By Art Hunter
The village of Batavia’s annual Christmas in the Village holiday celebration was held Saturday, Dec. 7. Organizers had anticipated a smaller turnout this year due to the village’s road construction project, but were pleased with the number of people who showed up.
“It was great,” councilwoman and event organizer Kathy Turner said. “It was smaller than normal, but it was a real good crowd. With the road construction and the weather, I was very pleased with the turnout.”
The holiday celebration got underway with the ringing in of the Christmas season by Town Crier Maybelle Murphy.
Highlights of the annual event included an appearance by Santa Claus, who arrived by police car, horse drawn carriage rides, and a magic show.
Southwest Ohio Developmental Center residents sang Christmas carols before the lighting of the village’s Christmas tree.
Turner said that she was pleased with the amount of support the event received from volunteers from the community.
She said Angie McTague and her husband Bill volunteered the morning of the event to bring their popcorn machine, and others just showed up to help.
“People I didn’t even know came,” Turner said. “They jumped right in and spent their evening volunteering with us. I was amazed.”