This year Hanukkah, or Chanukah, falls on November 28 through December 6, and in honor of this ancient and meaningful 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 celebrations with kid-friendly activities and live music concerts. See below for the festivals nearest to you, all of them free and open to the public.
Chanukah Menorah Lighting // Dallas
Hosted by Galleria Dallas
Where Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway
When Nov. 28 – Dec. 6, 2021 during open hours; one candle lit every evening at 5pm
More info Celebrate while you shop with the Galleria’s nightly menorah lightings, located on level one near Tiffany & Co. On the first night, Mark Zilbermann, the board chair of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, will deliver remarks before he lights the first candle of the menorah. Sufganiyot– jelly doughnuts – from Jarams and other free treats will be served.
Chanukah of Klyde Warren Park // Dallas
Hosted by The Intown Chabad, Chabad of Dallas and Friendship Circle
Where Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
When Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 from 5–7pm; nightly lightings Nov. 29 – Dec. 6, 2021 at, 5:30pm
More info The Intown Chabad hosting its annual Menorah Lighting Celebration with a giant pink menorah, kicking it all off with a concert by Hasidic hip hop artist Nissim Black. Free tickets available online with VIP option. Fun for the whole community, this event will have live music, festive Chanukah food and a menorah-mural to boot.
JCC Dallas Hanukkah // Dallas
Hosted by Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas
Where Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road
When Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 from 4:30–6pm
What to know Spend the last night of Hanukkah at the J with activities for the whole family and the largest Hanukkiah lighting in North Texas. You’ll enjoy a PJ library story time, create your own light to shine, and enjoy latkes, gelt, a dreidel competition.
Chanukah Menorah Display // Dallas
Hosted by Chabad of Dallas
Where NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway
When Nov. 28–Dec. 6, 2021, during NorthPark open hours
More info Shop ’til you drop but make sure you stop by the Chabad of Dallas’ Menorah display on level one between Burberry and Louis Vuitton.
Grand Menorah Lighting // McKinney
Hosted by Chabad of Allen and McKinney
Where Historic Downtown of McKinney
When Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at 5pm; Menorah lighting ceremony at 5:30pm
What to know Join Chabad of Allen and McKinney for its first-ever public Chanukah celebration in McKinney. The evening includes arts and crafts, traditional Chanukah foods, lively music, glow-in-the-dark Chanukah necklaces, and a grand Menorah Lighting ceremony.
Grand Menorah Lighting // Allen
Hosted by Chabad of Allen and McKinney
Where Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Dr.
When Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 at 4:30pm; Menorah lit at 5pm
More info Meet on The Green at Watters Creek to celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the Menorah presented by Chabad of Allen & McKinney. The festivities will feature a fire and LED show at 5:20pm, and include traditional holiday refreshments, arts and crafts, and glow-in-the-dark necklaces.
Community Chanukah Celebration // Frisco
Hosted by Chabad of Frisco
Where The Simpson Plaza outside of Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
When Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 from 4–6pm
More info Join hundreds of Jews from across Frisco for an epic Chanukah celebration and live concert featuring The Kosher Klezmer Band. Snack on Chanukah donuts and hot latkes, and let the kids enjoy the dreidels, crafts, trackless train ride and bounce house. This particular event honors local doctors for their extraordinary impact on public health. Admission is free but organizers ask that you register online.
Community Menorah Light and Chanukah Gelt Drop // Plano
Hosted by Chabad of Plano
Where Outside the Restaurant District at The Shops at Willow Bend, 2045 Dallas Parkway
When Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 at 5:30pm
More info A firetruck will drop thousands of chocolate gelt coins from its raised ladder at this special celebration the Menorah lighting, with greetings from the Plano mayor, dreidels, latkes and, for more entertainment, a juggling show and live music.
The Giving Menorah & Gelt Drop // Southlake
Hosted by The Chabad of Southlake
Where Southlake Town Square, 285 Grand Ave.
When Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 at 5:30pm
More info Collect coin from family and friends to help fill the menorah. Proceeds benefit the Jewish Family Services of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. You’ll enjoy latkes, donuts, crafts and live entertainment. Free to attend, but please register online.
Menorah Lighting at the Harbor // Rockwall
Hosted by Chabad Rockwall
Where The Harbor amphitheater, 2059 Summer Lee Drive
When Sunday, Nov. 28, 5pm activities and 5:15pm lighting
More info Join the second annual menorah lighting with children’s activities and crafts, treats including latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts), and music by DJ Sababa. Register online to let them know you’re planning to attend.
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Photo courtesy of The Intown Chabad