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Run With Santa 5K Returning to Reston Town Center This Sunday

Run with Santa 5K 2014/Courtesy PR Races

Santa’s been training for this all year. What about you?

The 6th annual Cap Tech Run With Santa 5K takes place this Sunday, Dec. 4, at Reston Town Center.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The race begins at 8:30 a.m. You can run as an individual or a team. All teams must be pre-registered.
  • Online registration will close Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. Attendees can also register in-person, however.
  • Packet pickup is at the Potomac River Running Store at Reston Town Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 8 a.m.
  • The course starts and finishes on Market Street near Fountain Square. Affected roads include Town Center Parkway, Cameron Glen Drive, Fountain Drive, Reston Parkway, Sunset Hills Road, Market Street and Explorer Street.
  • There will be a free kids “fun run” (it goes a few hundred yards). For the fun run, registration will take place on race day. Little participants will receive a finisher medal for running the race. The fun run will take place around 9:30 a.m., after the 5k but just before the awards ceremony.
  • There will also be a costume contest with prizes. Runners are free to don festive suits or elf costumes. Go nuts.

Photo of 2014 Run With Santa 5K/Courtesy PR Races

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Santa to Visit Lake Anne Plaza by Barge This Saturday

Santa at Lake Anne/Courtesy Jingle on Lake Anne

Santa Claus himself will visit Reston this weekend, but he won’t be riding with his usual reindeer or sleigh. Instead, the all-knowing, all-seeing Christmas wizard will arrive on a barge.

St. Nick’s visit is part of Jingle on Lake Anne, an annual family-friendly holiday festival. The big day is set to include carolers, drinks, shopping and cookie decorating this year.

Jingle on Lake Anne is free and will take place rain or shine.

Here is the schedule of events for Saturday, Dec. 3:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Farmers and craft Market
  • 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Gifts from the Heart shopping event and reception
  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Cookie decorating/beer garden/mulled wine/activities
  • Noon — Santa arrives by barge
  •  Noon to 2:00 p.m. — Pictures with Santa
  • 6:30 p.m. — Tree Lighting and caroling

Photo: Santa on a barge/Courtesy Jingle on Lake Anne

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Santa’s Barge Arrives at Lake Anne Saturday at Noon

Santa at Lake Anne/Courtesy Jingle on Lake Anne

In true Reston fashion, Santa arrives in Reston via lake barge on Saturday.

St. Nick’s ride is the highlight of Jingle on Lake Anne, Lake Anne Plaza’s annual family friendly holiday festival. The day features strolling carolers, wine tastings, merchant specials, cookie decorating and much more.

Jingle on Lake Anne is free and will take place rain or shine.

Here is the schedule of events for Saturday, Dec. 5:

  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m – Farmers & Craft Market
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Reston Art Gallery Make-Your-Own Ornament Kids Crafts
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Reston Art Gallery Holiday Sparkle Exhibit
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Gifts from the Heart: Shopping Event and Reception at Reston Community Center Lake Anne
  • 11 a.m to 2 p.m. – Cookie Decorating, Crafts and Plaza Activities
  • Noon – Santa arrives by barge
  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Pictures with Santa
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Pet Photos with Santa at PetMAC
  • 6:30 p.m. – Tree Lighting and Caroling

Photo: Santa on a barge/Courtesy Jingle on Lake Anne

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Friday: Santa Takes Silver Line to Tysons Corner

Silver Season/Credit: MetroThe holiday season starts at Tysons Corner Friday with Santa arriving via Metro’s Silver Line.

No word if St. Nick is traveling by Metro from the end of the line at Wiehle-Reston East or taking the train all the way from the North Pole. But in any event, he will disembark at the Tysons Corner Station Friday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m.

Santa will be accompanied by more than a dozen needy children, who will have their pictures taken with Santa, enjoy lunch and pick out gifts from the American Girl store.

Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Partnership are also teaming together for “Silver Saturdays,” a holiday promotion to encourage Metro riders from across the region to visit Tysons by train.

The promotion includes discounts from more than 30 retailers, restaurants and hotels for Metro riders who show their SmarTrip card on Silver Saturdays this holiday season.

Santa will be at Tysons through Christmas as part of Visit Santa’s Magical Workshop & Observatory, presented by HGTV. The magical workshop is located in Fashion Court on level one between Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

The workshop will feature, of course, photos with Santa, as well as chances for kids to scan themselves  at the Naughty or Nice O’Meter; star in their own video; experience Elf-Ray Vision in Santa’s Observatory and more.

New this year: no waiting if you make pre-paid Santa visit reservations on this HGTV Santa HQ website.

There will be several chances to visit Santa in Reston as well. He will be available for visits at the Holidays are Here! parade at Reston Town Center on Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

He will also arrive via barge at Lake Anne on Dec. 6 at noon as part of Lake Anne Plaza’s Jingle on the Lake celebration.

Too soon for Christmas? Then take a ride on the Turkey Train at Reston’s Lake Fairfax Park this weekend.

Graphic: Courtesy of Metro

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