Hanukkah Guide for Metro Detroit Families

Here are some new events and activities to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple, kicks off at sundown on Dec. 7. 

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

These local celebrations are great for sharing the holiday joy with your community. 

Menorah in the D

Dec. 7, 2023

This annual event features a fire show, complimentary soup, snacks and cider, crafts, games, greetings with community leaders and the lighting of the giant menorah. RSVP required.

Share the Light Community-Wide Chanukah Celebration

Dec. 10, 2023

  • Address: Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield
  • Cost: $8/single ticket, $18/family ticket (includes 2 adults and children)

Enjoy a Chanukah celebration with activities for kids, games, arts and crafts, face painting, circus entertainment, giveaways and more.

Chanukah Mission to the Moonbeams

Dec. 11, 2023

Enjoy a delicious Chanukah dinner and games. Then take a bus to Beaumont Hospital for the mitzvah of bikur cholim bringing light and joy to the young patients.

Chanukah Celebration

Dec. 12, 2023


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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