Hanukkah Happenings in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

The Jewish Festival of Lights runs Nov. 28-Dec. 6 2021. Celebrate it at one of these 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 2021, this celebration runs from Nov. 28-Dec. 6 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 2021

Nov. 13-14, 2021

This 6th annual event features a variety of virtual happenings including raffles, trivia, yoga and more.

Chanukah Carnival 

Nov. 28, 2021

Enjoy a carnival full of games, crafts and family fun. Plus, try some cotton candy, latkes, donuts and bagels.

Menorah in the D

Nov. 28, 2021

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. You can also watch a livestream of the event from home.

Chanukah Wonderland 

Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 2021 

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

Outdoor Hanukkah Candle Lighting 

Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 2021

This event features a gigantic electric TBE lighting outside, a light show and sing-a-longs. All gatherings start at 7 p.m. Check out the temple’s event page for even more Hanukkah fun.

Art Menorah Lighting 

Nov. 29, 2021

See a the glow-in-the-dark menorah be lit for the season. Food, music and family fun, too. Reservations required.


Dec. 4, 2021

  • Address: Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Cost: $5, free kids 2 and younger

Enjoy an all-ages community-wide event featuring a PJ library book exchange and outdoor menorah lighting, plus a variety show with musical and circus performers. There’s also a kids’ room with crafts and activities.

Grand Chanukah Celebration 

Dec. 5, 2021 

Find an outdoor Grand Menorah lighting and buffet dinner. This event will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Ari Greenberg too, so be sure to register in advance.

Ice Menorah Lighting with Gelt Drop 

Dec. 5, 2021 

You can watch the carving and lighting of an ice menorah. There’s a festival full of games and roaming entertainment too.

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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