Friday, November 29
Discover a day of community, camaraderie, charity and cheer to kick off the holiday season!
Gingerbread Man Mile
Ice Skating All Day
From November 1 through mid-March the Pavilion floor is transformed into a gleaming ice skating rink. Skates and other supplies available at the Skate Shop (behind Clyde’s). For information about private lessons, birthday parties, and private or corporate parties, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
23rd Annual Holiday Parade – Destination: Reston!
An annual tradition on the Friday after Thanksgiving since 1990, the Reston Holiday Parade has grown in every way! Macy’s-style balloons, musicians and marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, and more make up this one-of-a-kind, one-hour procession welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus for the season.
The 2013 Parade Theme – “Destination: Reston” – invites adults and kids alike to join the fun via trains, planes, feets, and bikes!
This year the Masters of Ceremonies are Sonya Gavankar McKay, TV and Newseum Personality, and Devon Lucie, Channel 8. And we are honored to have the unofficial Mayor of Reston, Joe Ritchey as Grand Marshal.
No matter the weather, dress appropriately and cheer loudly – the Reston Holiday Parade is held rain or shine.
Visits and Photos with Santa – and Train Rides too!
Immediately following the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus circle around to the information center and stay for the afternoon for visits and photos. Take home a
5” x 7” souvenir portrait when you donate any amount to South Lakes High School Chorus, who will be providing volunteers for the event! Also, venture over to Talbots for a train ride on Market Street! Any donation for a ride benefits Volunteer Fairfax.
Christmas Tree Lighting & Sing Along
Join the magic as children and adults gather to watch the horse-drawn carriage bring Santa and Mrs. Claus down Market Street towards Fountain Square, resting in front of the Christmas Tree. Angie Goff, Channel 4, brings the crowd together in a moment where everyone closes their eyes and says 1…2…3…WISH! to help Santa magically light up the tree and Reston Town Center for the first time of the holiday season.
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
Enjoy a ride with friends, family, or community comrades through the newly lit lights of Reston Town Center in a horse-drawn carriage. Pick up is in front of Talbots on Market Street, first come first serve. $5 per person (children 5 and under ride free) benefits Volunteer Fairfax, who provides volunteers for the evening! Reston Town Center also hosts carriage rides Saturdays in December!
Enjoy a ride with friends, family, or community comrades through the twinkling lights of Reston Town Center in a horse-drawn carriage. $5 per person (children 5 and under ride free) benefits local charities who provide volunteers, so say hello!
Saturday, December 7, 4 – 9 pm
Saturday, December 14, 4 – 9 pm
Saturday, December 21, 4 – 9 pm
Holiday Performances – Fountain Square
Wednesday, December 4, 6 pm, Sunrise Valley Elementary School Chorus
Saturday, December 7, 12 pm, Dranesville’s Drumming Dragons
Saturday, December 7, 5 pm, Fairfax Choral Society
Friday, December 13, 7 pm, Oak Hill Elementary 6th Grade Chorus
Saturday, December 14, 7 pm, Metropolitan School of the Arts
Holiday Performances – The Promenade
Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 2 pm – South Lakes HS Choir Ensemble
Saturday, December 14, 1 pm – Reston Chorale Ensemble
Saturday, December 14, 3 pm – South Lakes HS Choir Ensemble
Sunday, December 15, 2 pm – Reston Chorale Ensemble
Saturday, December 21, 12 pm & 2pm – Tenor Tim McKee