Santa Claus ditched his sleigh and traveled to Tysons by Silver Line Metro. His Nov. 14, 10 a.m. arrival at Tysons Corner Metro Station signals the start of the first wave of holiday shopping in one of America’s premier retail destinations.
“Tis the Season to Ride Silver to Tysons” is a joint campaign by WMATA, Tysons Partnership, and Tysons Corner Center to raise awareness of the new Silver Line Metro rail service to Tysons. All across Tysons, hotels, restaurants, landlords and merchants are rolling out a silver carpet of welcome and offering “Silver Saturday” discounts to customers who present a Metro SmarTrip fare card. “Silver Saturdays” will begin the first Saturday after Thanksgiving and continue through the end of the year. Carolers are singing Silver Season jingles and Santa has set-up shop at the Tysons Corner Mall through Christmas.
Every hotel in Tysons is offering Silver Saturday room rate discounts of 5 percent to customers who show a Metro fare card. Courtyard Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Sheraton, Hilton Garden, Embassy Suites and Westin are all encouraging visitors to shop, eat, drink and spend the night.
“Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good, so for goodness sake, do like Santa does: ditch your sleigh and ride the Silver rails to our exciting new downtown,” said Michael Caplin, president of Tysons Partnership – an association of business and civic leaders working together to double the size of Tysons and create a great new American city.
Tysons Corner Mall will illuminate a 50’ holiday tree on Saturday, Nov. 29, and has already opened a skating rink in the new Tysons Plaza – northern Virginia’s challenge to Rockefeller Center in NYC. “Holiday travelers can visit the White House holiday tree and ride the Silver Line to the Tyson holiday tree,” said Caplin. Tysons Galleria, also located at the Tysons Corner Metro station, has its own glamorous holiday decorations and retail special events.
For more information, contact Tysons Partnership: www.tysonspartnership.org.