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Holiday Events in Herndon/Reston, Dec. 3-9

Holiday mini-book sale, Dec. 3-8. Friends of the Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. 703-689-2700.

Holiday concert, the Herndon High School and Herndon Middle School Orchestras will perform a holiday concert Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Herndon High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Free; all are welcome. Visit www.herndonorch.org.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5-7 p.m., at the Hiddenbrook Clubhouse, 1508A Saddlers Wells, Herndon, holiday shop that will benefit a needy family takes place. This family just lost the father to brain cancer and is now losing their home to foreclosure. A portion of all sales will go directly to the family, as well as the proceeds from the raffles. For more information or to donate a raffle item, contact Marybeth Henry at 703-766-0294 or mbbeauty@cox.net.

Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon and Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Road, Manassas, sponsor performances of Handel’s "Messiah," Dec. 5, at Floris and Dec. 6, at Grace, both at 7:30 p.m. The performers will be the choirs from Floris UMC and Grace UMC churches, as well as other area musicians. A free-will offering will be taken at the concert. The donations received will benefit Mercy Hospital in Sierra Leone, Africa. Visit www.florisumc.org or call the Floris UMC church office at 703-793-0026.

Saturday, Dec 6., holiday craft fair and secret shop, at Fox Mill Elementary School, 2601 Viking Drive Herndon, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission, open to the public.

The Holiday Homes Tour of Herndon will take place Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets on sale at the Herndon Dulles Visitor’s Center and the Herndon Florist both located on Lynn Street. $10/advance; $15/day of. Home locations: Quail Hollow, 761 Dranesville Road; 866 Vine St.; Merrybrook, 2346 Centreville Road; 630 Nash St.; 835 Elden St.

Traditional Christmas carols and other live music will be performed at the Washington Plaza Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Reston, Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m., in the church sanctuary. Visit www.washingtonplazachurch.com.

Holiday celebration, Lake Anne is celebrating the holidays with a petting zoo, entertainment, ornament making and a visit from Santa at Lake Anne Village Center in Reston. Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Visit lakeanneplaza.com for details.

The Herndon Chamber of Commerce stages its annual holiday celebration featuring the lighting of Herndon's Christmas tree, Herndon High band leading a in a carol sing-along, holiday music for the children and Santa Claus comes to town with presents for the little ones. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 6, 5-6 p.m., on the lawn of the Old Town Hall Square, 730 Elden St., Herndon.

A seasonal celebration, the Reston Chorale will perform Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Reston Community Center. $20 adults, $15 seniors and youth. Visit www.restonchorale.org.

Horse-drawn carriage rides, Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13, and 20, at Reston Town Center, from 12-4 p.m., to benefit local charities.

Holiday luncheon, an event for the family includes lunch and a reading of Christmas stories at Jasmine Café at Lake Anne Village Center, 1609 Washington Plaza, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. Call 703-471-9114.

Light Up Lake Anne. See the lakefront, plaza and a flotilla of boats lit up for the holidays and watch the Christmas tree lighting at Lake Anne Village Center, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Dec. 6, 6-6:30 p.m.

Spirit of Giving open house at JJDeli, located inside the Herndon Centennial Golf Course, Sunday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m., to help the soldiers at Walter Reed & Fisher House

Collection items being sought include hoodies, sweatshirts, T-shirts, boxers, winter hats and gloves, sweatpants, men and women pajamas, deodorant, Walmart and Target gift cards or monetary donations to Fisher House. Children can decorate an ornament and meet Santa. Collecting takes place through Dec 14.

Congregation Beth Emeth, 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon, is holding a Sisterhood Chanukah Boutique, Sundays, Dec. 7 and 14, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Gifts, candies, candles, toys and more will be available. Call 703-860-4515.

Holiday Decorating. This workshop, part of the Reston Town Center’s Pottery Barn Series, will be held Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. RSVP to 703-437-6001.

The Model Train and Railroad Art Show will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, 12-4 p.m., at ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. N-scale and HO trains will be running. W&OD museum and W&OD caboose also will be open. Free. Call 703-956-6590.

Breakfast with Santa. Have breakfast with Santa at McCormick and Schmick’s in Reston Town Center, Dec. 13-14, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tickets: $22/adults, $6.95 children, includes breakfast buffet and photo with Santa. Call 703-481-6600 for reservations.

Santa PAWS. Bring pets for portraits with Santa, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., next to the Skate Shop in Reston Town Center. Proceeds benefit GoodDogz.org to help homeless dogs and support rescue groups. Visit www.gooddogz.org.

The merchants of Worldgate Centre are hosting a free children's holiday workshop event Saturday, Dec. 13, from 2-5 p.m., at Worldgate Centre in Herndon. The event includes photos with Santa, holiday gift making, balloon artists, holiday musical entertainment, strolling magician, temporary tattoos. All activities are free. Parents are welcome to bring their own cameras. Gift-making project supplies are limited.

Caroling Dinner. The annual VOCE Caroling Dinner will be held at Jasmine Café in Lake Anne Village Center, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Call 703-471-9114.

Breakfast with Santa. Have breakfast with Santa at McCormick and Schmick’s in Reston Town Center, Dec. 20-21, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tickets: $22/adults, $6.95 children, includes breakfast buffet and photo with Santa. Call 703-481-6600 for reservations.

Christmas Eve Supper. Enjoy a Christmas Eve supper, Dec. 24, with live guitar music at Jasmine Café in Lake Anne Village Center, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston. Call 703-471-9114.

New Year’s Evening Celebration. Enjoy festive French fare, party favors and a champagne toast at Mon Ami Gabi in Reston Town Center, Dec. 31, from 5-10 p.m. Call 703-707-0233 or visit www.monamigabi.com/reston for reservations.

New Year’s Eve Special. Enjoy a New Year’s celebration, Dec. 31, with live music at Jasmine Café at Lake Anne Village Center, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston. Call 703-471-9114.