2022 Reston Holiday Parade: Musicians, performers, Santa and the Missus celebrate 31 years of holiday joy.

Hours before the 31st annual Reston Holiday Parade passed through Reston Town Center along Market Street, families and couples placed chairs curbside along the half-mile route to guarantee a good view of the festivities. 

It took more than 100 volunteers to bring the parade to life, along with Boston Properties who hosts the Reston Holiday Parade along with and community partners. USA Today again nominated the Reston Holiday Parade as one of the Best Holiday Parades according to the parade emcees Angie Goff and Marina Marraco of FOX 5 DC.

The parade featured over 30 groups of musicians, dancers, and characters, from the Jokesters to Snowettes, who performed amid Macy-style helium balloons. And let's not forget Santa and Mrs. Claus in their horse-drawn carriage as the grand finale. The Clauses rejoined the festivities later that evening for the Tree Lighting at Fountain Square.

Ticketed horse-drawn carriage rides started on the day of the parade and will continue every Saturday until Christmas. Check back weekly when tickets become available. One $30 ticket per party of five to six persons is required. 

Mini-train rides are available on Sundays.

Proceeds will be allocated to Volunteer Fairfax, Leadership Fairfax, CORE Foundation, Cornerstones, Kids R First, and Friends of Reston.

The Reston Holiday Parade is nominated for the USA Today 10Best 2022 Readers' Choice Award for the Best Holiday Parade. Voting ends Mon., Dec. 5; vote at


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Zach Blair, Delilah Russell, Calleigh Russell, and Kenneth Blair set their chairs out curbside for the parade. Not pictured, Wayde Blair and Emily Blair 

2022 marks the tenth year Kirk and Sara brought their growing family to the Reston Holiday Parade. From left, Kirk; Jack, 10; Alexis, 8; Madeline,12; Sara; and Charlotte, 1 ½.

August Rivers, a South Lakes High School junior, sings the national anthem beside emcee Angie Goff of FOX 5.

The crowd at the Fountain Square Bandstand applauds.

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