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The Ultimate Hanukkah Events Guide: The Festival of Lights

This year Hanukkah or as some spell it “Chanukah” – begins on the evening of Thursday, December 7, and ends on the evening of Friday, December 15. There are 8 nights of Hanukkah and is a time to share the miracle of the Hanukkah story.

Hanukkah is a time for family, friends, joy, and light and is often a time for gifts for children. It’s also the only one of the Jewish holidays called the Festival of Lights.

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In honor of this meaningful Jewish tradition, many of the Jewish organizations local to Dallas-Fort Worth mark the beginning of the eight-day Festival of Lights by throwing menorah lighting ceremonies and Hanukkah events with kid-friendly activities and live music.

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Here are the Hanukkah Events and Festivals nearest to you, all of them free and open to the public.

Menorah Making in the Park – Chabad Frisco

Date: Sunday, December 3, 11 a.m

Location: Limestone Quarry Park, 1230 Maltby Drive, Frisco TX 75035

Cost: $5 a child

Kids can craft a menorah, play with dreidels and gelt, and hangout at the park! The Monster Yoghurt Truck will be onsite with proceeds going towards the IDF in Israel.

Chanukah at UTD

Date: Thursday, December 7, 5pm

Location: Student Union/The Plinth at UT Dallas, 800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

Parking: Lot G or Parking Structure 1 for easy access.

Giant Menorah Lighting on the first night. Support our Jewish students as a community!

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

Date: Thursday, December 7, 5.30 pm

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

Featuring: Remarks from City Leaders, Menorah lighting, dreidels, donuts, and latkes, light-up necklaces, and graffiti canvas with live music by IDF Officer Rav Pdaya. This event is free.

Everyone is welcome!

Galleria Dallas Chanukah Celebration

Date: December 7, 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 15.

Unite through Light

Date: Thursday, December 7, 5.30 pm

Location: JCC Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX 75230

Kindle the lights, sing traditional songs, and enjoy the Gelt drop and delicious holiday treats at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas.

We hope you’ll enjoy attending one of these great local Hanukkah events!

Chanukah at the Harbor

Date: Thursday, December 7 5.30 pm

Location: 2059 Summer Lee Dr, Rockwall, TX 75032

Grand Menorah Lighting, Live Music, Doughnuts, Latkes and Dreidels!

Honoring those we’ve lost: Light Installation Ceremony

Date: Thursday, December 7, 7 pm – 9 pm

Location: Legacy West, Plano, TX – in front of the fountain

Honoring the memory of the 1,400 individuals who lost their lives in the tragic events of October 7th at a Miracle Light Ceremony and prayers for the safe return of the hostages who are still being held captive in the Gaza Strip.

CityLine DFW Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Date: Sunday, December 10, 5pm – 7pm

Location: CityLine Plaza, 1150 State Street, Richardson, TX 75082

Join the Chabad of Richardson as they kindle the giant Menorah plus share donuts, music, crafts, and gelt for everyone!

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Lighting Candles and Singing for Israel

Date: Sunday, December 10, 7 pm
Location: Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75225

4th Annual Hanukkah Lighting with singers from the Israeli and Jewish Community of Dallas. RSVP required.

Chanukah at Southlake Town Square

Date: Sunday, December 10, 5 pm

Where: Southlake Town Square, corner of N Carroll Ave and Southlake Blvd (1709), just minutes from the DFW International Airport off Highway 114 and 1709.

Giant Star of David Menorah Lighting, The Great Big Gelt Drop Live DJ, Balloon Twister, Hot Latkes, Doughnuts, Crafts for Kids.

Chanukah at Klyde Warren Park

Date: Sunday, December 10, 5 pm

Location: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas TX

Let’s light up the night! Come together for a Chanukah celebration for the greater Dallas community. Musical menorah lighting, Chanukah treats, and fun for the whole family!

Hanukkah “Nights and Lights” in Plano

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 5 pm – 6.30 pm

Location: Heritage Farmstead Museum

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

The event will feature a Menorah Lighting along with jelly doughnuts and other kosher treats, Dreidel spinning contests, and other fun activities for all ages.

The gathering is part of the annual Lights on the Farmstead, in which the Heritage Farmstead is transformed into a delightful winter wonderland with more than one million lights and numerous animated holiday displays.

Attendees for the menorah lighting will have the Farm to themselves for this special evening.

Admission for Hanukkah Lights is $3 per child and $7 per adult, a significant reduction in the general admission prices, which includes the food and activities and a chance to see other holiday light displays around the farm.

Lighten Up Chanukah Comedy Night

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 7 pm

Location: Chabad of Southlake

Featuring Comedian Talia Reese, at this event you’ll enjoy gourmet latke tasting, sushi and light bites, L’Chaim and Menorah Lighting

Cost: $36 pp/$45 at the door. To RSVP

Frisco Community Celebration – Chabad Frisco

Date: Thursday, December 14, 6pm

Location: The Star, Frisco

Join hundreds of people from across DFW to celebrate the festival of light!

Live Musical Performance | Giant Menorah Lighting | Chocolate Gelt + Dreidels | Chanukah Treats | Kids Activities