By Kristin Bednarski
The village of Batavia hosted Christmas in the Village Dec. 8.
Residents packed village hall to visit Santa, have cookies and punch, see a train display and watch a magic show.
The event also included carriage rides, crafts and treats at businesses in the village, prizes, and a raffle. The grand prize for the evening was a new bicycle.
Batavia Mayor John Thebout welcomed guests, and several council members helped pass out goodies and sign residents up to win prizes.
It seemed like everybody had a good time,” Thebout said.
“We heard about it in the paper,” Joni Anderson, of Batavia, said about the event.
Anderson said she thought the event was a great idea and said her son, Ian, loved it.
Emma Wilson, 9, of Batavia, also said she enjoyed the event.
“What I liked about it is the carriage ride,” Wilson said.
William Helton, of Batavia, brought his sons Daniel, Dakota and Devin to Christmas in the Village.
“We come here every year,” Helton said. “We like everything, the Santa Claus, the horse, the magic show.”
Daniel, Dakota and Devin were able to visit with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas like many children who attended the event.
The village provided photos with Santa and a goodie bag for children.
Children were also able to watch and participate in a magic show at 7 p.m.