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5 to Try for Hanukkah in Charlotte

Whether you prefer to bundle up with your family or show off your fancy holiday threads, here are five (plus one) Hanukkah happenings to put on your December itinerary.

Waxhaw Menora Lighting - Photo courtesy of Ballantyne Jewish Center

There’s something special about seeing the Charlotte skyline at night. When you add twinkling holiday lights and festive music, the Queen City seems to just sparkle. What better place to celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights? Whether you prefer to bundle up with your family or show off your fancy holiday threads, here are five (plus one) Hanukkah happenings to put on your December itinerary.

South Park Mall - Photo courtesy of Charlotte's got a lot

Build Your Own Menorah

Giant Lego Menorah
Sunday, December 2 at 5 p.m.

SouthPark Mall
Cost: Free

Chabad of Charlotte is bringing their annual Hanukkah celebration to SouthPark Mall. The Menorah Building Contest will be on display and children’s activities at Circle Court, between Nordstrom and Nieman Marcus. Come early to see the 50+ car Menorah Parade as it approaches the mall.

Stonecrest Menorah Lighting - Photo courtesy of Ballantyne Jewish Center

Admire Lights on Ice

Ice Menorah at StoneCrest
Monday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

StoneCrest at Piper Glen
Cost: Free


Hosted by Ballantyne Jewish Center, this year’s menorah lighting will be an icy work of art. Come to the Fountain Plaza at Stonecrest shopping center to see a 5ft. ice menorah. Get competitive with ice themed activities and sip a hot drink as you listen to music from the Hebrew School of the Arts Children’s Choir.

Waxhaw Menorah Lighting - Photo courtesy of Ballantyne Jewish Center

Venture to the Town of Waxhaw

Waxhaw Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Downtown Waxhaw
Cost: Free


This is the 4th Annual Menorah Lighting in the town of Waxhaw. Festivities will take place at E. North Main Street and the Overhead Bridge. Try some latkes (potato pancakes) as you explore downtown or craft with your kids at the children’s activities station. Then, stay to see the Menorah Lighting.

Photo courtesy of Chabad Young Professionals Uptown Charlotte

Show off your Dreidel Skills

Drinks + Dreidels CLT 2.0
Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Ink N Ivy
Cost: $25 in advance, $28 at the door

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As the Adam Sandler Chanukah Song goes, “You don't need Deck The Halls or Jingle Bell Rock…you can spin a dreidel with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.” It’s time to put those skills to the test at this Grand Dreidel Tournament. The Chabad Young Professionals Uptown Charlotte will host a fun night for like-minded professionals that includes an open bar, photo booth, donut bar and menorah lighting.

Latkes at Roots Cafe - Photo by Tim Robison

Fun for the Whole Family

Hanukkah Celebration and Dance
Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6:15 p.m.

Temple Israel
Cost: $22 Adults, $10 Children, Free for kids under 2

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The celebration begins with a Havdalah ceremony to light the seventh Hanukkah candle followed by a buffet dinner that includes brisket, fish, homemade latkes and kid-friendly options. B.Y.O. Kosher wine and cash to participate in the raffles. Then, everyone is invited to the dance floor for dancing and dessert.

If you’re looking for that perfect gift for simchas, holidays and more, stop by the Judaica Gift Shop located next to the main lobby of Temple Israel of Charlotte. Items are handpicked and collected from around the world. Click here for the gift shop hours.

Price's Chicken Coop - Photo by Kyo H Nam Photography

PLUS ONE

Since We’re in the South

The Porch Southern Fried Chanukah
Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.

Temple Beth El
Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Children, Free for kids under 2

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Southern tradition: fried chicken. At The Porch at Temple Beth El’s annual Southern Fried Chanukah celebration, fried chicken is paired with latkes, mac and cheese, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and other delicious foods. Compete in a dreidel competition, enter a 50/50 cash raffle, and be sure to stick around for Havdalah. Attendees are asked to bring a nut-free dessert or snack to share, and those over 21 can bring their own beer or wine.