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21st Annual
Holidays are here at Reston Town Center

AND: Gingerbread Man Mile for Kids

Friday, November 25, 2011

For Immediate Release
Novermber 3, 2011

Reston, VA – Reston Town Center presents the 21st annual Reston Holiday Parade on Friday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m. to launch the festive season with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, and more. This one-of-a-kind, one-hour parade along Market Street will welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. The Reston Holiday Parade is held rain or shine, and has been an annual tradition on the day after Thanksgiving every year since 1990. (Full day’s schedule follows below.)

The parade theme for 2011 is “Storybook Magic”, with huge balloons, floats, costumes, and music depicting favorite characters and stories, classic to modern. At least seventy (70) groups, amounting to approximately 500 participants, are anticipated to march in the Reston Holiday Parade, which attracts thousands of spectators from near and far. MIX 107.3 personalities, Carson and Chilli, will announce the procession from two grandstand locations on Market Street.  The Grand Marshal for the 2011 Reston Holiday Parade is Frank Bensinger, newly-retired principal of Forest Edge Elementary School and a Best of Reston honoree.

After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay for visits and photos until 4:30 p.m. and will return to light up the huge Christmas tree at 6:00 p.m. The tree lighting attracts a gathering of approximately 5,000 people to Fountain Square for a half hour Sing Along of traditional Christmas songs. Horse-drawn carriage rides begin at 6:30 p.m.

The 21st annual Reston Holiday Parade is also supported by balloon sponsors Reston Community Association and Reston Town Center Association.

Hundreds of volunteers help to make this community event a success, and those who wish to sign up can find the registration form online at For more information, email
Reston Town Center is located at 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. General information: 703-689-4699

Holidays are Here! Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving, is a day of holiday cheer and charity at Reston Town Center. Schedule: 

8 AM: Reston Town Center retailers open early
8 AM: Gingerbread Man Mile for Kids – Fun run and races for kids, toddler through high school age, to benefit the charity, Neediest Kids. Free to participate. Registration and information:
11:00 AM: 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade – Theme for 2011: “Storybook Magic”
12:30 – 4:30 PM: Visits and Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations will benefit local charities.
6:00 PM: Tree Lighting and Sing Along. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to magically light up the Christmas tree in Fountain Square, followed by traditional holiday songs led by Reston Chorale and brass quintet.
6:30 – 10:00 PM: Horse-drawn Carriage Rides. Proceeds benefit a local charity. Pick-up location is in front of Talbots on Market Street. $5 per person, children 5 and under ride free with adult.
All day: Ice Skating Pavilion. Public skating is open every day until March, including holidays. Hotline: 703-709-6300.
Holiday Gingerbread Village is on display in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Reston throughout the season.


Holidays are Here!
Community Performances: All through December, Reston Town Center will host performances of music and dance by community groups at Fountain Square, and strolling on Market Street.
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides: Saturdays – December 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 3 PM until 8 PM
All proceeds benefit local charities. $5 per person, children 5 and under ride free with adult. The Ice Skating Pavilion is open every day until March. See the schedules and more details at

Toys for Tots – live broadcast with MIX 107.3
Friday, December 16
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.: MIX 107.3 personalities Carson and Chilli will broadcast their afternoon radio show live from Reston Town Center Pavilion, along with members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, collecting new, unwrapped toys for their annual charitable drive.
Toys for Tots is a national charity program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which collects and distributes toys to less fortunate children whose parents may be struggling financially during the holiday season. It is the only charitable endeavor associated with the Department of Defense that reaches out to local communities.

The program was started in 1947 in California by Major William L. Hendricks. As of 2009, Toys for Tots collected and distributed almost five hundred million toys.

Established in 1990, beautiful Reston Town Center is an acclaimed outdoor venue offering more than 50 retailers, more than 30 restaurants, and a multi-screen cinema. At the center’s hub, the Pavilion hosts special events, concerts and festivals throughout the year, plus ice-skating in winter. Free parking in 6 garages. For more information on shopping, dining and events at Reston Town Center, visit Social media links for shopping, nightlife, other options, and mobile devices available at: (
Main Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190 T: 703-689-4699
Directions: From I-495 or I-66, take the Dulles Toll Road/Route 267 exit west to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light).

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Editors Note: Photos from previous parades and tree lightings at Reston Town Center are available for publication. Contact, or call Myers Public Relations, 703-476-9377.

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