Christmas in the Village to be celebrated in Batavia on December 7

By Art Hunter

Batavia’s Christmas in the Village celebration will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the village office.

Highlights of the celebration will include an appearance by Santa Claus for the children, horse-drawn carriage rides through the village, and a magic show.

“We are going to be kind of hampered this year because of the construction on Main Street, but we are still going to do it,” Kathy Turner, village councilwoman and event organizer said. “None of the village businesses will be open, so everything will be held at the village office.”

The evening’s events will begin in front of the village office at 5 p.m.

With the ringing in of the Christmas season by Town Crier Maybelle Murphy and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Residents from the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center will sing Christmas carols while the tree is being lighted.

Turner said that the carolers then take a ride on the horse drawn wagonand return with Santa.

“They go out on the first trip on the horse-drawn wagon and bring Santaback,” Turner said. “They are caroling the whole time, which really makesit neat.”

There will be refreshments and goody bags for the children. There willalso be door prizes, and grand prizes of boy’s and girl’s bicycles and achild’s riding toy.

Turner said that councilman Earl Carter and resident Ray Siebert are the other members of the committee that organize the event.

“It probably takes four months to put this together,” Turner said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s really worth it.”