Reston Area Events in December 2015

Here are some local holiday highlights and other events happening this month in Reston, Herndon, and the surrounding areas of Northern Virginia. For our full holiday events calendar, refer to the 2015 Guide to Holiday Events in Reston, Northern Virginia, and DC. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2015 Black Nativity by Langston Hughes 8pm: CenterStage at the Reston…

November 30, 2015

‘Tis the Season for Creative Eggnog Cocktails (Plus, Bonus Dairy-Free Recipe!)

Poof! Just like that, fall is over and the winter holidays are upon us. We thought we’d kick off this joyful season with a new batch of cocktail recipes that are sure to be a hit at your next party. This year, we are focusing on eggnog — the deliciously creamy and decadent custard drink….

November 30, 2015

The 2015 Guide to Holiday Events in Reston, Northern Virginia, and DC

NOTE: This events calendar is from 2015. The guide to 2016 holiday events can be found HERE. Ready or not, here come the holidays! Here are some of the greatest celebrations of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa in Reston and the surrounding areas of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 Tysons Corner Center’s…

November 15, 2015

A Restonian Goes to Washington: A Peek inside the White House Holiday Tour

Most of us never get to take the White House Holiday Tour. Luckily, one of our very own Reston residents, Alisa Ades, was able to score exclusive passes and snap some pics with her iPhone to share with us.

December 24, 2014

The Inside Scoop on the Hyatt Gingerbread Village

Every December, the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Reston features an intricate gingerbread village created out of hundreds of pounds of sugar and flour. Visiting the gingerbread village is an annual holiday tradition for many Reston families, and a cherished part of the holiday experience at Reston Town Center. The gingerbread village is a charity fundraiser that…

December 23, 2014

Tysons Corner Center’s Christmas Market and Winterfest 2014

It’s the final weekend before Christmas, so with any luck, you’ll be spending the next few days smugly relaxing at home with all your holiday preparations finished. But more likely, you’ll be spending the weekend rushing around the mall with the rest of us procrastinators. If you’ll be heading to Tysons Corner Center over the next few days,…

December 19, 2014

Shopping Reston’s Small Businesses for Handmade Holiday Decorations

When people think of shopping for holiday decorations in Reston, they probably think of Target and Home Depot, and perhaps other chain stores like Pottery Barn or Williams Sonoma. But if you would rather have decorations that don’t look just like your friends’, or you’d like to support local businesses and independent artists, look beyond the chains. There are lots…

December 17, 2014

Holiday Home Tour: Allison’s Classic Christmas Elegance

It’s time for another holiday home tour! Home tours are some of my favorite things that we cover here at Modern Reston, and they are especially fun during the holidays. We have featured lush autumn decor and dramatic Halloween decorations in earlier tours. Now we are pleased to present our first Christmas home tour, Allison Romero’s elegant house in North Reston. As you approach…

December 11, 2014

The Customized, Tasty Gifts at Reston’s Chesapeake Chocolates

I’ve often been curious about the chocolate shop at Lake Anne Plaza. It’s always great to see a locally-owned business succeeding in Reston, but this one is particularly intriguing to me, because it’s such a charming little neighborhood store. And let’s be honest: anything involving chocolate is going to catch my attention. Probably yours, too. I’ve bought several…

December 8, 2014

Jingle on Lake Anne 2014: Photo Gallery

A steady rainfall couldn’t keep away children excited to see Santa at Jingle on Lake Anne yesterday. This holiday celebration takes place at Lake Anne Plaza each year, with crafts, gingerbread cookies, and visits with Santa. This year the inclement weather led to the cancellation of the annual petting zoo, but the other children’s activities…

December 7, 2014

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christkindlmarkt

[This article is from 2014. For this year’s schedule, refer to our article about the 2016 Reston Christkindlmarkt.] December is finally upon us! With it come the lights, decorations and festive merriment of the holidays. At Modern Reston, one of our most favorite holiday events is the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) Christkindlmarkt here in Reston. This year it…

December 3, 2014

Cox Farms at Christmastime: Winter Wonderland and Corner Market

If you have children in Northern Virginia, you’ve probably heard of the Cox Farms Fall Festival. It’s legendary. Each fall, a farm in Centreville transforms into a massive playground with more clever and hilarious details than I could list. It’s absolutely worth the half-hour drive from Reston. Because my family loves the fall festival so much, I…

December 2, 2014