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Monday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. - noon
Free admission. Registration is required.

Activity No. 4504.222


Enjoy the Fairfax County Public Schools' holiday by joining us for this FREE event that gives kids the chance to see, touch and explore some of their favorite cars and trucks.


Sunday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Free Admission


Produced by McLean Community Center for local pet owners and their beloved animals. Have fun at the park, see great pet tricks and demonstrations, find valuable pet-related information and get tips on products and services that can enhance the life of your pet and improve your experiences as a pet owner. A variety of exhibitors will be participating. Bring your leashed pets to show off their best costumes and join the fun for the Pet Parade at 3 p.m.! Take a picture of your pet and the whole family in the photo booth.

All dogs must remain on leashes sporting their dog licenses and rabies tags. Free parking at the Dolley Madison Library and MCC. Enjoy the music, giveaways and gourmet food trucks.


If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, visit mcleancenter.org/special-events/exhibitors.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 5-10 p.m.
Activity No. 4702.222
Free for all participants. Preregistration is required.

Calling all families of ghouls and goblins! Come join the Old Firehouse (in your best Halloween costumes) for a night of live music, games, food, contests and tons of candy!

Help Us and Have Fun! Families who wish to volunteer them- selves and their vehicles for Trunk or Treat can submit an email request to oldfirehouse@mcleancenter.org. Please include your name and your trunk theme and submit your request by Friday, Sept. 30. Volunteer hours are 4:30–10:30 p.m. Each family will receive candy to distribute to the trunk or treaters. Volunteer spots are limited.

It’s Back & Better Than Ever!
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: $10, Free for children age 17 or younger. Admission price is good for both days. Print this page for $1 off admission. 

Find the best assortment of antiques, art and collectibles at this highly celebrated show of more than 40 years. Spanning centuries, discover historical items, as well as the unusual, from scores of reputable dealers.


The show features antiques and decorative accessories including furniture, folk art, porcelain, silver, jewelry, books, paintings and prints, glass, carpets, vintage clothing, and much more. Vogue magazine said younger consumers feel, “Authenticity is big” and “Sustainable, stylish furniture with a story—and no supply chain issue? No wonder more people are out with the new, and in with the old.”


Relax with a cup of coffee or stay for lunch at the onsite cafe.


Proceeds benefit the James C. Macdonald Scholarship Fund. For a list of dealers, see www.dfshows.com.


Friday, Nov. 18, 7-9 p.m.
Old Firehouse Center
Activity No. 4703.222
$15/$10 MCC district residents


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 & 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.

Friday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission: $5 (for all three days of the show) Free admission for children 12 and younger.


Get in the spirit and celebrate this weekend of holiday cheer at the McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival! Produced by MCC for 40 years, this three-day, indoor show features approximately 80 talented, juried, regional artisans. Shop local, support the arts and find one-of-a-kind gifts for every budget. This shopping experience includes pottery, glass, jewelry, holiday decor, mixed media, fashion accessories, wood, fine art, artisanal foods and more. MCC provides a delightful venue, music and is ADA-compliant. Stay for coffee, pastries or lunch at the onsite café.

Show management is provided by the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild (NVHG). Founded in 1972, the NVHG, a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization, is dedicated to helping artists and crafts people exhibit and sell their work, promoting the development of arts and crafts in the community and supporting arts and crafts educational activities. For more information about NVHG or if you have questions about crafters, visit: https://www.nvhg.org or write mcleanshow@nvhg.org. 

Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30–8 p.m.

Activity No. 4505.222
$45/$35 MCC district residents

Celebrate the holidays with us! Families decorate a gingerbread house to make their own one-of-a-kind designs. We’ll supply a pre-built house, frosting and traditional and not-so-traditional toppings. Join us at the MCC for our annual fun, family tradition. Regis- tration includes one gingerbread house.


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

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. 9, 9 a.m.– 2:30 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


Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m–Noon
Activity No. 4506.222
$20 per family. Free for children age 2 or younger.

Milk and Cookies with Santa is a new event for families! Meet and Greet Santa and other holiday characters and enjoy cookie decorating and snowy crafts. Milk and hot chocolate will be served. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Register Now! Deadline for House Decorators: Friday, Dec. 9

Contest and Voting Runs Dec. 19–Jan. 1

Activity No. 4704.222


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:


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

Families who register for the competition will receive a thank you gift from the Old Firehouse.


Register online at oldfirehouse.org or call OFC at 703-448-TEEN (8336).