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This year Reston Town Center celebrated the holidays with Disney Princesses, Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose, and even the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar! We are excited to announce our largest crowd ever, estimated at around 15 thousand people gathered down two blocks of Market Street! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day and a more thrilling turnout.

The day began with the Gingerbread Man Mile Run, a fun run for kids to race around Reston Town Center and then enjoy delicious Gingerbread Man cookies.

Next was the 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade celebrating the theme, “Storybook Magic!”  Characters from our favorite childhood stories marched, floated, and danced down Market Street alongside community groups, schools, and entertainers.  Chili and Carson from MIX 107.3 were the official emcees of the parade, keeping the crowds excited and informed of all the parade participants.  Santa Claus was once again the guest of honor, riding through last on his horse-drawn carriage and spreading with him tidings of joy for the new Christmas season.

Throughout the day were visits and photos with Santa, Ice skating, and a fantastic Gingerbread Village on display in the Hyatt Lobby!  Five days in the making, this delicious creation consists of 145 pounds of sugar, 100 pounds of flour, 2 gallons of molasses and honey, 1½ pounds of cinnamon and nutmeg, 15 pounds of pretzels, and 90 pounds of candy!

To round-off the perfect beginning to the holiday season, Santa and Mrs. Claus led thousands of spectators in the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Fountain Square.  With the help of all who believe, Santa lit the tree on the count of three, and then led the crowds along with the Reston Chorale in a holiday sing along.

View live footage of the 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade on Comcast Channel 28  in Reston on December 3,4,10,11,24, and 25 at 11am.  Also, view online at www.rctv28.com.

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Gingerbread Village

The Gingerbread Village, on display at the Hyatt Regency Reston through December 27, 2009

Visit The Gingerbread Village, a holiday tradition at the Hyatt Regency Reston since the hotel’s opening in 1990. Themed after a classic holiday village, the sweet and whimsical scene located in the main lobby is a kids dream come true.  Five days in the making the magical creation consists of:

  • 100 pounds of flour
  • 2 gallons of molasses
  • 2 gallons of honey
  • 145 pounds of sugar
  • 1 ½ pounds of cinnamon
  • 1 ½ pounds of nutmeg
  • 15 pounds of pretzels
  • 90 pounds of candy

The sweet aromas of gingerbread and candy embrace guests as they step through the front doors at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The seasonal scene is a favorite holiday tradition for the many patrons that visit The Hyatt Regency Reston, and its unique location and the celebrated Reston Town Center.

The Gingerbread Village is on Display through December 27, 2009 and can be found in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, VA 20190.

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Established in 1990, beautiful Reston Town Center is an acclaimed outdoor venue offering more than 50 retail shops, 30 restaurants and a 13-screen cinema. At the center’s hub, the Pavilion hosts special events, concerts, festivals throughout the year and ice-skating in winter.  For more information on shopping, dining and events at Reston Town Center, visitwww.restontowncenter.com, find it on Facebook, follow on Twitter (RestonTownCntr), read the blog “WhereOutsideIsIn.com”, or call 703-689-4699. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190

Directions: From I-495, take I-66 west to the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 67, Route 267 West) to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light).

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