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What to do for Thanksgiving in Reston

Thanksgiving Reston

Happy Thanksgiving from some real turkeys (who, no lie, showed up at my friend's house on Thanksgiving day!)

I love Thanksgiving weekend--there is so much to do and so much fun to be had. I wish it could last longer. If you're new to Reston, or just want some new ideas about what to do this weekend, here are some of my favorites.

Donate Food to Those in Need

Before the weekend, consider donating food to Cornerstones--a fabulous Reston-based organization that makes a real difference in people's lives. The Reston Community Center, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and Cornerstones have joined to collect food. You can drop off non-perishable food and other items from November 1 - 24 at the Reston Community Center's Hunters Woods and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community. Visit the web page for a list of items they really need.

Dinner Out

If you don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving, I suggest visiting Vinifera at the Westin Reston. They are offering a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday buffet for a reasonable price: $49 per adult; $20 per child ages 5-12; and $7 per child ages 5 and under. They're located at 11750 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA (703) 234-3550. Call for reservations. Or if you have a hankering for something else, check out this list of Northern VA restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner.

Reston Holiday Parade

An annual tradition on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Reston Holiday Parade has grown in every way. Macy's-style balloons, musicians and marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, and more make up this one-of-a-kind, one-hour procession welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus for the season. The 2014 Parade Theme -- "Home for the Holidays" -- invites adults and kids alike to join the fun to celebrate home, family, and freedom! Come early to get your free sleigh bells. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. at Reston Town Center.

Tree Lighting and Sing Along

After you've warmed up from your morning at the Holiday Parade, come back to the Reston Town Center for the annual tree lighting and sing along at 6:00pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to magically light up the huge Christmas tree in Fountain Square. After that is a traditional holiday sing along led by The Reston Chorale and brass quintet. From 6:30 until 10 pm, horse-drawn carriage rides are available, embarking from outside of Talbots on Market Street. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Shop for Gifts from the Heart

Shop at the annual "Gifts from the HeART" from December 1 to January 5 to benefit Cornerstones. Sales of original works of two- and three- dimensional art in many mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, clay, mixed media, photography, and fiber are available--and make great gifts. Come to the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne and find the perfect gift!

That should do it--after all, you need plenty of time to lounge around and visit with your family and friends!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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