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Hanukkah Guide: Family-Friendly events for the Festival of Lights

Hanukkah events

Family-friendly listings for dates and times for Menorah lightings, Chanukah events and fun in Dallas, Plano, Frisco and beyond

This year Hanukkah/ or as some spell it “Chanukah” – begins on the evening of Sunday, December 18 and ends on the evening of Monday, December 26.

So this year it falls right within the Winter Break from School, leaving more time to celebrate!

Hanukkah is a time for family, friends, joy, and light. It’s also called the Festival of Lights.

We are sharing this list of events in the area and hope your family enjoys eight days of celebrating miracles and connecting with one another.

Plano Lighting for Chanukah hosted by Chabad of Plano and Collin County

Date: Monday, December 19, 5.30pm

Location: The Shops at Willow Bend, outside in the Restaurant District.

Featuring: Menorah lighting, dreidels and latkes, live music, a fun show and thousands of chocolate gelt coins dropped from a firetruck. Look out for some local Plano dignitaries who will greet the Jewish community. This event is free.

Everyone is welcome!

9th Annual Community Chanukah Celebration hosted by Chabad of Frisco

Date: Sunday, December 18 at 4pm

Location: Simpson Plaza across from Frisco City Hall. 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard, Frisco 75034

All are welcome to enjoy a Giant Menorah lighting, a live musical performance, Chanukah donuts, Hot latkes, dreidels, gelt, crafts for kids, a trackless train ride, and a bounce house.

Galleria Dallas Chanukah Celebration

Date: Sunday December 18, 6 pm

Location: Galleria Dallas’ menorah is located on Level 1 near Tiffany & Co.

Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240

At the ceremony, Rabbi Andrew Paley of Temple Shalom will deliver remarks before he lights the menorah’s first candle. The lighting will be followed by a performance by Kol Shalom, Temple Shalom’s youth choir. Sufganiyot– jelly doughnuts – from Jarams will be served.

One candle on the menorah will be lit every evening through December 26.

Hanukkah “Nights and Lights” in Plano

Date: Tuesday, December 20, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Location: Heritage Farmstead Museum

Join local families who will be celebrating Hanukkah on the farm, as part of their Lights on the Farm series.
An exclusive night for our local Jewish community in and around Plano, Frisco, North Dallas, Richardson, and surrounding areas.

Be sure to register ahead of time.

Grand Menorah Lighting at Watters Creek, Allen

Date: Thursday, December 22 4.30 pm Chanukah festivities, 5pm Menorah Lighting

Location: On the Green at Watters Creek Mall

They’ll have Glow in the dark necklaces, arts n crafts, lively music and holiday treats.

Hosted by Chabad of Allen & McKinney