The holiday season kicks off at Reston Town Center Friday at the 22nd Annual Reston Holiday Parade.
Here is what you need to know:
*The parade begins at 11 a.m. See the attached graphic that maps out the parade route down Market Street. Get there early for a good viewing spot.
*The grand marshal is former South Lakes High School principal Bruce Butler, who retired in June.
*The parade, held rain or shine, lasts about one hour and admission is free. This year's parade theme is “Come Out to Play!”
*After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay for visits and photos until 4:30 p.m. and will return to light the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. The tree lighting will be emceed by DC radio personality (and Reston resident) Cerphe.
At 6:30 p.m. thousands will gather in Fountain Square for a half-hour sing- along of traditional Christmas songs. Horse-drawn carriage rides begin at 6:30 p.m.
More info: www.restontowncenter.com/holidays.
NOV. 23 RESTON TOWN CENTER SCHEDULE
8 a.m: Reston Town Center retailers open early
8 a.m: Gingerbread Man Mile – Fun-run and races for kids, toddler through high school age, to benefit the charity, Neediest Kids. Registration and information: www.prraces.com.
11:00 a.m: 22nd Annual Reston Holiday Parade – Theme for 2012: “Come Out to Play!”
12:30 – 4:30 p.m: Visits and Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Any donation for a 5 x 7” photo to benefit local charities.
6:00 p.m.: Tree Lighting and Sing Along. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to magically light up the huge Christmas tree in Fountain Square, followed by traditional holiday songs led by Reston Chorale and brass quintet.
6:30 – 10:00 p.m: Horse-drawn Carriage Rides. Proceeds benefit 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 Public skating is open every day until March, including holidays. Hotline: 703-709-6300, and more information at www.restontowncenter.com/skating.
Holiday Gingerbread Village is on display in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Reston throughout the season.