Hanukkah Guide for Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Families

Hanukkah celebrations are going to look different this year as families stay home and safe, but you can still make the most of it with the crafts, recipes and events in our at-home Hanukkah Guide.

Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple, kicks off at sundown on Dec. 18. 

If you’re looking for ways to kick your traditional festivities into high gear, our Hanukkah family guide includes fun crafts, recipes and even a few events and activity ideas.

Local Hanukkah events

Check out some Hanukkah happenings in 2022 if you feel like venturing out.

Chanukah Carnival

Dec. 11, 2022

Enjoy games, music, delicious donuts, story time with Morah Chana and so much more. 

Menorah in the D

Dec. 18, 2022

This annual event offers a live, in-person event that features a fire show, greetings with community leaders and a lighting of the giant menorah. 

Chanukah Wonderland 

Dec. 18, 19 and 25, 2022

Find a dreidel bounce house, dance machines, latkes, and a tot town filled with all kinds of kid-friendly fun at this annual.

The food 

A traditional Hanukkah celebration wouldn’t be complete without brisket, latkes, kugel and more. While many families might have recipes handed down generation to generation, this year offers a great chance for families to mix up their Hanukkah menus a bit. Here are a few ideas for inspiration.

Hanukkah activities 

Menorah lightings with your families and special prayers are a must for this holiday, but there’s lots of fun activities you can do beyond that, too. 

Happy Hanukkah!


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