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Celebrate Hanukkah in Charlotte

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

Photo courtesy of Temple Beth El

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 Hanukkah happenings to put on your December itinerary.

JTEEN Hanukkah Glow Dance Party

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
Location: Levine JCC

Cost - $25 non-members, $20 Levine JCC members
The Levine Jewish Community Center will host a fun Hanukkah party for youth in 5th-8th grade. Pizza, glow activities, Hanukkah games and lots of dancing are in store. Guests are encouraged to wear white and to register in advance.

Dual Grand Menorah Lighting

Date: Sunday, Dec. 22
Location: SouthPark Mall

Chabad of Charlotte continues to host their annual Hanukkah celebration at SouthPark Mall. Come early to see a 50+ car Menorah Parade as it approaches the mall. Then, catch not one but two menorah lightings to commemorate the season! At 5 p.m., meet at Circle Court for the Grand Laffty Taffy Menorah and musical by Jewish Preschool on Sardis. Then at 6 p.m., head outside to see the lighting of a Giant Graffiti Menorah by Chabad Teen network and Bnei Brith Youth Organization.

The Porch Southern Fried Chanukah

Date: Sunday, Dec. 22
Location: Temple Beth El

Cost - $15 Adults, $10 Children (3-12yrs), 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 and jelly doughnuts. Compete in a dreidel competition, enter a 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.

Stonecrest Menorah Lighting - Photo courtesy of Ballantyne Jewish Center

Lego Menorah at StoneCrest

Date: Monday, Dec. 23
Location: StoneCrest at Piper Glen

Hosted by Ballantyne Jewish Center, this year’s menorah lighting will be a Lego masterpiece. Come to the Fountain Plaza at Stonecrest shopping center to see a 9ft. Lego 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.

Glow in the Dark Menorah Lighting on the Green

Date: Monday, Dec. 23
Location: Davidson
The Chabad of Lake Norman will host a menorah lighting in Davidson with a dreidel house and family favorites. If you are ready to jumpstart the festival earlier, they will also host a Build your Own Menorah event at The Home Depot in Cornelius on Sunday, Dec. 8. A special Hanukkah storytime will take place and traditional snacks will be served.

Waxhaw Menorah Lighting

Date: Thursday, Dec. 26
Location: Waxhaw

This is the 5th 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

Drinks and Dreidels

Date: Thursday, Dec. 26
Location: 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.

Light Up the Night Hanukkah Party

Date: Saturday, Dec. 28
Location: Temple Israel
Cost - $25 Adults, $10-$15 Kids
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.

Photo courtesy of Ballantyne Jewish Center

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For more holiday events throughout the season - www.charlottesgotalot.com/events