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Batavia, Mooseheart kick off holiday season with lights

Batavia and Mooseheart will kick off the Christmas season this weekend with plenty of sparkling lights.

Mooseheart’s third annual Holiday Lights show this year will feature more lights and animated displays than in past years.

“We started getting phone calls at the end of October asking if we were doing holiday lights again,” Mooseheart Executive Director Scott Hart said. “People are starting to make it a family tradition.”

The show, featuring a 1.8-mile lighted tour of the century-old campus, will operate from 5 to 9 p.m. every day through Dec. 31. Tickets are $10 a vehicle, with 3-D classes available to further enhance the show available for $1 a pair.

All of the proceeds go to support Mooseheart Child City & School.

“It helps us with our food and clothing budget and the education of the children,” Hart said.

This year’s show features about 400 lighted displays, including a 200-foot solid light tunnel. All of the lights in this year’s show are LED.

“We really like the look,” Hart said. “It’s a lot sharper.”

Also new this year is a special lighted display at the stately 1929 New York Home, which is near the midpoint of the show. Visitors can tune their radios to an FM station and listen to music while the lights go on and off in a choreographed show.

The fully-lit tunnel will lead to Santa Claus’ appearance at the Mooseheart Fieldhouse. Santa will be at the Fieldhouse eight nights this year from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. Children can sit on Santa’s lap, and adults can bring cameras to take pictures.

A coupon is available at Information can be found on the website or by calling 630-906-3601.

Batavia also will be aglow during the Celebration of Lights festival at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the Batavia Riverwalk at Houston Street and Island Avenue in downtown Batavia. The event, presented by the Batavia Park District, will feature free hayrides, a community sing-a-long, a visit with Santa and the ceremonial tree lighting.

Those who attend are urged to down to head to North River Street at 4 p.m. before the festival for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating River Street’s streetscape improvements.

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