Weekend Fun in Reston and Herndon

Weekend Fun in Reston and Herndon

Portal, 2014, Mylar, fossils, variable dimensions by Rebecca Kamen is on display at the gallery at Reston Town Center from Dec. 1-Feb. 13.

Portal, 2014, Mylar, fossils, variable dimensions by Rebecca Kamen is on display at the gallery at Reston Town Center from Dec. 1-Feb. 13. Photo by Gary Freeburg


”Seussical the Musical” will be at the NextStop Theatre in Herndon from Dec. 4-20. Bring the whole family for the musical spectacular.


“Seussical the Musical.” Dec. 4-20. Times vary by performance. NextStop Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. Bring the whole family along for this musical spectacular featuring all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters! The cast of Seussical features local young actors in 3rd through 11th grades. $25. 866-811-4111. boxoffice@nextstoptheatre.org.

Gingerbread Village at Hyatt Regency Reston. Saturday, Dec. 5 through Thursday, Dec. 31. The Hyatt Gingerbread Village is a holiday tradition presented annually since the hotel’s opening in 1990. The sweet, whimsical, classic holiday village scene is on display in the main lobby. reston.hyatt.com.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19. 4-9 p.m. Departures on Market Street in front of Talbots at Reston Town Center. $5 per person; children 5 and under ride free. All proceeds benefit local charities. www.restontowncenter.com/holidays.

Mini-Train Rides. Sundays, Dec. 13, 20. Noon-4 p.m. Pick up on Market Street in front of Talbots at Reston Town Center. Donated proceeds benefit local charities. www.restontowncenter.com/holidays.


”When it rains, it pours” by Yeong-hi Paik will be on display at ArtSpace Herndon’s Korean Pop Art in America from Dec. 8-Jan. 10.

Korean Pop Art in America Exhibit. Tuesday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Jan. 10. ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St., Herndon. Featuring selected works of modern art trends in Korean Pop Art from the Han-Mee Artists Association of Greater Washington (HMAA). The exhibit features the art of invited guest artists Kyungjoo Park, Robert Yi, Chris Mona, and Franc Rosario along with participant artists of Han-mee. http://www.artspaceherndon.com/korean-pop-art-in-america/. 703-956-9560.

Holiday Gift Wrapping. Dec. 19-22, Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents St., Reston. Gifts will be beautifully wrapped while you shop or work, same-day service. Donations benefit 22,000 needy kids with school supplies. Presented by Kids R First with support from the Hyatt Regency and Appalachian Spring. kidsrfirst.org. appalachianspring.com.

All-comers' Group Fun Run at Potomac River Running. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston. For beginners or competitive runners, come out for a fun, low-key run that is safe and social. For more information, call 703-689-0999 or visit https://potomacriverrunning.com.

Rebecca Kamen: Continuum. Dec. 1-Feb. 13. Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston. Kamen. Informed by research into cosmology, neuroscience, history of science, and philosophy, Kamen’s abstract sculptures and paintings connect common threads across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what scientists see. restonarts.org. 703-471-9242.

Patrick Dougherty Public Art Installation. Through 2017. Reston Town Square Park, 11900 Market Street, Reston. See and explore “A Bird in the Hand,” a monumental public art sculpture made from tree saplings. The event is presented by GRACE in collaboration with IPAR. For more information, call 703-471-9242 or visit http://restontowncenter.com/index.php.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion – 2015-2016 Season. November through March. Open daily. 11900 Market Street, Reston. For more information on rates, rentals and schedules, call 703-709-6300 or visit skating@restontowncenter.com.

Portrait and Figure Painting with Jordan Xu. Wednesdays, Nov. 4-Dec. 23. 7-10 p.m. ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon. Come and learn how to paint portraits and figures in oil, acrylic or pastel from a live model. In this class you will gain the knowledge of basic painting concepts and techniques such as value, color temperature, composition and transition. Step-by-step instructions will take you through the entire process of a painting. Fee: $250. Registration required at http://www.artspaceherndon.com/portrait-and-figure-painting-with-jordan-xu/. For more information, call 703-956-6590.

Community Performances. December through the holiday season. 11900 Market Street, Reston. Street performances of music and dance performed by a variety of local groups. For more information and schedules, visit http://www.restontowncenter.com.

Wednesday-Saturday/Dec. 9-13

Conservatory Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Check for times. Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. More than 85 area students make holiday magic come to life performing in Conservatory Ballet’s 43rd annual production of The Nutcracker. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. 703-476-4500.

Friday/Dec. 11

Senior Tea. 1-2 p.m. ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St., Herndon. Every month seniors are invited to visit the gallery to view the current exhibit and enjoy a cup of tea on the second Friday of the month. Free. 703-956-6590.

Encore Chorale Holiday Choral Concert. 7:30 p.m. United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston. Features holiday and seasonal pieces. Guest artist for the concert will be violinist Heather Haughn of the West Shore Trio. Audience will be invited to join the chorale in a sing-along of holiday favorites. Free. http://encorecreativity.org. 301-261-5747.

Friday-Saturday/Dec. 11-12

Herndon Towne Square Singers. Friday, 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. NextStop Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. The Herndon Towne Square Singers present their holiday performance of holiday songs old and new. Following the concert enjoy refreshments and a group sing-along, to which all are invited. $10 per person. herndon-va.gov. 703-787-7300.

Saturday/Dec. 12

National Wreaths Across America. Noon. Chestnut Grove Cemetery, 831 Dranesville Road, Herndon. A short ceremony will be held at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon followed by the placing of wreaths on about 500 veterans’ graves there. 703-582-1640.

Community Holiday Performances. 7 p.m. Fountain Square, 11900 Market St., Reston. Musical performances by Oak Hill Elementary School.

Train Ride and Santa Visit. Noon-6 p.m. Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston. Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad will be taking visitors for a spin around the park. See the lighted Christmas tree and inflatable seasonal decorations. Make a holiday project to take home, gather around the campfire and listen to holiday music, and enjoy warm drinks and treats from the food vendor. $10. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lakefairfax. 703-471-5414.

Community Irish Ceili and Set Dance. 6:30-10 p.m. Frying Pan Park Visitors Center, 2739 West Ox Road, Herndon. Call for directions, 703-437-9101. Wear flat, comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing. Holiday headgear for a chance at an extra door prize ticket. $15. 703-631-9179.

Storybook Holiday Featuring “The Polar Express.” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Herndon Community Center, 814, Ferndale Ave., Herndon. Children and parents are invited to celebrate with the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department at a holiday-themed event - A Storybook Holiday. Children will visit with Santa, create a craft, play in the kiddie open gym, and listen to a reading by a special guest reader in costume of “The Polar Express.” $9 per child. herndon-va.gov. 703-787-7300.

Korean Pop Art in America Opening Reception. 7-9 p.m. ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St., Herndon. The exhibit features the art of invited guest artists Kyungjoo Park, Robert Yi, Chris Mona, and Franc Rosario along with participant artists of Han-mee. Free. http://www.artspaceherndon.com/korean-pop-art-in-america/. 703-956-9560.

Saturday-Sunday/Dec. 12-13

Movies and Mimosas-“A Christmas Story.” 3-5 p.m. Bow Tie Cinemas, 11940 Market St., Reston. See the classics how they were meant to be see-on the big screen. $5.50, $1 for Loyalty members. bowtiecinemas.com. 703-318-1801.

Sunday/Dec. 13

Christmas at the Farm. 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon. Enjoy a special holiday visit and take a wagon ride with Santa through the woods and fields.Activities include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Tickets: $8-$10. 703-437-9101.

Sundays/December 13, 20

Mini-Train Rides. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 11900 Market Street, Reston. All aboard for rides up and down Market Street, departing in front of Talbots beside Fountain Square. Donated fee benefits local charities and the event is presented by Reston Town Center. For more information, visit http://restontowncenter.com/index.php.