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.


Handmade Hanukkah Market

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.

Pop-Up Art: Festival of Lights

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.

Mishpacha Hanukkah Concert

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.

A Whole Latke Fun

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.

Hanukkah Festival

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.

PJ Library Klaystation Chanukah Pop-Up

Klaystation, Raleigh
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. 

Chanukah Palooza

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.

Grand Menorah Lighting and Gelt Drop

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.

Annual Town of Apex Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Wonderland

Downtown Apex
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

Lights and Latkes

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.

Menorah Lighting

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.

PJ Library Chanukkah Pajama Party

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


For more seasonal events, visit our daily calendar.

This article was updated Nov. 24, 2019.


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