By Kristin Rover
Batavia residents packed the Batavia Township Community Center Dec. 2 for the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The tree lighting event included a performance by the Batavia Elementary School Choir, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa and refreshments.
Karen Allen, the director of the choir and music teacher at the elementary school, said they enjoy performing at the community center during the tree lighting.
“I like performing for the community, that is what is special about this,” Allen said.
Allen said the children are always excited about the event.
“They love this,” Allen said. “They love seeing santa, having food and performing for their parents.”
The choir sung carols that included Frosty the Snowman, Winter Wonderland, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells and more during the event.
Cameron Paul, a fourth grader who performed in the choir, said he thought the tree lighting event was cool and performing was exciting.
“I was a little nervous but I kind of got into it,” Paul said about performing.
Batavia Township Trustee Bill Dowdney said the Christmas Tree Lighting is the trustees’ favorite meeting of the year.
The Batavia Township Christmas Tree Lighting is one of many tree lighting events that will be held in Clermont County.
The first Amelia Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. at the Morse House in Amelia.
Miami Township will have their tree lighting from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
New Richmond will light the village Christmas tree during their River Village Christmas festival Dec. 13.