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December 5, 2021 - 2:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Christmas in the City, batavia, news, downtown.

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December 3, 2021 - 12:44pm
posted by Joanne Beck in news, BID, Christmas in the City, parade.
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Beth Kemp
(2016 file photo)

This year’s Christmas in the City parade is a special one to Beth Kemp, executive director of Batavia Business Improvement District.

It will resume the years-old holiday event after the pandemic shut down, and close out a chapter on Kemp’s career path. She is leaving the role for a position in marketing and accounting with Council Rock Wealth Advisory Group in Batavia.

“December 10 will be my last day. This is my last big parade; the parade is kind of my baby, I love it,” she said to The Batavian Friday morning. “It’s like a well-oiled machine at this point, and I hope it will continue.”

Thirty-four participants have signed up for the parade, set to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday outside of Wendy’s restaurant on Main Street, Batavia. Floats, costumed characters, and music will follow a route that leads toward Summit Street. 

Christmas in the City was originally dubbed Taste of the Holidays, which is when Kemp first became involved with it. She was on an event committee and was integral to the creation of a festive parade as part of the renamed event. Meant to be a family-friendly, fun downtown happening, Christmas in the City runs from 2 to 6 p.m., ending with the parade. 

A train ride, several vendors, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, professional carolers and an elf, the Muckdogs mascot, and a GO-ART! building-turned-Whoville will be part of the excitement. There will also be hidden gnomes at downtown businesses for kids to find and take photos of for a contest boasting prizes of Muckdogs tickets, a basket full of board games, and more. 
 

November 4, 2021 - 2:22pm
posted by Press Release in news, notify, BID, Christmas in the City.

Press release:

The Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District is hosting its annual Christmas in the City event from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 4 with a holiday parade down Main Street to follow at 6 p.m.

The BID is inviting any business, organization or group to walk, ride or enter a float for the parade which runs from Jefferson Avenue to Summit Street. Downtown businesses are encouraged to host an activity or offer store specials during the event. Vendors are welcome.

This year’s event includes train rides, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, crafts, and a Downtown Scavenger hunt with chances to win some great prizes.

The BID also is hosting its second annual Wreath Contest for Downtown Batavia.  Again, any business, group, organization or family are invited to enter the contest.

For $20, each participant is provided with a 16-inch plain wreath to decorate. Participants can pick up their wreaths on Sat., Nov, 20 and will have a week to decorate it before dropping the wreath off to the BID for community volunteers to put them up downtown.

Voting for most creative will take place from Dec. 4-24. First place winner receives $100 cash prize, second place $75 and third place $50.

To participate in Christmas in the City or the Wreath Contest, contact Beth Kemp at [email protected] or find all forms online at DowntownBataviaNY.com.

November 16, 2020 - 11:50am

Press release:

The Batavia Business Improvement District Board of Directors regretfully announces cancellation of Christmas in the City and the Holiday Parade.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the need for social distancing, and our concern for the health of the community, vendors, volunteers and attendees, we have decided to cancel this event for 2020. 

We encourage our community to continue to shop small and support our small businesses that need us now more than ever.  

For more information on B.I.D. and Downtown events please visit our website at www.downtownbataviany.com.

December 8, 2019 - 10:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Christmas in the City, batavia, news, photos.

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December 4, 2019 - 2:04pm

Submitted photo and press release:

The drawing of the winning ticket for this handmade dream doll house (34” wide, 33” high, 25” deep) will take place during Christmas in the City, this Saturday, Dec. 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 2 Bank St.(next to GO-ART!). You need not be present to win.

The Genesee Senior Foundation is offering chances on this doll house at five tickets for $20 or 1 ticket for $5.

They are available for purchase at the Senior Center today, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Center will also be open for Christmas in the City on Saturday from 4 until 6 p.m. Tickets are available until the time of the drawing at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to the Doll House Raffle, Mrs. Claus and an elf will be present offering up hot chocolate and a fun craft. Folks may also want to purchase a delicious cookie from Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Shop.

Proceeds from the day will support programs such as Meals-on-Wheels through the Genesee Senior Foundation. Questions about the work of the Genesee Senior Foundation or this event may contact Courtney Iburi, director of the RSVP Volunteer Placement Program, or Dorian Ely, services administrator, at the Office for the Aging at 585-343-1611.

December 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

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Christmas in the City is Saturday, Dec. 7th from 2-6 p.m. with the Parade at 6 p.m. starting from Wendy’s and going down to Summit Street.

This year’s event is brought to you by L&L Transmission and The Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District.

Along with the many in store specials and activities inside our downtown businesses, there will also be: a live ice sculpture, life-size snow globe, horse and buggy rides ($1 tickets available at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle), train rides, carolers, vendors and more!

If your group or organization is still interested in participating in the parade, please contact Beth Kemp at [email protected] or at 585-993-7747.

Thank you to the following sponsors for making this event so successful: L&L Transmission, Toyota of Batavia, Batavia Downs Gaming & Casino, Western NY Concrete, Dolce Panepinto, Bourbon & Burger Co., T.F. Brown's, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Turnbull Heating & Cooling, Smart Design, Rochester Regional Health UMMC, Lamb Farms, Main St. Pizza, T-Shirts Etc., Eli Fish Brewing Co., WBTA and the Batavia Daily News.

December 2, 2018 - 4:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Christmas in the City, Christmas, batavia, news, downtown, BID.

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The Batavia Improvement District hosted Christmas in the City last night, which included sleigh rides, a toy train ride, visits with Santa (and the Grinch) along with local Christmas shopping.

For pictures of the parade by Jim Burns, click here.

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Gregory Hallock as Grinch and Nora Browne as Cindy Lou at GO ART! Hallock made his costume while Paige Sikorski, who is 13, put on his makeup.

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Paul Grazioplene posed with Grinch, trying to convince his child that Grinch wasn't scary but the child didn't buy it.

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There's a tiny little bundle in Santa's lap. It's 1-month-old Greyson Malcomb getting his first picture with Santa.

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Batavia Police Sgt. Dan Coffey with Bo Coffey and Alyssa Coffey. Bo and Dan were in line waiting for a ride in the horse-drawn sleigh.

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December 2, 2017 - 1:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Christmas in the City, downtown, batavia, news.

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To purchase prints of photos click here.

December 1, 2017 - 3:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Christmas in the City, downtown, batavia, news.

Downtown Batavia will be filled with holiday cheer and family fun tonight as local merchants host Christmas in the City.

Main Street, from Ellicott Street to Liberty Street, will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 7 p.m. in preparation for the Christmas in the City parade at 8:15 p.m.

The festivities start at 5 p.m. and include horse and buggy rides, music, crafts, food, and other family-oriented activities.

Stop by the WBTA studios at Main and Center for a Christmas Party co-hosted by WBTA and The Batavian. Bring your smartphone or tablet, show the staff of The Batavian our mobile app installed on your device and you can enter a drawing for a $100 prize (no purchase necessary). We’re serving chili and grilled cheese catered by Dibble Family Center. 

Download our app.

November 28, 2017 - 7:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, downtown, Christmas in the City, batavia.

The Batavian and WBTA, local news partners for Genesee County, are hosting a Christmas party Friday evening during Christmas in the City at WBTA's studios at Main and Center.

Stop by between 5 and 9 p.m. and you could get a chance to win $100. Show us The Batavian's mobile app on your smartphone or tablet and you will be eligible to enter the drawing (no purchase necessary).

We will provide snacks catered by the Dibble Family Center.

  • To download The Batavian's app for iOS, click here.
  • To download The Batavian's app for Android, click here.
December 3, 2016 - 10:03am

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Hundreds of people lined Main Street in Downtown Batavia on Friday night for the Christmas parade that was the highlight of a successful Christmas in the City for 2016.

Many businesses opened their doors for activities and food to celebrate the annual event.

To view photos and purchase prints click here:  steveognibenephotography.com

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One of the many floats in the annual parade.

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Bradley Winslow, local musician.

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10-year-old Ryan Cox getting his face painted sponsored by T-Shirts Etc.

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Batavia Concert Band

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Students and staff from Batavia City School District singing carols at the Holland Land Office Museum.

December 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Christmas in the City, downtown, batavia, news.

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• Parade at 7 p.m.
• Holiday Musical Concert at The Mall - 6-7 p.m., by the Batavia Concert Band
• Ornament Making at 39 Jackson Street - 5-7 p.m., by Art Ah La Carte
• Homer’s Workshop, hosted by The Home Depot at 109 Main St.
• Face Painting, hosted by T-Shirts Etc.
• Vendors
• Horse & Buggy Ride/Chili at 8 Center Street, by Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle
• Shirt Coloring Workshop at 37 Center St., by T-Shirts Etc.
• Wonderland Of Trees -- Catch a bus from Save-A-Lot parking lot to the Holland Land Office Museum.
• Professional Pet Photos at 238 Ellicott St., by Amy’s Fluffy Friends
• Celtic Christmas at 201 E. Main St., by GO-ART!
• Pictures with Santa at 201 E. Main St., by GO-ART!
• Letter to Santa at 202 E. Main St., by Pollyanna & Dot & The Hidden Door
• Adult Tasting at 73 Main St., by The YNGodess Shop.
• Children’s Craft at 50 Batavia City Centre, by Hillside Children’s Center
• Live Nativity at 300 E. Main St., by First Presbyterian Church
• Video Gaming - Open Play at 214 E. Main St., by Game On
• Hair Tinsel at 99 Main St., by The Mane Attraction
• Basket Raffle at 2 School St., by The Bahama Bay Salon & Spa
November 28, 2016 - 3:00pm

  • There will be horse and buggy rides again this year. Purchase tickets at Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle. 
  • Home Depot is hosting "Santa's Workshop" at 109 Main St. (The Newberry Building). Stop into the Hillside Children's Center for a craft, cookies and cocoa. 
  • T-Shirts Etc. will be hosting a T-shirt coloring contest. The cost is $3 each with all the proceeds going to Don Carroll Toys for Kids. 
  • Amy's Fluffy Friends is offering professional Photos with your pets, family and kids, with all proceeds going to charity. 
  • Catch a bus to visit the Holland Land Office Museum’s Wonderland of Trees. The bus departs from the Save-A-Lot parking lot. 
  • Pollyanna and Dot along with The Hidden Door will be offering a Christmas themed activity for children. They are also offering 15 percent off all full-priced items. 
  • Warm up at the YNGodess with an adult only tasting and in store specials. 
  • Stop into Art Ah La Carte to make a Christmas Ornament. For $2, children can make an angel ornament. All proceeds will benefit Josh Harloff to help pay medical bills due to battling leukemia.
  • The First Presbyterian Church at 300 E. Main St. will be putting together a nativity walk during Christmas in the City. Walk through and view a variety of scenes from around the world and close to home. 
  • The Batavia Concert Band will be playing in the mall concourse from 6 to 6:45. 
  • Game-On will be having an open play in their new gaming lounge called the Warp Zone. They will have different games set up for kids to play, along with refreshments. 
  • GO ART! is hosting the "Celtic Christmas in the City" with the Tullamore Celtic Band, Irish dancers, carolers and refreshments. 
  • Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle will be offering Buy 1, Get 1 FREE on bicycle tune –up gift cards! They will also be serving their famous chili. 
  • Mane Attraction is offering hair Tinsel at Christmas in the City! $5/ strand... get your holiday hair on!
  • Stop in to Charles Men's Shop during Christmas in the City and check out their amazing new styles and holiday specials! 
  • Bahama Bay Salon and Spa will be having a basket raffle. Enter to win a basket valued at more than $200, with gift certificates, clothing and more. 
  • The Spa at Artemis is offering a special discount for Christmas in the City. Their $80 "Touch of Artemis" package is marked down to $65! 
December 5, 2015 - 1:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Christmas in the City, centennial.

Here are some pictures highlighting the activities at Friday night's Christmas in the City event as well as closing ceremonies for the city's Centennial Celebration. They were taken by Steve Ognibene.

December 5, 2015 - 8:24am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, BID, Christmas in the City.

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To purchase prints, click here.

November 19, 2015 - 3:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, centennial, Christmas in the City.

Christmas in the City will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, and will also mark the conclusion of the closing ceremonies for Batavia's Centennial celebration.

First, starting at 6 p.m., come and behold the Centennial Time Capsule in the foyer of City Hall. See the sponsor wall and the legacy gift. Enjoy a dessert bar with a variety of toppings and hot chocolate. The first 100 people will receive a free Centennial mug!

Bid on a piece of history. Offer a price for the Centennial Street Banner that has bedecked the City Hall sign and take it home as a keepsake if you win. Silent auction bidding opens for 100 pennies.

Then, at 6:15 p.m., the lineup begins in nearby Austin Park for the aerial "Human 100" group photograph -- hopefully with 500 volunteers dressed all in blue or white or gold! Be part of the photo and receive a free Centennial flashlight. Photo will be taken at 6:45 p.m.

At 7, watch the parade along Jefferson Avenue and be on the lookout for the Centennial cake! And golden "coins" made of chocolate tossed to onlookers by Centennial celebrants, too!

The evening's closing ceremonies for the Centennial concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at 8 o'clock, compliments of the Centennial sponsors.

Christmas in the City will also feature:

Photos with Santa at GO ART! (5-9 p.m.)

Stores & Restaurants Offering Specials & Entertainment (5-9 p.m.)

Holiday Window Decorating Contest (5-9 p.m.)

Horse & Wagon Rides on Center Street (across from Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle) (5-9 p.m.)

FREE Shuttle Rides from Save-a-Lot to Wonderland of Trees at Holland Land Office Museum (5-9 p.m.)

Batavia Concert Band in the Batavia City Centre (6-6:45 p.m.)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

(Sponsors: GOLD: The Batavian, Tompkins Bank of Castile & Tompkins Insurance)

November 19, 2015 - 3:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, centennial, Christmas in the City, Human 100.

As part of the city's ongoing Centennial celebration, there is going to be an aerial photograph taken of the "Human 100." The city is calling for 500 volunteers to stand "in cheery formation dressed in festive blue, white or gold wintry wear!"

This crowd shot in the form of the number 100 will take place at Austin Park on Friday, Dec. 4th, within lineup forming at 6:15 p.m.

An additional volunteer opportunity in celebration of the Centennial will take place immediately following the Human 100 photo shoot.

All will get to walk alongside the Centennial Cake in the Holiday Parade that kicks off this year's Christmas in the City festivities. There's one condition: Participants must be wearing blue, white or gold to be in the parade!

The route is along Jefferson Avenue and walkers will get chocolate coins to toss to rapt and merry parade watchers.

Questions? Call Vibrant Batavia is 738-7388 or contact Leanna Di Risio at:  [email protected]

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