The creators of the newly opened $350 million Reston Town Center are staging an all-out debut this weekend of the development's holiday shopping season, complete with music, ice skating and the lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree.
The 20-acre center, which opened last month, has been planned to be a showcase of suburban design concepts.
The development consists of a central plaza, 60 shops and restaurants, an 11-screen movie theater, two 11-story office buildings and a 14-story hotel.
Plans call for the center to be expanded by about 64 acres in the next 10 years.
To attract patrons from as far and wide as possible, the developer, Reston Town Center Associates, has scheduled a month-long calendar of events that starts Saturday with street performances by dance troupes and musicians, the opening of a 105-feet-long outdoor public skating rink at 1 p.m., and the lighting of the tree.
Two-time Olympic ice skating champion Jo Jo Starbuck will perform on the rink with world-class skaters David Liu, Igor Shpilband and Suzanne Marie Semanick in shows starting at 1, 3 and 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the rink, which will be open to the public between performances and afterward through February, will benefit the Children's Inn, a program for terminally ill youths overseen by the National Institutes of Health.
On Sunday, the street festivities will resume, and at 2 p.m., skaters from greater Washington will take to the ice with Starbuck.
During Thanksgiving parades on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the town center in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by performers in holiday costume and the Arlington Brass Band.
Jewish folk dancers and the Fabrangen Fiddlers, a group of Jewish folk musicians, will welcome Hanukah with a celebration on Dec. 11.
Through Dec. 25 there will be children's programs every Tuesday night, band concerts on Fridays, performances by local choral groups on Saturdays, and carolers, street performers and ice skating performances on Sundays.