverwalk is one of Batavia's proudest and prettiest locations. Starting at Houston Street, the path follows the river and ends at the Batavia Government Center. Paddleboats are available for use during the warm months, and in cold months there is an access point for an outdoor ice skating rink when the water freezes. Along the trail are benches, picnic areas, a playground and many sightseeing points of interest.
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