Hanukkah is almost here ~ the Jewish Festival of Lights begins at sundown December 2 and ends at sundown on December 10. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of lights and the Jews victory over the Greeks, you can learn more about Hanukkah at this link. Charlotte has several opportunities to celebrate Hanukkah from public menorah lightings to celebrations at local temples. Here is our round up of Hanukkah events and our top picks for snagging your jelly doughnuts 🙂

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Charlotte Hanukkah Celebrations

December 1, 2018

Levine JCC Hanukkah Extravaganza 5 PM-7 PM
Activities include games, songs and crafts. Dinner is included in the cost
Geared towards grades K-5
$10 for Members and $15 for Non-Members


December 2, 2018

Menorah Lighting SouthPark Mall 4 PM-6 PM
Put on by Chabad of Charlotte, this celebration will include treats, family activities and music. The menorah will be lit at 6PM. Free


1st Night Menorah Lighting, Donut Truck and More
Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman, Davidson | 4 p.m.

Join the Jewish community and Temple Kol Tikvah as the welcome the holiday of Chanukah with a communal Menorah Lighting, music, face painting, donut truck and more.


December 3, 2018

Ice Menorah Lighting at Stonecrest (In the Fountain Plaza) 5 PM
Sponsored by Ballantyne Chabad, this celebration will include traditional Hanukkah treats, hot drinks, Hanukkah games, crafts and more. Free



December 4, 2018

Menorah Lighting Waxhaw (E. North Main Street in Downtown Waxhaw) 5:30 PM
Family friendly activities and menorah lighting. Free


Let’s Eat!

Jelly doughnuts are a must at Hanukkah, we suggest that you pre-order your doughnuts because they will sell out all over town! Snag your doughnuts at one of these local spots:

Dunkin Donuts
Your Moms Donuts
MJ Donuts
Suarez Bakery
Duck Donuts