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The Festival of Lights: Seattle-area Hanukkah celebrations, 2018

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Hanukkah starts the evening of Dec. 2 and finishes on the evening of Dec. 10. Here are some events around town to celebrate this holiday with light, games and delicious food.


Hands on Hanukkah

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Northgate Mall, Seattle; and Crossroads Mall, Bellevue

Make your own menorah, decorated Hanukkah cookies and build dreidel and menorah sun-catcher in this free event organized by Stroum Jewish Community Center. RSVP here.


A Hooping Chanukah Experience

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5

Grand Ridge Elementary, 1739 NE Park Dr, Issaquah

The first hula-hoop menorah in the Pacific Northwest is the headliner for this celebration by Chabad of the Central Cascades. A hula hoop performer called “Hoopsmiles” will put the menorah to good use. Also expect songs, activities, and a latke bar. Suggested donations $5 per child,$10 per adult, or $25 per family.


Chanukah Story Hour

4:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6

Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd SE, Snoqualmie

Along with stories, there will be menorah lighting, crafts, songs, and, of course, food. Part of a monthly series of Jewish children’s story hours at area libraries, run by Jewish Public Library and Gani Preschool.


Community Hanukkah Party

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St

At this celebration, partygoers will attempt to build the biggest lego Hannukiah (another word for menorah) ever constructed in North America. Partygoers are encouraged to bring bricks to donate to the effort. Also: bring your own menorah and candles for the candle lighting ceremony. Uajimaya will cater this event with delicious Asian dishes, with fortune cookies and sufganiot (special Hanukkah donuts for dessert.) Also: live music, crafts, Hanukkah haikus and something called “high stakes dreidel.”

$8 for ages five to 12. $14 for ages 13 and up.

Register here.


The LeeVees: “Hannukah Rocks!” Family Dance Party

Doors noon show 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way

The LeeVees, a rock band that performs humorous songs about Jewish life, headlines this party at the Stroum JCC. Also enjoy activities, candle lighting, and food. Napkin Friends food truck will be in attendance. This is the most kid-friendly part of SeaJam, a weekend-long festival of Jewish arts and music. $5. (If a klezmer-funk hip hop dance party is more your family’s scene, check out Abraham Inc. which plays 6:30 p.m the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8. $30/$25). More on the LeeVees and the event here.


Hanukkah Party

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Location provided after RSVP

Bring your menorah (and candles!) to this party thrown by the Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound and enjoy some latkes, music, games and a potluck meal.

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