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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).

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.

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.–2 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.

 

MCC will be accepting toy donations for Toys for Tots at this event.



Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 - Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022
Wednesday-Saturday, Noon–8 p.m. and Sunday, Noon–6 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. 
This experience will be closed on 12/23, 12/24, 12/25 and 12/31 in observance of County holidays.

Our gift to you! The experience is being offered for free with registration through December 2021. You can register for a one-hour timeslot by clicking here.

 

In “Traveling While Black VR,” the immersion of 360° footage draws viewers into living history lessons told around a booth in Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Washington, D.C. restaurant has been a mainstay of the African American community since 1958, bearing witness to significant Civil Rights milestones that are woven into the film in powerful snippets of footage. The Traveling While Black VR experience/film was directed by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams.

From the stirring memories of civil rights leader Courtland Cox to the heartbreaking words of Samaria Rice, whose young son Tamir was killed by police in 2014, VR allows Williams to connect the parallels of the past to the present. 

 

Please register for a timeslot. We will sign in participants at the top of the hour, with a short introduction to the Occulus VR set, followed by the film that lasts approximately 20 minutes.

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!


Friday, 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.

 

Friday, Dec. 17, 7–9 p.m.

Activity No. 4706.221

$5 per person. Preregistration is recommended.

 

Gather the whole family and come test your trivia knowledge at the Old Firehouse Family Trivia Nights. Participants will enjoy unlimited popcorn with the chance to win a delicious prize!

 

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

Friday, Feb. 4, 7–9 p.m.

$5 per family of 4. Preregisration is recommended.

Activity No. 4708.322

 

Gather the family and test your trivia knowledge virtually with the Old Firehouse. Participants will have the chance to win delicious prizes.

Friday, Feb. 11, 7–9:30 p.m.
 $15/$10 MCC district residents. Preregistration is recommended.

Activity No. 4709.322

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

Friday, Feb. 18, 7–9 p.m.
$5 per person. Preregistration is recommended.
Activity No. 4710.322

 

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, love snacks or want to get your hands dirty with some paint, come on down to the Old Firehouse for our Snack and Paint Night. Led by a professional art teacher, you will be able to create your own masterpiece with your family while having tons of fun doing so. All materials and snacks are included in the fee. Preregistration is recommended.