Guests are back for the in-person celebration of the Festival of Lights

BATAVIA, IL – Crowds will once again be able to enjoy Batavia illuminated by twinkling lights during the Celebration of Lights festival on November 28. A tree-lighting ceremony was held virtually in 2020 due to COVID-19, but activities will return in person to the Batavia Riverwalk this year.

A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 5:30 p.m., half an hour after the start of the festival. At that time, Santa Claus will also arrive and the mayor of Batavia, Jeffery Schielke, will deliver a welcoming speech.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., customers will be able to participate in a multitude of activities. A community song is scheduled for 5:15 p.m., and the Batavia Public Library is hosting a story hour at the Gustafson Research Center at the Batavia Depot Museum, 155 Houston St.

Local organizations and businesses are decorating 25 Christmas trees for the celebration of lights, and they will be on display as part of Christmas Tree Lane.

Visits with Santa Claus will also be possible. He will be spending time in his heated house at the Peg Bond Center, 151 N. Island Ave., and kids under the age of 10 will be able to receive treats from Santa.

Throughout the event, families will have the opportunity to take photos at the Peg Bond Center and take free cart rides. Guests will be able to make crafts inside the City Council Chamber, and the Depot Museum will also host old-fashioned ornaments for all ages.

Entrance to the event is free and no registration is required. 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.

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