Hanukkah Celebrations in the Triangle
Menorah lightings, crafts, festivals and more — these celebrations mark the eight-day Jewish festival of lights in the Triangle
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Hanukkah 2018 begins the evening of Sunday, Dec. 2, and ends Monday, Dec. 10. To help you celebrate in the Triangle, we’ve compiled these celebrations for the festival of lights. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Chag Sameach!
Nov. 25, 1-3 p.m.
Join other Jewish families to decorate Hanukkah ornaments at a discounted price of $5. Snacks and fun will be provided. RSVPs are required for this event due to limited seating. UPDATE: Registration for this event is closed due to capacity. Please email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist.
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh
Nov. 25, 2 p.m.
Enjoy a family Chanukah concert from local band, Mishpacha (Hebrew for “family”). Mishpacha’s music is influenced by a variety of musical genres including folk, rock, blues, jazz, flamenco, klezmer and classical.
Strickland Road Home Depot, Raleigh
Nov. 28, staggered entry from 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Children 4 years and older can create dreidels and handy candle boxes at this make-and-take workshop. Get a free workers apron and enjoy music and refreshments. Space is limited and fills up fast. There is no charge for this event but reservations are required.
Temple Beth Or, Raleigh
Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Community members will have a chance to not only support local Jewish artists, but will be able to purchase unique gifts for their friends and loved ones just in time for the holidays.
North Carolina Museum of Art, West Building, Raleigh
Dec. 2, noon
View the Museum’s Hanukkah lamps and create your own sculptural lantern to take home. Free art-making activities for all ages. No reservations necessary.
Levin JCC, Durham
Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m.
Join for a day of food and festivity as we celebrate Hanukkah this season. Enjoy food, crafts and games for children, and wares to browse and purchase.
Falls River Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios, Raleigh
Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m.
Kids ages 5-8 can celebrate the Festival of Lights with an afternoon of traditional foods and activities. Make homemade latkes (and of course sides of applesauce and sour cream) and Hanukkah cookies, and spin the dreidel. Register online. Class is $39.
Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.
Chanukah Wonderland for Children, Apex Community Center
Holiday games, crafts, learning and more.
Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.
Ice Menorah Lighting Show, 220 N. Salem Street
Incredible ice menorah Lighting, donuts, hot drinks, live music, fire show and remarks from Mayor Olive.
Lafayette Village, Raleigh
Dec. 2 at 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Join for a Grand Menorah Lighting at 5 p.m. and a Gelt Drop at 5:15 p.m. Featuring Winterpast Farm Petting Zoo and live music by Top Notch Entertainment. Donuts and hot drinks provided by Chabad Center of Raleigh.
Beth Meyer Synagogue Social Hall, Raleigh
Dec. 2 at 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Join in celebration of Hanukkah with a group menorah lighting (bring your menorahs from home), fun crafts for the kids, latkes, festive foods and more. This fundraising event is open to the community. Proceeds benefit ongoing teacher education and financial aid programs at Beth Meyer Preschool. Click here to purchase tickets.
Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
Dec. 5 at 4:45-5:45 p.m
Join for an annual public menorah lighting on the upper floor outside Sears. Menorah lighting at 5:15 p.m. Featuring a 3D virtual reality game machine experience.
Cary Arts Center, Cary
Dec. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Join the Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary, Town of Cary, Beth Shalom and the Cary Chabad for a menorah lighting to celebrate Chanukah.
Judea Reform Congregation, Durham
Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
Enjoy a build-your-own taco bar catered by NanaTaco, latkes, dreidels, games and crafts, tacky Chanukah outfit contest and more. Purchase tickets online.
Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center, Raleigh
Dec. 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
Join PJ Library and Camp JCC as we welcome a new week a latke bar with lots of fun toppings, as well as songs, stories and crafts. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas! This family event is free, but RSVPs are required so we can be sure to have enough latkes and craft supplies for everyone. Please RSVP by Dec. 3.
North Hills Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios, Raleigh
Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m.
Your little chef will enjoy an evening making some of favorite Chanukah recipes, including potato latkes, homemade apple sauce and jelly donuts. Register online. Class is $39 and dinner is included. UPDATE: Registration is full.
More Hannukah Fun
- Hanukkah Videos and Movies to Watch Together
- Hanukkah in a Box
- Hanukkah Activities to Do With Your Kids’ Class
For more seasonal events, visit our daily calendar.
This article was updated Nov. 20, 2018.