Hanukkah Happenings in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

The Jewish Festival of Lights runs Dec. 22-30, 2019. Celebrate it at one of these menorah lightings and Hanukkah happenings all around town.

Giant lit menorah

There are more than 74 holidays celebrated during the month of December. Among them: Christmas, Kwanzaa and, of course, Hanukkah.

This festival of lights is celebrated by people of the Jewish faith to commemorate the rededication of the Second Temple. It is observed for eight days by the lighting of candles of a menorah.

In 2019, this celebration runs from Dec. 22-30 and residents in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are set to celebrate it in a big way. Looking for a fun Hanukkah happening for your family to enjoy? Try out these eight picks.

Chanu-Con 2019

Nov. 24, 2019

  • Address: Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 W. Lincoln Road, Oak Park
  • Phone: 248-547-7970
  • Time: 1-5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, non-perishable food donations welcome

This 4th annual event features a variety of vendors packed with great Hanukkah gift ideas, live musical performances by David Rogers, and Kidz Klez of Michigan, great kosher briskets and Middle Eastern options and plenty of exciting kids’ activities including bounce houses, stories, Jedi lessons, crafts and more.

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Chanukah Wonderland

Dec. 22-24, 2019

  • Address: Former location of Champps, 7410 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-855-6170
  • Times: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Monday-Tuesday
  • Cost: $5/suggested donation

A dreidel bounce house, doughnut decorating and “Chanukah Tot Town” – it’s all in store, just for kids, at this magical annual three-day event. This year’s new highlights include a Menorah Parade before the grand menorah lighting ceremony (starts 4 p.m. Dec. 23).

In addition, kids will enjoy a 75-foot gelt (coin) drop, musical performances and plenty of food. There’s even a giant dreidel mascot ready for photo ops.

Menorah in the D

Dec. 22, 2019

  • Address: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 4:30 p.m./event starts, 5 p.m./menorah lighting
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-788-4000

Eat. Celebrate. Smile. These are three easy instructions to follow at this fifth Detroit event, when a giant 26-foot menorah lights in the night sky.

First, savor free treats like hot soup, crackers with hummus, roasting marshmallows, sufganiyot (doughnuts) and other kosher goodies. There’s also dancing dreidels and Torahs, pictures with Detroit Tigers mascot Paws, live music, a fire show and much more. Whatever your cultural or religious background, join in.

Lighting of the Art Menorah

Dec. 25, 2019

  • Address: The Kreger House, 32325 Franklin Road, Franklin
  • Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Contact for details
  • Phone: 248-538-0273

See a giant menorah made of hundreds of hand-designed tiles set alight for the holiday. Food music and family fun, too.

Shabbat Chanukah Experience

Dec. 27, 2019

  • Address: Woodward Avenue Shul, 25595 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak
  • Time: 5-9 p.m.
  • Cost: Call for details
  • Phone: 248-414-7485

Join in the Hanukkah fun with a Shabbat dinner open to all.

Chanukah Shabbat

Dec. 27, 2019

  • Address: Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-665-4744

Families celebrating Hanukkah bring their menorahs and candles to light with other local families after a guitar-lead shabbat service.

Chanukah Light Parade

Dec. 28, 2019

  • Address: Congregation B’nai Moshe, 6800 Drake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-788-0600

This event offers up a community candle lighting and hayride, and a big bash for families, including beverages for kids and adults.

The Mensch on a Bench

Scoot over, Elf on the Shelf. Here’s his Hanukkah counterpart! Created by dad Neal Hoffman in 2013, this 12-inch plush and his companion book tell the story of Moshe the Mensch, who watched over the Jewish people during Hanukkah; kids help move him each night of the holiday to guard the menorah. Buy the duo for $29.99.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.

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