Virtual Hanukkah Happenings in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

The Jewish Festival of Lights runs Dec. 10-18, 2020. Celebrate it at one of these virtual menorah lightings and Hanukkah happenings around town.

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 2020, this celebration runs from Dec. 10-18 and residents in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are set to celebrate it in a big way. Looking for a fun (and safe) Hanukkah happening for your family to enjoy? Try out these virtual and social distancing-friendly picks.

Chanu-Con 2020

Nov. 22, 2020 

  • Address: Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 W. Lincoln Road, Oak Park
  • Phone: 248-547-7970
  • Time: 1-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/household, registration required

This 5th annual event features a variety of vendors packed with great Hanukkah gift ideas, live musical performances, great kosher food and cooking demonstrations and plenty of exciting kids’ activities.

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. 10, 2020

  • 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

This annual event has gone virtual in 2020! Tune in on Zoom to watch the lighting of the Detroit Menorah and stay on for a virtual afterparty later. There will be no sound at the park on that day to encourage families to stay home and safe.

Drive-in Menorah Lighting 

Dec. 13, 2020 

  • Address: Royal Oak Jewish Community Center, 163 W. 6th St., Royal Oak
  • Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 248-890-6480

Drive thru parking lot 7 to receive a box with a menorah, donuts, latkes, hot cider and more. Plus, enjoy a Menorah lighting, glow show, laser robots and more. RSVP is required.

Lighting of the Art Menorah 

Dec. 14, 2020

  • Address: Groves High School Parking Lot, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
  • Time: 5:30
  • Cost: Contact for details
  • Phone: 248-538-0273

See a giant Menorah made of hundreds of hand-designed tiles set alight for the holiday. Outdoor food, music and family fun, too. Reservations required.

Kol HaLev Chanukah Cabaret 

Dec. 17, 2020

  • Address: Online
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Phone: 734-665-4744

This Zoom event features performances from Temple Beth Emeth’s adult choir and a Menorah lighting. There’s even a game of virtual dreidel.

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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