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Where to Celebrate Hanukkah Around Dallas-Fort Worth

The Festival of Lights is shining bright in DFW

This year Hanukkah, or Chanukah, falls December 18–26, 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 Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022 during open hours; one candle lit every evening at 5pm, continues through Dec. 24
More info Celebrate while you shop with the Galleria’s nightly menorah lightings, located on level one near Tiffany & Co. The first night features the story reading by a special guest, a children’s choir performance and sufganiyah (jelly doughnuts) to share.

Chanukah Menorah Display // Dallas
Hosted by Chabad of Dallas
Where NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway
When Dec. 18–26, 2022, 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 Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s. Follow along each night as another light is kindled on the Menorah.

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. 18, 2022 from 4–5:30pm
More info Join hundreds of Jews from across Frisco for an epic Chanukah celebration and live concert featuring world-renowned Cantor Yudi Cohen from London. Snack on Chanukah donuts and hot latkes, and let the kids enjoy the dreidels, crafts, and a bounce house. Admission is free but organizers ask that you register online. Want to learn how to make your own menorah? Register for this family event on Dec. 11 at Limestone Quarry Park in Frisco.

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, Dec. 18, 2022 from 5–7pm
More info The Intown Chabad hosting its annual Menorah Lighting Celebration with a giant pink menorah. Watch the light and stay to party in the EDM Bright Lights Chanukah Concert.

Hanukkah, or Chanukah festivals in Dallas-Forth Worth, menorah lightings, photo courtesy of The Intown Chabad
Photo courtesy of The Intown Chabad

Light Up the Night // Southlake
Hosted by The Chabad of Southlake
Where Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main Street 
When Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022 at 5:30pm
More info This eighth annual celebration features not only an amazing fire show but also a menorah carved from ice! Don’t miss your chance to join the party and enjoy latkes, donuts, gelt and music. Admission is free but organizers request that you RSVP online.

Menorah Lighting at the Harbor // Rockwall
Hosted by Chabad of Rockwall County
Where The Harbor amphitheater, 2059 Summer Lee Drive
When Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022 at 5pm
More info Join the annual menorah lighting overlooking the lake with children’s activities and crafts, treats including latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and music by DJ Sababa. Admission is free, but organizers encourage guests to RSVP online.

Community Menorah Light and Chanukah Gelt Drop // Plano
Hosted by Chabad of Plano/Collin County
Where The Shops at Willow Bend, 2045 Dallas Parkway, outside the Restaurant District
When Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 at 5:30pm
More info
A fire truck will drop thousands of chocolate gelt coins from its raised ladder at this special celebration and Menorah lighting. Plano dignitaries will make remarks and welcome the crowd to enjoy live music, dreidels and latkes.

Grand Menorah Lighting // McKinney
Hosted by
Chabad of Allen and McKinney
Where Historic Downtown of McKinney
When Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022; festivities at 4:30pm; Menorah lighting ceremony at 5pm
What to know Join Chabad of Allen and McKinney for its second annual public Chanukah celebration in McKinney. The evening includes music, traditional foods, crafts, glow-in-the-dark Chanukah necklaces, and a fire and LED light show.

JCC Dallas Hanukkah // Dallas
Hosted by Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas
Where Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road
When Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 at 6pm 
What to know Spend the fourth night of Hanukkah at the J with activities for the whole family and the largest Hanukkiah lighting in North Texas with a giant inflatable Hanukkiah. You’ll enjoy sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), music and lots of photo ops. Earlier that morning, the J also hosts a light play party for babies. Register online for the Babies and Bagels program. 

Grand Menorah Lighting // Allen
Hosted by Chabad of Allen and McKinney
Where Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Dr.
When Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022; festivities at 4:30pm; Menorah lighting at 5pm
More info Meet on The Green at Watters Creek to celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the Menorah. The festivities include traditional refreshments, arts and crafts, and glow-in-the-dark necklaces.

More Hanukkah Celebrations

A Holiday Special // Fort Worth
Hosted by Ballet Concerto
Where Will Rogers Auditorium, 3401 W. Lancaster
When Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, at 7pm
More info This annual concert features several holiday-inspired dances, including A Flamenco Hanukkah, a spirited Flamenco piece celebrating the Jewish holiday tradition with choreography by Elise Lavallee. Tickets are required and run $35 for adults and $20 for students and seniors.

Ballet Concerto's A Holiday Special, A Flamenco Hannukah
Photo courtesy of Ballet Concerto

The Artistry of Faith Culture Exhibit during Holiday at the Arboretum
Hosted by
The Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Foundation and the Texas Jewish Arts Association
Where Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road
When Nov. 10 – Dec. 28, 2022; open 10am–4pm daily and 6–9pm Mondays–Wednesdays
More info This exhibition displays items for Shabbat and Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Holi, Christmas and Diwali—all inside the DeGolyer estate home on the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum.

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Photo courtesy of Chabad of Plano