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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.

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? Here are the 2020 Hanukkah happenings to put on your December itinerary.

Waxhaw Menorah lighting - Photo courtesy of Ballantyne Jewish Center

Waxhaw Menorah Lighting

Date: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2020
Location: Waxhaw
Festivities will take place at Old Oak Tree bandstand on E. N. Main Street. 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.

Chabad Chanukah Car Parade & Scissor Lift Menorah Lighting

Date: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
SouthPark Mall
Chabad of Charlotte continues to host their annual Hanukkah celebration at SouthPark Mall. At 4 p.m., a car Menorah Parade will depart the Epstein Chabad Center for Jewish Life and make its way to the mall. Then, at 5 p.m., all the festivities begin at the mall. Guests will remain in their cars during the event. Donuts and more will be served directly to your car, so RSVP early for the celebration.

Chanukah Wonderland

Date: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
Location: Ballantyne (Stonecrest)

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Chanukah crafts, a photo booth, games, a scavenger hunt and snacks. This fun event from the Ballantyne Jewish Center is $10 a child (ages 3 and up) and takes place at 7804 Rea Road. Registration is required in advance to comply with social distancing guidelines. 7804 Rea Road (near the fountains at Stonecrest, the old Dean and Deluca).

The Magic of Chanukah - Let's Make 2020 Disappear

Date: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
Virtual (Zoom)

Gather 'round the Zoom room for a fun-filled escape from reality, followed by an opportunity for warm connection with Temple Beth El congregants. Celebrate Chanukah with a mind-bending, laugh-inducing, interactive magic show by Atlanta-based magician, Michael Boone.

Hanukkah with a Twist

Date: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Join the Levine Jewish Community Center for Hanukkah trivia, menorah lighting and songs. Fun for all ages! B.Y.O.D - Bring Your Own Dreidel! Zoom link will be provided upon registration.