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 2019 begins the evening of Sunday, Dec. 22, and ends Monday, Dec. 30. 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!
We will continue to update this list as events get added.
Temple Beth Or, Raleigh
Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 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. 8, 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.
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh
Dec. 15, 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.
North Hills Midtown Pak Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios, Raleigh
Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.
Kids ages 5-8 or tweens ages 9-12 can celebratethe Festival of Lights with an evening of traditional foods and activities. Join us for homemade latkes, Hanukkah cookies, (and of course sides of apple sauce and sour cream), and spinning the dreidel. Register online. Class is $39.
Levin JCC, Durham
Dec. 15, 3-5 p.m.
Folks from all over the Triangle come to celebrate the Festival of Lights with kids’ activities, music, larger-than-life menorahs, and traditional fried food like latkes and sufganiyot.
Dec. 15, 4-6 p.m.
Join other Jewish families for an afternoon of Chanukah-themed paint-your-own fun! PJ Library families will receive a discount on ornaments and mugs to paint, and snacks will be served. Meet other Jewish families while making lovely art! RSVPs are required for this event due to limited seating.
Judea Reform Congregation, Durham
Dec. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a build-your-own taco bar, latkes, dreidel spinning contest, games, photobooth, tacky Chanukah outfit contest and more. Purchase tickets online.
Lafayette Village, Raleigh
Dec. 22, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Menorah Lighting Ceremony and Gelt Drop at 3:30 p.m. Donuts and hot drinks provided by Chabad Center of Raleigh.
Dec. 22, 3-5 p.m.
Menorah creation, donut decorating, crafts, game show, fun for all ages.
- 3-5 p.m.
- Chanukah Wonderland, Apex Community Center, 53 Hunter Street
- 5 p.m.
- Outdoor Menorah Lighting, 220 N. Salem Street
Beth Meyer Synagogue Social Hall, Raleigh
Dec. 22, 4-6 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.
Cary Arts Center, Cary
Dec. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Gather around the menorah to celebrate the traditions of Hanukkah. Enjoy music, a craft for kids, tasty holiday treats, and the chance to enter the dreidel guess.
Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center, Raleigh
Dec. 28, 5:30-7 p.m.
Join PJ Library 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. 23.
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. 24, 2019.