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Reston Holiday Parade

November 16, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm


Reston Town Center launches the festive season at the 27th annual Reston Holiday Parade at 11:00 a.m. with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, special guest emcees, and much more. The one-of-a-kind, one-hour, half-mile parade along Market Street also welcomes the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Since 1991, rain or shine, the parade has been an annual tradition on the day after Thanksgiving. Before the parade begins, thousands of jingle bells will be handed out to spectators along the route. After the parade, enjoy visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus Mini-Train rides until 4:30 pm and street entertainment. The Clauses will return for the Fountain Square Tree Lighting and Sing Along at 6 pm. Afterwards, on Market Street, horse-drawn carriage rides continue from 6:30 until 10 pm. Proceeds for the photos and rides benefit local charities. The acclaimed Ice Skating Pavilion is open all day and every day from November until March.

Friday, November 24, 2017– Schedule:

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Reston Holiday Parade – 27th Annual – Hometown Holidays!

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Santa & Mrs. Claus, visits and photos; Mini-Train Rides

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting & Sing Along

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Horse-drawn Carriage Rides


Since 2006, volunteers have distributed thousands of jingle bells to children attending the Reston Holiday Parade. Before the parade, kids can pick up their bells along Market Street and in Fountain Square, or find them by Mercury Fountain and the Pavilion after the event kicks off.

Parking: Effective November 18 through November 26, and December 16 through December 25, all garage parking will be free of charge at Reston Town Center. Garage parking is always free on weekends, federal holidays and after 5PM. Parking activation is not required during these times.

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