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Registration for House Decorators: Aug. 9–Dec. 10
Contest and Voting: Dec. 20–Jan. 2
Activity No. 4707.221

The Light Up McLean Holiday Decorating Competition is your opportunity to show off your home in all its holiday splendor! Think your holiday decorations are the best? Enter the competition and prove it! Your McLean neighbors will vote for the top two winners in the following categories:

Best Overall: Features an exceptionally attractive, unique and complete design that utilizes space and resources well.
Most Creative/Original: Features exceptional use of creative ideas and lots of originality is evident in the design.
Best Holiday Theme: Features eye-catching decorations that clearly communicate a fully conceptualized theme.

Register online by clicking the Activity No. link above or by calling OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).

Saturday,  Oct. 30, 5–10 p.m.
$5 per person; preregistration is recommended.

Activity No. 4704.221 

The Old Firehouse is transforming the inside of the center into the spookiest, scariest, walk-through experience in McLean. The House of Terror will be divided into two time slots:

• No Scares 5–7 p.m.: Participants can walk through the lighted path and view our actors and actresses with no jumps, scares or fears.
All Scares 7:30–10 p.m.: The effects are on, the lights are off, and the actors and actresses are out of sight and ready to surprise.


Trunk or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 30, 6–9 p.m.
Free for kids of all ages; preregistration is not required.

If the House of Terror isn’t your thing, no worries! Outside, the OFC's Trunk or Treat will have some music, fun and themed vehicles with Halloween candy to share while supplies last.

Friday, Nov. 12, 7–9:30 p.m.

Activity No. 4705.221

$15/$10 MCC district residents


Join us for an evening of fun and prizes! Enjoy free popcorn and winners will take their pick of prizes! Preregistration is recommended.


Register by clicking on the Activity No. or call OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).


It’s Back & Better Than Ever!
Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
$10; free for children ages 17 and younger. The admission price is good for both days. Print this page for $1 off admission. 

Welcome back to the McLean Antiques Show & Sale. This is more than just an antique show, it’s a special event! The show features an exceptional group of dealers representing American, English and
European antiques, decorative accessories, furniture, folk art, porcelain, silver, painting, prints, linens, Oriental carpets, rugs and much more. Relax for a cup of coffee or stay for lunch at the onsite café.

Proceeds benefit the James C. Macdonald Scholarship Fund.

For more information and a list of dealers, see dfshows.com

Mason Young
Managing Vice President of Corporate Development for Capital One

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

Free admission; preregistration is required. Register here.

Join us for some in-depth conversations with community leaders, ranging from business owners to athletes to politicians. The goal of the conversation series is to bring together accomplished individuals locally and nationally for discussions that get to the heart of intriguing topics and reflect McLean Community Center’s commitment to serving as a marketplace of ideas within the community. The conversation series will be hosted by MCC's Youth/Instructional Programs Manager Christian Hayes (co-host of WGN Podcast).

Mason Young is a member of the Corporate Development team at Capital One. The team is responsible for acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships and strategic growth initiatives across all of Capital One’s business lines. Find out more.


Guests in the McLean Community Center (MCC) conversation series events will be added and announced on an ongoing basis.


If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in the conversation series, please contact Christian Hayes at Christian.Hayes@fairfaxcounty.gov



Early November through mid-January 2022

Enjoy the serenity of winter lights in McLean Central Park. 

Check this page for fun pop-up events in the park during this time.

Friday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission: $5; free for children ages 12 and younger. The admission price is good for all three days of the show.

Enjoy a weekend of holiday cheer at the McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival! This highly anticipated, three-day, indoor show features up to 80 talented, juried, regional artisans. Shop local and find one-of-a-kind gifts for every budget. Including pottery, glass, jewelry, holiday decor, mixed media, fashion accessories, wood, fine art, artisanal foods, soaps and more. MCC is ADA compliant and provides a delightful venue, music and onsite café. 

Questions? Please contact mcleanshow@nvhg.org

Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30–8 p.m.
$45 per family/$35 MCC district residents

Activity No. 4504.221  

Celebrate the holidays and start a new family tradition with us! Families decorate their own one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses! We'll supply a pre-built house, more than 20 traditional candies, toppings and frosting. The program will be held in person, however, families can make arrangements to pick up their purchased houses and supplies to use at home. 

Notes: Parental supervision is required for children ages 12 and younger. Products may contain dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts and other allergens.

Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
$10 per family. Only ONE registration is required per family. Register in advance as space is limited.
Activity No. 4505.221 

Join us and take a photo with Santa in a contactless, outdoor environment with social distancing. Our photographer will take a photo and email it to you. You can also leave a letter for Santa in a special mailbox.

McLean Community Center is helping the American Red Cross with Diverse Blood Donations!
It is urgent for donors of all ethnicities to support patients in need!

Thursday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean Va. 22101

Join us and support the community with your lifesaving blood donation. All donors will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card via email.


For an appointment, click here or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor word: HEARTOFGOLD, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) Eligibility Questions: Call 1-866-236-3276.

Questions? Contact Melanie Hurley at melanie.hurley@heartogold.org or Meosha Hudson at 410-375-5190 or meosha.hudson@redcross.org.