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Celebrate 2o Years (and growing!) with Reston Town Center

20th Annual

Reston Holiday Parade

Friday, November 26, 2010 – A Full Day of Events

Holidays are Here at Reston Town Center – Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary!

“Defining. Inspiring. 20 Years”

Reston, VA – Reston Town Center presents the 20th annual Reston Holiday Parade on Friday, November 26 at 11:00 AM, launching the festive season with Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, and more, in a one-of-a-kind, one-hour parade along Market Street, welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. The parade is on rain or shine. (Full day’s schedule follows below.)

For 2010, the 20th annual Reston Holiday Parade is a celebration of a milestone year at Reston Town Center, commemorating its 20th anniversary with the theme “Defining. Inspiring. 20 Years.” (Brief history included below.) Radio personalities Chilli Amar and Carson, of MIX 107.3, will be emcees of the parade, at two locations on Market Street.

At least seventy (70) groups, amounting to approximately 500 participants, are expected to march in the 2010 Reston Holiday Parade, which attracts a crowd of 10,000 spectators each year. After the parade, special performances by elves Wally and Victor of Those Funny Little People are scheduled throughout the afternoon. Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay for visits and photos until 4:30 PM, and will return to light up the huge Christmas tree at 6:00 PM, with help from Washington, DC radio legend, Cerphe, as emcee.

Holidays are Here! Friday, November 26, the day after Thanksgiving, from 8 AM until 10 PM, is a full day of events full of holiday cheer and charity at Reston Town Center: 

8 AM: Reston Town Center retailers open early

8 AM: Run with Alan Webb: 10th annual races for tots to teens to benefit Neediest Kids. Donation of $5 for participation encouraged. Participants can register at www.neediestkids.org.

11:00 AM: 20th Annual Reston Holiday Parade

12:30 – 4:30 PM: Visits and Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Donations will benefit local charities.

1 PM; 2:30 PM; 4 PM; 5:30 PM: Those Funny Little People (4 performances)

Enjoy entertainment performed by the renowned elves, Wally and Victor.

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 the charity, Volunteer Fairfax. 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. Open every day for public skating until March.

Holidays are Here! 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 are scheduled for Saturday afternoons, December 4, 11, and 18, from 2 PM until 7 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 www.restontowncenter.com.


Reston Town Center, 20th Anniversary – A Brief History of Reston Town Center:

The successful, oft-emulated mixed-use Reston Town Center began on October 18, 1990 with the dedication of the iconic Mercury Fountain at the grand opening of Phase One – the block between Library and Presidents Street – with two Class-A, 11-story twin office buildings that incorporated shops, restaurants, and a movie theater, plus the 519-room Hyatt Regency Hotel. The thriving retailers on site included Appalachian Spring, Clyde’s, Williams Sonoma, Paolo’s Ristorante, the 13-screen cinema, and more. Today, Reston Town Center boasts more than 50 stylish shops and 30 restaurants. Build-out of this urban core of the planned community of Reston was completed from 1997 through the 2000’s with additional developers, high-profile tenants in office towers and more retail complementing upscale residential townhouses, condos, and apartments. Reston Town Center has truly served as it was planned by Reston founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr., as a community gathering place with shopping, dining and entertainment. The centerpiece of Reston Town Center is the civic plaza of Fountain Square and the open-air glass Pavilion, a hub for special events of all sizes and ice-skating in winter. www.restontowncenter.com

The 20th anniversary logo was designed by Jonathan Cronin, winner of the design contest sponsored by Reston Town Center in 2009.

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