Christmas Cancelled in Batavia?

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 8:38 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 18, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 8:38 PM EDT

Batavia, NY (WKBW) -We've all heard of the Grinch who stole Christmas, but he had nothing to do with cancelling one local celebration. Christmas in the City has been a staple in Batavia for more than a decade and has brought festive cheer to thousands of residents. The event is aimed at promoting local businesses, but this year the event has been cancelled since there are not enough volunteers.

"When it came down to volunteers to work exclusively on that event, we just didn't have enough to fulfill it," said Batavia Business Improvement District Executive Director Don Burkel. "Time was running out to getting things in order."

Burkel says resources went into the Wine Walk, an event that drew more than 400 people in its first year. The Wine Walk took place in early October and Burke says the turnover was just too much for the not-for-profit. Batavia Business Improvement District hope to bring the event back next Christmas season new and improved and is encouraging residents and business owners to get involved.

"Anyone is welcome, business or not," added Burkel. "They can join us for next year, help us brainstorm, so we can make it a bigger and better event."

Despite that cancellation, something smaller is now being planned for B.I.D businesses. For more information visit: