Welcome the Holiday Spirit to Reston!

Posted on November 22, 2018 by

We all know that the day after Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. Here at the Reston Town Center, this launch is taken to a higher level with an all-day celebration of all things yuletide! From Gingerbread Man races and the Holiday Day Parade to Santa’s arrival and the tree-lighting ceremony, the Reston Town Center will help you get into the holiday spirit!

Below is a schedule of all the events held on Friday, November 23rd. For more information, visit https://restontowncenter.com/holidays/. We can’t wait to share in the good cheer with you!

8 a.m.

All stores, restaurants, and ice skating open early.

There’s also the Gingerbread Man Mile Race for Kids, sponsored by Potomac River Running.

11 a.m.

Experience the 28th Annual Reston Holiday Parade!

See Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, costume characters, and more welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage.

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The merriment continues as Santa and Mrs. Claus head to the information center for afternoon visits and photo ops. There also will be mini-train rides. All donations will benefit local charities.

5 p.m.

The Conservatory Ballet will give a spirited holiday performance of music and dance in front of the holiday tree in Fountain Square.

6 p.m.

Tree lighting and sing along in Fountain Square.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to light the huge holiday tree, followed by a half-hour of traditional songs led by The Reston Chorale and a brass quintet.

6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides.

All proceeds benefit local charities. $5 per person; children 5 and under ride free with adult.