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Where you’ll want to be Saturday: Rink-side sipping hot coco while your children let loose on the newly opened Reston Town Center Ice Skating Rink. The best part – it’s all in the name of charity.

By the end of the week the Pavilion will be transformed into a glistening Ice Skating Rink.  And in keeping with the longtime tradition, on opening weekend, Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, 50% of proceeds go to support Character Counts! Reston Coalition.

So lace up your skates, because we’re out to raise funds for one of the biggest character education programs in the nation. Character Counts! Reston Coalition directly impacts our local students with programs like Ethics Day for South Lakes High School seniors. This non-profit initiative is designed to help youngsters and adults develop and practice the six pillars of good character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.

The wishes tossed into Mercury Fountain are donated regularly to Character Counts! Reston Coalition, but this weekend we want to mix philanthropy with fun while making a lasting impact on our children.  (Parents, this can also be a springboard into a conversation with your kids about why character counts and how to develop it!)

Excitement is high because installation of the rink has already begun with the glass dasher boards installed, but we are waiting for clearer weather to start up the underground chilling system and begin the flooding to transform the Pavilion floor into the spectacular ice rink! And don’t worry if you’re a little rusty on the ice, the Reston Town Center Skate Shop has any rentals or lessons you may need!

For those who would rather meet their Saturday morning cartoons than watch them, there’s a Saturday Morning Cartoon Skate 11am – 1pm. Also, don’t miss Friday Night Rock ‘n’ Skate every Friday night 8-11pm with a live DJ, games and prizes. There’s lots of fun to be had at the Ice Skating Rink, so bundle up and kick the season off with us this weekend!

The holidays are coming to Reston Town Center on Friday, November 23! We’re pleased and excited to announce the 2012 theme “Come Out to Play!” celebrating the child in all of us with games of every shape and size – from board games and yard games, to card games and organized sports! We’re also delighted to honor Bruce Butler as this year’s Grand Marshal, he recently retired from South Lakes High School where he served as Assistant Principal for seven years and as an award-winning Principal for another  seven! So join us for a playful day of holiday celebrations with activities, festivities and events for the whole family!

Black Friday
We like to think of this day as “Parade day,” but it’s also Black Friday to the rest of the world, so stores open at 8 am instead of 10 am for those who want to do a bit of shopping while the kids are “running” around before the festivities.

The Gingerbread Man Mile
The day starts off bright and early at 8 am with the Gingerbread Man Mile fun run for kids ranging from toddlers to high schoolers. Presented by Potomac River Running, registration is free and all donations benefit Neediest Kids!

8:00 am – 6-7 year olds (1 mile)
8:15 am – 8-9 year olds (1 mile)
8:30 am – 10-11 year olds (1 mile)
8:45 am – 12-14 year olds (1 mile)
9:00 am – High School Division (1 mile)
9:10 am – 4-5 year olds (approx .4 mile)
9:20 am – Tot Trot (2 blocks)

There’s a reason to run as fast as you can; race winners get to take part in the parade following the race!

The Reston Holiday Parade
The event we’ve been waiting for all year starts at 11 am sharp, so “Come Out to Play! ” – we had fun with the logo, hope you do too!   The parade has been a tradition since 1990 with Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dance numbers, cars, community groups and more, but most importantly it’s become a family tradition for many who join us year after year to watch the holidays come alive.  And each year Santa and Ms. Claus are featured at the end of the parade, wishing everyone another memorable and joyous holiday season! So come out early for a good spot, and come dressed for any type of weather, as the show goes on no matter what!

It wouldn’t be the Holiday Parade without the bells! Volunteers will be handing them out to children along Market Street prior to the start of the Parade so they can clap and jingle for the participants! Once the Parade has started, any remaining bells will be handed out near the fountain and Ice Skating Pavilion. Our goal is to make sure every child can receive a bell, thus, we strictly limit distribution to children. The 20 and up crowd, we understand your pain, we love the bells too, but we want to make sure the little ones have the most magical holidays and we appreciate your cooperation.

Visits & Photos with Santa
Once Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way over from the Parade, they will be available for visits and pictures from 12:30 – 4:30 pm by the information center. You can take home a 5” x 7” souvenir portrait when you donate any amount to South Lakes High School Chorus, who will be providing volunteers for the event!

Tree Lighting and Sing Along
The day isn’t over yet, Santa and Mrs. Clause still have more work to do! At 6 pm a horse-drawn carriage will whisk the pair down Market Street to the giant Christmas Tree. And as everyone gathers around, the whole crowd will close their eyes, count to three, and with a mighty wish, help Santa light up the tree and Reston Town Center for the holiday season! At that moment, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Reston Chorale and a brass quintet will lead the merry bunch in Christmas carols and holiday melodies. Song books are provided before the tree lighting and after Santa heads back to the North Pole.

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
The sounds of horse hooves clip clopping down Market Street and sleigh bells can only mean one thing … carriage rides! Starting at 6:30 pm, get picked up in front of Talbots on Market Street and enjoy a ride through the newly lit Reston Town Center. Rides cost $5 per person, (children 5 and under ride free!) with all proceeds benefiting Volunteer Fairfax, who also provides volunteers for the evening.  But don’t worry if you can’t get a ride that night, carriage rides will also be available Saturdays in December, 4-9 pm benefiting different local non-profits.

December 1, benefits Reston Rotary
December 8, benefits Character Counts! Reston
December 15, benefits Reston Interfaith
December 22, benefits Volunteer Fairfax!

Volunteer
This special day wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of faithful volunteers each year. So if you want to experience the holiday celebration from “inside,” email volunteer@restontowncenter.com for more information on volunteering!

Ice Skating
The sparkling ice skating rink will be open from 9 am – 11 pm for those whose holidays aren’t complete without some winter fun on the ice. Any skating supplies you may need are available in the Skate Shop next to the Pavilion.

Gingerbread Village at the Hyatt Regency Reston
Don’t forget to visit the Gingerbread Village, a tradition as old as the Parade, on display in the Hyatt Regency Reston lobby from November 21 – December 27. Let the sweet aromas of gingerbread and candy take you back in time as you look through the intricate holiday village made completely of confection. The village takes five days to make and 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 and 90 pounds of candy. So go and literally feast your eyes!

We look forward to seeing you there, and if you’d like to see more pictures of last year’s festivities, check out our Facebook page!

Fall is finally here – the weather has cooled down, school has started, and you’re ready to get back on track. Now’s the time get active, and get a jump start on the cold winter months…and maybe some of the activities and events at Reston Town Center can help!

Here’s what we’ve got coming up:

Join Potomac River Running for their weekly fun run on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. This low key group run led by store staff and members of various local training groups allows runners of every pace and experience to feel at home in a casual setting! The free program is a great way to meet new people and add some structure to your training schedule.  They also have a special free kettlebell group session on Saturday, September 29, 9-10 am in the Pavilion for those who want to increase their strength!


Get Active with Athleta at one of their many health and fitness classes or workshops! This month check out their Nutrition Club on Sundays 10:30–11:30 am; explore juicing as a cleanse or way to simply increase your fruits and veggie during the raw cuisine juicing class on Sunday, June 23. They also have a Run Club on Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm, but if running isn’t your thing, they have a Cardio Happy Hour Tuesdays, 6-7 pm.  For moms looking for a fun way to get active and meet other moms, they offer a Rolling Stroller meet-up on Wednesdays from 10-11 am, but if you want to roll a little faster, the Power-to-the-She Cycle Club may be a good fit (meets Saturdays along with The Bike Lane’s 20 mile morning ride 9-11am). And for those who prefer to chat and socialize instead of gasping for air, there is a Walk Club that meets Sunday Mornings from 9:30-10:30 am for a 3 mile walk around Reston Town Center. Athleta is also celebrating National Yoga month with Yoga classes on Saturdays September 22 (Pavilion) and 29 (in the store) from 8-9 am. All these activities are free, so get involved and try something new!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Candlelight Rally is only one mile, but raises support and awareness for The Alzheimer’s Association research that can reclaim the future for millions. So join us in the Pavilion at 5pm on Sunday, September 30 for a special walk and candlelight rally.

Help the Homeless Walk at Mayflowersis coming up on Thursday, October 4, 12 pm to support Reston Interfaith’s program to raise awareness and funds to prevent and end homelessness in our community. The brief walk from Mayflowers to the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter and back (about a mile or so) and is a good, social way to enjoy the great outdoors while helping your community. Reston Interfaith will receive a $50,000 bonus incentive through the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless program if 4,000 people walk, so gather your friends and register now!

Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K, Pumpkin Smash Mile and Kids’ Pumpkin Dash are on Saturday, October 6, starting at 8:00 am for a fun morning where the whole family can get out and play. You can run, walk, or jog any of the three spooktacular events while enjoying a beautiful day outside with family and friends celebrating health and the fall festive season! The Great Pumpkin 5K is for families, joggers, and those rare few who can sprint over three miles. The Pumpkin Smash Mile is more of a speedy mile-long costume party complete with prizes for best costume! And then last but not least, the little ones get to run it out in the Kids’ Pumpkin Dash – costumes are a plus! A pumpkin decorating contest will also be going on throughout the event, so bring your energy, creativity and sport your best Halloween costume!

Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma is a celebration of light and life for the noble cause of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. The event starts with food, festivities and a remembrance ceremony in memory of those who have lost their battle against blood cancers, followed by the two-mile walk, then more food, carnival games, live music by MOJO and celebrations galore! Register now and get more details here.

And once you’re back on track this fall, you can be ready for our winter events!

PRR has several winter running events at Reston Town Center. They can wrap up your fall with the Nearly Naked Mile on November 10; Gingerbread Man Mile (for kids!) on November 23, Run with Santa 5k on December 9, and finally the New Year’s Day 5k!  For registration and information visit http://www.prraces.com.

And you can’t forget Reston Town Center’s favorite winter activity, ICE SKATING! The rink opens in the Pavilion on November 1 and will be open daily (including holidays) with lessons available for those of us that haven’t laced up our skates in a while.

All of these events and activities are great ways to build a fun, active lifestyle, support your community and keep you and your family fit. So register for one or all of them and get out here!

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.

See all our pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/restontowncenter

“Run, run, fast as you can! Can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

Can YOU run like the Gingerbread Man?

Once you’ve stocked the refrigerator with your turkey and pumpkin pie leftovers, kick off the 2011 holiday season by running the inaugural Gingerbread Man Mile for Kids!, an event that we are sure the whole family will love. Join Potomac River Running and Reston Town Center for a little bit of running and a whole lot of shopping! Registration is FREE and all donations benefit Neediest Kids.

Kids can run like the Gingerbread Man at the Kids Mile Fun Run. The course covers a 1-mile loop around Reston Town Center. Once kids finish, they can enjoy delicious gingerbread cookies.

Registration and Information at http://www.prraces.com/gingerbread/

Holidays are HERE! at Reston Town Center

After a thrilling morning of tiny tots racing down Market Street, get set for a day full of holiday festivities!  Stores open at 8 am for the early Reston Town Center shopper, and the Ice Skating rink is open all day – as is the Hyatt’s giant gingerbread village, on display in the lobby! Beginning at 11 am is the 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade, complete with Macy’s-style balloons, floats, community groups, antique cars, and more!  From 12:30-4:30 enjoy visits and photos with Santa.  He’ll be checking his list right next to the Skate Shop before heading back out to light up Reston Town Center and the holiday tree at 6 pm.  Join him in Fountain Square for the official start of the Holiday Season, sing carols along with the Reston Chorale and hop on board  a horse-drawn carriage to round-off  wonderful wintry day!

The great melt-down is complete in Reston Town Center! Gone are the days when adults and children alike would bundle up and take to the ice, dancing across the rink like junior Olympians (or like awkward uncle Fred trying to maneuver without his walker, depending.)  As spring peeks its head on the horizon, it warms the frozen Restonian tundra and the ice rink is transformed into a rocking summer festival and concert venue!

Though it’s sad to see the once gleaming ice of the skating rink melt away, it is exciting to look forward to all the music and events in the warmer months to come.

Workers shovel slush from what remained of the Ice Skating Rink on March 15th.

Kicking off the long list of events hosted in Reston Town Center this coming season was the Clyde’s St. Patrick’s Day event, on March 17th.  Visitors celebrated their inner Irish with Bacon and Kegs, the Running of the Leprechauns, corned beef, green beer, and festive music.   Did you miss it? Never fear!  There are plenty of upcoming festivals taking advantage of Reston’s fabulous spring weather.  These include the Great Grapes! Wine, Arts, and Food Festival; Uncle Julio’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Pet Fiesta, Fine Arts Festival, and many more!  Find out more information on these and all Reston Town Center events by clicking on the Events Calendar.

Springtime in Reston Town Center. Where Outside is In!

* * * UPDATE * * * Due to last week’s SPECTACULAR weather, the ice skating rink opened on Sunday, October 31. Come out this Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6 when 50% of all proceeds benefit “Character Counts!!

Reston Town Center’s Ice Skating Pavilion is scheduled to open for the season with a very special fundraiser and a long-standing tradition. Reston’s “Character Counts! Coalition” will receive 50% of proceeds from the skating rink’s opening days of Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30, 2010. The proceeds will help fund development programs offered by the Coalition, including the annual Essay and Poster Contest, and sponsorship of Ethics Day at South Lakes High School.The opening of the Ice Skating Pavilion is weather dependent, and the season officially starts on November 1.

Public skating, with skate rentals available, will be open daily, including holidays, until March 2011. For more information, call the skating hotline at 703-709-6300.

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, character education initiative designed to help youngsters and adults develop and practice the basics of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The Reston CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition assists this effort by providing leadership, coordination, and resources to promote character development throughout the community. Coalition Members include the Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Reston Interfaith, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Citizens Association, YMCA of Reston, and the office Fairfax County Hunter Mill District Supervisor, CathyHudgins.

The Fountain at Reston Town Center came on March 11th with the arrival of the warmer weather.

The fountain came on today at Reston Town Center – a sure sign to locals that we’re trading the gloomy days of winter for some much needed fresh air and outdoor fun!

Speaking of outdoor fun, the ice skating rink remains open for the time being – so if you’re trying to get your final fix of winter fun, come on over! Just give the skating rink a call first to make sure they’re open as the days go on. You can reach them on the skating pavilion hotline at 703.709.6300

Reston Town Center presents the Reston Holiday Parade today beginning at 11:00 AM!  2009 marks the 19th year of the holiday parade, launching the festive season with Macy’s-style balloons, musical groups, dancers, antique cars, and more, in a one-of-a-kind, one-hour parade along Market Street!  This year’s parade welcomes the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage.

The parade is on rain or shine – so come on out for a fun filled day!  Schedule is listed below.  Photos coming soon!

  • 11:00 AM: 19th Annual Reston Holiday Parade
  • 12:30 – 4:30 PM: Visits and Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Located on Market Street, next to Talbots. 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, followed by traditional holiday songs led by Reston Chorale and brass quintet.
  • 6:30 – 10:00 PM: 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. Open every day for public skating until March.

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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).

One of many colorful balloons at the Reston Holiday Parade in 2008.

One of many colorful balloons at the Reston Holiday Parade in 2008.

Reston Town Center presents the 19th annual Reston Holiday Parade on Friday, November 27 at 11:00 AM, launching the festive season with Macy’s-style balloons, musical groups, 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. (See full schedule below.)

At least seventy groups, with one to fifty in each group, are anticipated for the 2009 parade. Popular favorites from past years that are returning this year include The Hogettes, The Jokesters, GottaSwing dancers, Reston Conservatory Ballet, Bull Run Street Rods,

South Lakes High School Marching Band, Langston Hughes Middle School Panther Cheerleaders, Northern Virginia Firefighters’ Emerald Society Pipe Band, Regimental Drums & Fifes of Northern Virginia, Children of the Light dancers, Paul Mitchell School, ArtInsights, F.I.S.H., a team of horses from the Misty Brae Farm Pony Club in Aldie, antique and classic cars from the National Capital Jaguar Club and Mustang Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, fire trucks, VIPs, including Reston founder Robert E. Simon, Jr., and much more. For event information, visit www.restontowncenter.com, or call 703-689-4699.

Holidays are Here! November 27 is a full day of events full of holiday cheer and charity at Reston Town Center:

  • 8 AM: Reston Town Center retailers opening early
  • 8 AM: Run with Alan Webb: 9th 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: 19th Annual Reston Holiday Parade
  • 12:30 – 4:30 PM: Visits and Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Located on Market Street, next to Talbots. 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, followed by traditional holiday songs led by Reston Chorale and brass quintet.
  • 6:30 – 10:00 PM: 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. Open every day for public skating until March.

Santa’s Studio: Santa Claus will be at Reston Town Center in his portrait studio throughout the season. Dates and times vary, November 28 until December 24. His schedule is posted at his location on Market Street next to Talbots, and at www.restontowncenter.com.

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 5, 12, and 19, from 12 PM until 4 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.

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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, visit www.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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