8 Fun Things to Do in McLean, VA for Thanksgiving Weekend (That the Whole Family Will Enjoy)

8 Fun Things to Do in McLean, VA for Thanksgiving Weekend (That the Whole Family Will Enjoy)

Hey there, McLean fam! Jay Caputo here, your friendly local realtor and guide for this corner of North Virginia.


As we gear up for Thanksgiving festivities, I can say that McLean is buzzing with an energy that's downright contagious! I wanted to drop in and give you the lowdown on all the wonderful, family-friendly happenings around town during this turkey-filled weekend.


So, get ready for a dose of holiday magic, because in this post, we're exploring the best Thanksgiving 2023 activities for the whole family. From whimsical festivals to a run that's more about fun than competition, McLean's got it all for everyone.


Let's dive into the excitement together and make this Thanksgiving one for the family memory books. Ready to explore? Let's roll! πŸ‚πŸ¦ƒπŸŽ‰


#1: Get Grounded and Grateful: Nature Trips in McLean, VA for Thanksgiving Weekend

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of McLean, VA this Thanksgiving weekend. We're known for our stunning fall hiking trails that unfold a vibrant tapestry of colors, which I talk about in detail here: Don't Miss These 8 Fall Foliage Hiking Trails in McLean, VA This Season.

Let nature be your companion as you ground yourself and embrace gratitude amidst the splendor of autumn. πŸ‚πŸŒ³

#2 and #3: Thanksgiving 2023 Activities for Kids: McLean, VA Edition

As the holiday season unfolds, McLean, VA, comes alive with delightful events perfect for kids. Here are two fantastic activities that will add a sprinkle of joy to your Thanksgiving celebrations:

Kids & Family Festival Hosted by Trolls, Poppy, and Branch

  • Date & Time: Sunday, November 26 from noon to 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Shipgarten (7581 Colshire Dr McLean, VA 22102)
  • Details: Immerse your little ones in the magical world of Trolls! Join Poppy and Branch in a vibrant and interactive festival filled with music, games, and enchanting moments. It's a perfect way for kids to experience the joy of Thanksgiving in a lively and entertaining atmosphere.

Admission is FREE! Visit the event page for more details.

2023 Langley Crew Turkey Trot 5K

  • Date & Time: Saturday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: Langley High School (6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101)
  • Details: Get the family moving this Thanksgiving with the Langley Crew Turkey Trot 5K. It's not only a great way to instill the importance of health and fitness in your kids but also a wonderful opportunity to participate in a community event! Whether walking or running, the Turkey Trot promises a morning filled with fun and festivity.
  • 5K Registeration Fees: 
    • FREE for kids up to 5 years old
    • $25 for 6–18
    • $50 for 19 and up

To learn more and register, click here.

These events are sure to create lasting memories for your family this Thanksgiving. Don't miss out on the festive fun! πŸ¦ƒπŸŽ‰

#4: Tantalize Your Taste Buds: Thanksgiving Feasts at McLean, VA Restaurants

Craving a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast without the hassle of cooking? Well, you're in for a treat!

Discover the joy of savoring a delectable Thanksgiving meal at some of the finest restaurants in town. I've got the inside scoop on the best spots, making your dining experience as delightful as the season itself. Check out my blog post on the best restaurants in McLean, VA that are open for Thanksgiving 2023.

But hey, if you're leaning towards a cozy family gathering at home without the meal prep stress, I've got you covered too! Explore my guide on where to order your stress-free Thanksgiving meal in McLean, VA. Let's make this Thanksgiving a feast to remember! 🍽️🍁

#5 and #6: Grown-Up Gatherings: Thanksgiving Parties for the Young at Heart in McLean, VA

These events are great for Mom and Dad to chill out and unwind with other grownups this holiday. We all need that break sometimes! πŸ₯‚πŸ‚

Pre-Thanksgiving Reunion at Shipgarten

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, November 22, 8:00 p.m. 'til late
  • Location: Shipgarten (7581 Colshire Dr McLean, VA 22102)
  • Details: Don't miss the chance to kick off your Thanksgiving celebrations at the Pre-Thanksgiving Reunion at Shipgarten. Join the festivities, indulge in delicious treats, and bask in the joyful atmosphere with friends. It's the perfect way to set the tone for a memorable Thanksgiving season. Admission is free! πŸŽ‰πŸ¦ƒ

Joanne Shaw Taylor Live at Capital One Hall

  • Date: Saturday, November 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Capital One Hall (7750 Capital One Tower Road, McLean, VA)
  • Details: Don't miss the chance to witness Joanne Shaw Taylor's incredible talent. Grab your tickets and get ready for a night of exceptional music! 🎢🎸

Tickets start at $33.00. For specific event details and ticket information, visit Capital One Hall's Event Page.

#7: Thanksgiving Deals Galore: McLean, VA's Top Shopping Spots Await You

Level up your Thanksgiving weekend by indulging in some retail therapy right here in McLean, VA. Whether you're looking to get a head start on your Christmas shopping or just treat yourself, McLean's shopping scene is where it's at.

Explore the best shopping spots in McLean with this blog post: The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Shopping in McLean, VA, and Nearby. πŸ›οΈβœ¨

#8: Browse Through Homes for Sale in McLean, VA

If you're visiting our town for Thanksgiving or considering a move, why not make it extra special by exploring the beautiful homes for sale in McLean?

McLean is not just a place; it's an entire lifestyle. Imagine waking up to the serene beauty of our neighborhoods, each offering a unique blend of safety, excellent schools, and a strong sense of community.

To kickstart your journey to find the perfect home, I recommend using Brushstroke Properties' home search tool. It's a user-friendly way to discover the available properties and get a feel for McLean's diverse real estate offerings. Need a little guidance? Check out my step-by-step guide on finding homes for sale in McLean, VA here. Let the house hunting begin! 🏑✨

A Harvest of Memories

As we wrap up this journey through Thanksgiving in McLean, VA, I hope this guide has illuminated the vibrant tapestry of experiences awaiting you. From family-friendly events to nature excursions, delicious feasts, and the excitement of holiday shopping, McLean offers a harvest of memories waiting to be created.

May your days be filled with joy, laughter, and more cherished memories that will last a lifetime. I wish you and your loved ones a harvest of happiness and gratitude this Thanksgiving! πŸ‚πŸ¦ƒβœ¨

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