Today marks the beginning of the Festival of Lights and, while we might be celebrating a bit differently this year, there is still plenty of opportunities to joyfully participate both in the Triangle community and as a family in the safety of your own home!
Here are the best ways to celebrate this year:
8 Crazy Nights – A Wild Series of Chanukah Celebrations – Throughout downtown Raleigh
- Thursday, December 10th – Thursday, December 17th
- Join Chabad Young Professionals, a premier network of young Jewish professionals in Raleigh, as they host a multitude of intimate, yet festive, Hanukkah celebrations throughout the week!
- Night 1 – Thursday, December 10th – Lights Blazin’ Drive-By Menorah Lighting
- Night 2 – Friday, December 11th – Holy Happy Hour
- Night 3 – Saturday, December 12th – Bring Out the Loungewear
- Night 4 – Sunday, December 13th – Gin-and-Tonikkah’s
- Night 5 – Monday, December 14th – Donut Miss This
- Night 6 – Tuesday, December 15th – Fayetteville St. Menorah Lighting
- Night 7 – Wednesday, December 16th – Latkah’s, Tapas & Small Bites
- Night 8 – Thursday, December 17th – Virtual Drunken Dreidel
- Registration is required ahead of time and capacity is limited due to COVID. Once you have successfully registered for one of the nights, you’ll be emailed with the location of the event.
- Masks and social distancing will be required at every event.
Community Candle Lighting – Virtual
- Thursday, December 10th at 5:30 pm
- Join the Triangle community for a traditional candle lighting to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. If you’re interested in sharing a story or a picture of your menorah, they encourage you to submit it here.
- The event is free of charge and open to the community! They’re asking that everyone preregisters, so make sure to do that here.
Hanukkah Drive-In Celebration – Levin JCC, Durham
- Sunday, December 13th at 6:30 pm
- Enjoy a remarkable fire show, music, live entertainment, and an assortment of refreshments from the comfort and safety of your own car!
- Register for this free event before it fills up!
Hanukkah 8K – Levin JCC, Durham
- Sunday, December 13th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
- This first annual 8K is open to everyone in the family! They have broken the experience down by levels, so feel free to register for level 2 if you’re more comfortable with a shorter, less intense workout! Regardless of your skill level, there will be donuts for all at the finish line.
- Sunday, December 13th from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
- Join renowned artist, James Sokol, and celebrate the Festival of Lights with an array of music genres, all under the theme of “light”! Registration is free and open to anyone who wishes to celebrate!
Chanukah Outdoor Concert and Menorah Lighting – Apex Nature Park & Amphitheatre-Apex
- Sunday, December 13th at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm
- RSVP for this free event and enjoy an early evening full of live music, a fire show, and prepackaged treats!
Menorah Lighting in Cary – Virtual
- Tuesday, December 15th from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
- This year’s annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting in Cary will be held virtually and can be enjoyed with your family from the comfort of your own home. Tune in for the lighting and then spend the evening celebrating with your loved ones!
Given all that this year has brought to families, celebrating Hanukkah and all of the magic it has to offer is more important than ever. While most synagogues are choosing to worship virtually for the next 8 days, remember that being together, in any format, is what the season is all about. Whether you’ve found the perfect community celebration or you’re looking forward to spending time with your extended family virtually, enjoy your Hanukkah with those you love most!
From our family to yours, Hanukkah Sameach!