Batavia’s Christmas in the Village featured carriage rides and Santa

Village Christmas tree was dedicated to service personnel

Santa Claus asks Dwayne Roberts Jr., of Batavia, how old he is during Batavia's Christmas in the Village.

It was a cold and rainy night for Batavia’s Christmas in the Village, but that did not stop Santa Claus from making a visit to the village administration building and a packed room full of eager children.

The village held an evening full of Christmas activities and sales downtown Saturday and while there were not many visitors walking the rain soaked sidewalks, many still came out for the events.

The evening kicked off with the lighting of the village Christmas tree. The tree was dedicated to all service personnel, including local police and firefighters.

Visitors to the village administrative building were greeted by Big Boy himself from Frisch’s restaurant. Local magician John Lewis dazzled the children with tricks and illusions as they munched on cookies and awaited Santa’s arrival.

The jolly old elf arrived on scene and the children quickly lined up to give St. Nick their wish list and to have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The children received special gift bags and even the family pets received special treats courtesy of the Batavia Family Animal Hospital.

Businesses up and down Main Street were open to offer hot chocolate and specials. Dingo Photography hosted an encore presentation of the magic show.

Adults went for a horse drawn tour of the village in a covered carriage.

Batavia Mayor John Thebout said the evening’s turn out was quite good in light of the weather.