Lake Residents Invited to Hang Holiday Lights for Charity

Holiday Lights/Credit: FlickrThe area around Reston’s lakes should start looking especially festive soon.

That’s because it’s time for the 4th annual Festival of Winter Lights, an annual event that encourages residents to light up their lake-facing homes or boats with twinkling holiday lights.

The yearly yuletide event from the Lake Thoreau Entertainment Association (LTEA) helps create dazzling displays and also benefits a number of local charities.

From now until the first week of January, donations will be made to local organizations for every lit-up house, townhome, condo or boat facing one of Reston’s four lakes.

LTEA confirms that $10 per boat or home that hangs lights will be donated to Outward Bound Baltimore, an organization that teaches wilderness and survival skills to teens to help build their self-confidence and self-reliance, as well as $10 to Initiative for Public Art in Reston (IPAR).

In past years, the Festival of Winter Lights has raised as much as $10,000 for area nonprofits.

For more information about the challenge or to donate, email James Pan from LTEA at [email protected].

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