Posted by Ryan Cornell / Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
There isn’t any snow on the ground. Yet.
And the mercury seems to be stuck in the 50s. For now.
But that doesn’t mean Christmas spirit has to wait until the winter gets more…wintry.
Starting this Saturday at the 12th annual Winter Wonderland from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and cash donations for its Toys For Tots program. John Martin from MIX 107.3 will also be broadcasting live from the Common.
At the same time (10 a.m.), there will be a Children’s Storytime at the Barnes & Noble near the top of the loop. “Merry Christmas, Splat,” a book about a clumsy cat who wants to help his mom get ready for Christmas but makes a bit of a mess, is the featured reading.
Then from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., everyone’s favorite North Polish guy—after all these years, Santa’s gotta have dual citizenship by now—arrives by Arlington County fire truck. Probably because his sleigh is at the mechanic’s for a tune-up. Christmas is in two weeks, after all. He’ll be jolly and checking his list for the nice kids so that he can take photos with them and listen to what they want this year. This will be held in the gazebo.
Elsewhere in the outdoor shopping/dining center will be holiday songs from strolling carolers and some facetime with Jack Frost, who has been really slacking at his job lately.
Market Common Clarendon is two blocks east of the Orange Line metro stop at Clarendon Station
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