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.
by Chelsea Galusky Nov 30, 2018
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.
Build Your Own Menorah
Giant Lego Menorah
Sunday, December 2 at 5 p.m.
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.
Admire Lights on Ice
Ice Menorah at StoneCrest
Monday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.
StoneCrest at Piper Glen
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.
Venture to the Town of Waxhaw
Waxhaw Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
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.
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
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.
Fun for the Whole Family
Hanukkah Celebration and Dance
Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6:15 p.m.
Cost: $22 Adults, $10 Children, Free for kids under 2
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.
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
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.