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Some of the great things about the day after Thanksgiving: you have leftovers for days, you’re finally able to listen to Christmas music without earphones, but best of all, there’s a full day of activities going on at Reston Town Center! In case you’re not the type to get up at 3 am after eating all that food to go shopping (there will be plenty of time for that later), it’s time to “Come out to Play” with friends and family on Friday, November 23, featuring the Reston Holiday Parade at 11 am!

Imagine standing next to a giant Christmas tree along Market Street (at an hour where the sun is out), cradling a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate (depends on how grown up you feel that day), while you excitedly wait for the Emerald Society Pipe Band to signal the beginning of the parade as the opening banner makes its way down Market Street toward you. Pipes blaring, you cheer, clap, and join in with hundreds of children ringing their jingle bells as legendary creator of Reston, Bob Simon, rolls by.

Dancers, musicians, acrobats, antique cars and more parade pass by while a few groups, like “Gotta Swing” and “Dynamix Salsa Dance Group” stop to really show off what they’ve got. There’s so much to see, but there’s no way you’ll miss those monstrous Macy’s-style helium balloons as they slowly float by, marveling in their wake. The line-up is different every year, but the nostalgia, camaraderie and merriment remain the same!  So come out and see what spectacles await!

And then FINALLY, after all the balloons, merriment and performances … Santa and Mrs. Claus, the ones we’ve been waiting for,  come clip-clopping into view down the street in their horse-drawn carriage waving, and bringing the magic of the Christmas spirit with them. And as you feel that tingly emotion all over, you know, officially, Christmas has arrived and it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

For more pictures of last year’s parade, check out our Facebook album!

We also invite you to join the rest of our memorable day – with the Gingerbread Man Mile (for kids!) at 8am, Visits & Photos with Santa 12:30-4:30pm, Tree Lighting and Sing-Along at 6pm, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides 6:30-10pm. More information at www.restontowncenter.com/holidays! And for a little preview of what the day is going to look like, check out this news clip with Reggie the Bear!

Whatever you do, we hope you and your family create a holiday season worth remembering for years to come!

Walking into the Hyatt Regency Reston before the holidays is like walking into a candy wonderland. Every year as you enter the lobby, the smells of baked spicy gingerbread and the sugary sweetness of frosting and candy invite you to explore every delicious detail of their Gingerbread Village. This sweet vignette can make anyone feel like a kid again – made entirely of edible treats the scene depicts a rustic snowy mountain village with a train whisking through it.

For five days Executive Chef Edward Deng, Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Key, and their team of engineers meticulously craft the highly detailed candy structures the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, carrying on a 22-year-old tradition that began when the Hyatt opened in 1990.

We all wish we could take a big bite out of it, but this magical creation may even be too sweet for Willy Wonka, amazingly containing:

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

And the result is spectacular!

 

So come by the Hyatt Regency Reston day or night, November 21 through December 27, and join in the holiday spirit with a favorite holiday tradition in Reston Town Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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