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Special Events

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).

The McLean Community Center (MCC) has engaged AMS Planning & Research to provide support in planning future operations and programming.


Hearing from community members like you is important to this process, and we invite you to provide your input on the McLean Community Center’s provisions, programs and goals.

Five random survey entries will be selected to win a $60 voucher to use toward any MCC-sponsored activity, such as a class, summer camp, OFC day trip or dance or two tickets to an Alden Theatre performance. One-time use only up to $60.

Your responses will be confidential. Thank you in advance for your time and participation! The survey will end on Friday, Dec. 3

Click here to take the survey. 

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.–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.

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.


Friday, Dec. 17, 7–9 p.m.

Activity No. 4706.221

$5 per family of 4. 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).

Produced by the McLean Community Center

McLean Day 2022 Festival
Celebrating Our Hometown Since 1915
Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd.
Free admission.

Friday Night Fun! Rides Area Only
McLean Day 2022: Friday Rides
Friday, May 20, 2–10 p.m.
Questions? Contact events@mcleancenter.org.

Vote for Adult & Youth Candidates

MCC Governing Board Elections
Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Promote Your Organization, Community Group or Business. Artisans Welcome!
Exhibitor Space
Exhibitor Application Dates:
• Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 – Registration opens for Dranesville Small Tax District 1A residents and businesses only.
• Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 – Registration open to the general public.

Questions? Contact exhibitor@mcleancenter.org.

Show Your Community Spirit

 For more information, contact catherine.nesbitt@fairfaxcounty.gov or ashok.karra@fairfaxcounty.gov.