Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and is celebrated for eight nights and days in late November-December. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hannukah is observed by lighting candles on the nine-branched menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday. The Washington DC area has a sizable Jewish population and there are many special events around the region to celebrate the holiday.
Here is a guide to the most popular events for this year. The 2016 holiday is December 24-January 1.
Family Hanukkah Concert - December 17, 2016, 4 p.m. Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, 11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD. Celebrate Hanukkah with a Tot Havdalah and concert with Mister G. Tickets: $20 per family.
National Menorah Lighting - December 25, 2016, 4 p.m. The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC (202) 332-5600. Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with speeches, music, activities for kids and the lighting of the National Menorah by Rabbi Levi Shemtov. This event is free, but tickets are required.
JCC Chanukah Celebration - December 4 and 18, 2016. Washington DC JCC, 1529 16th St., NW Washington, DC. The Jewish Community Center celebrates the holiday with a variety of events including a Chanukah brunch, Happy Hours, Festival of Lasers, Latkes and a family party.
Chanukah Festival in Alexandria - December 25, 2016, 5 p.m. Crown Plaza Hotel, 901 N Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA.
Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington sponsors a Menorah Lighting, dreidels, lakes and donuts. (703)370-2774.
Chanukah on Ice - December 21, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m. Pentagon Row Ice Rink, 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington, Virginia. Ice menorah carving show, menorah lighting and ice skating.(703) 370-2774.
$10 per person, includes skate rental. Event is hosted by Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington.
Village at Leesburg Hanukkah Celebration - December 11, 2016, 4 p.m. 1602 Village Market Blvd, Leesburg, VA. You are encouraged to bring a donation for Toys for Tots.
Matzo Ball - December 24, 2016. 9 p.m. Decades, 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC. $30. Singles Hanukkah party organized by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals.