The Festival of Lights (also known as Hanukkah, Chanukah or Hannukkah) is right around the corner. Although it doesn’t start till December 22, there are many events that start before then! From Hanukkah parties to Menorah lightings, this list is sure to be a helpful guide to make sure you enjoy 8 “not too crazy” nights!
Sunday, December 15 // 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Join the CSZ Religious School as they present ‘The Magic of Hannukah’. A fun and educational celebration that will have singing, a magic show, jelly donuts (Suffganiyot) and latkes!
Sunday, December 15 // 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Head to the Home Depot to build your own menorah! Music & Refreshments will be provided. Fun for the whole family!
Sunday, December 15 // 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Head to Aish to see if you can create (and win) for the best Chanukah dessert! This Torah, fun, friends event is for Jewish girls in grades 5-8.
Thursday, December 19 // 6:00 pm
Join Aish for Chanukah dinner and festivities before heading over to Beaumont’s Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams!
Thursday, December 19 // 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Head to Zingerman’s deli for a latke food tasting and meet Lauren Ranalli who is the author of the book The Great Latke Cook Off. Not only will you eat delicious food, but you’ll hear her read as well!
December 22 – 24
This two day Chanukah event is sure to be wonderful and fun for the whole family with tot town, crafts, dreidel bounce and a menorah parade!
Sunday, December 22 // 4:30 pm
Kick off Hanukah in downtown Detroit! This 9th annual event starts at 4:30 with entertainment (like face painting, marshmallow roasting pit, a snack bar and more) and refreshments followed by the lighting of the menorah, where there will be live music and a fire show!
Monday, December 23 // 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Head to this special Menorah lighting on the second night of Hanukah for latkes, donuts and gelt!
Thursday, December 26 // 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Celebrate the 5th night of Hanukkah with Beth Ahm. Enjoy a candle lighting, latke bar, games and more.
December 27 // 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
This event is open to everyone. Come connect with community, rest, recharge, rejuvenate. Tot Shabbat with singing, a story and pizza.
Saturday, December 28 // 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Join Temple Israel as they celebrate the 7th night of Hanukah with a raffle, latkes, an ice cream sundae bar and more!
Menorah Lighting @ Downtown Royal Oak
Sunday, December 29 // 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Head to Royal Oak and join its first menorah lighting ceremony downtown. There will be a carving demonstration, kids activity zone, donut bar and fireworks show!
A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanza @ Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit)
December 29 & 30
Come and see marionettes dance and sing at the DIA and learn how different cultures celebrate the holidays.
About Emily Price
Emily Price is a registered dietitian who recently moved back to metro Detroit after living in New York City for 10 years. She is so happy to bring her East Coast hubby and two daughters, Phoebe and Josie, to her hometown of Huntington Woods and looks forward to exploring all the great things Michigan has to offer. Emily likes to spend time with her family, break a sweat at a Zumba class, and enjoy a glass of Cabernet.