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Guide to Hanukkah Celebrations in Seattle

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The Festival of Lights is a fun time of good food, games, gifts and happiness. Here are some Puget Sound celebrations you can attend.

Festivals of Light
Friday, December 2 – Thursday, December 8
The Children’s Museum, Seattle
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.1768
http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org

An interactive exhibit designed to explore a variety of winter celebrations through the lens of a typical family celebration. Each week, a new exhibit allows children to walk into the dwelling of a family celebrating a festival, including their kitchen and living room, a family craft table and a reading space. Hanukkah will be celebrated and explored between December 2 and 8. Check the website for other holiday festivals at the Museum.

Latkes and Applesauce: Hannukah Fest 2011
Monday, December 5
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Whole Foods Roosevelt Square
1026 NE 64th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
206.985.1500
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Hannukah…Channukah…Hanukkah…no matter how you spell it, the Festival of Lights is full of delicious food. Whole Foods Market, Roosevelt Square is hosting this fun FREE event with Jconnect and Jewish Family Service to get you in the mood for Hannukah! Taste an assortment of olive oils, potato pancakes and applesauce, delicious donuts, and other treats. Donations of cooking oil are welcomed to help others have a tasty holiday! Open to anyone who loves to eat, so please join in!

Hanukkah Under the Stars
Saturday, December 17
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040
206.232.7115
http://www.sjcc.org

Come celebrate the Festival of Lights during one of the largest community Hanukkah Celebrations in Seattle. Everyone is invited to join in the fun! Seattle’s own kid rock band the Not-Its! will be performing. Admission is FREE, registration is required. Register online at http://www.sjcc.org.

Light The Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for Everyone
Sunday, December 18
3:00pm
Westside Unitarian Universalist
7141 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
http://www.seattlejewishchorale.org

The Seattle Jewish Chorale is pleased to present an interactive, family-friendly celebration, Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for Everyone. For Jews and non-Jews alike, this concert is a wonderful opportunity to learn what Hanukkah is all about, so invite all your friends! Tickets available online.

The Big Spin 2011
Sunday December 18
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Showbox SoDo
1700 1st Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98134
http://www.TheBigSpin.org

Baby Loves Disco returns to Seattle for a throw-down, blowout Hanukkah party! The Big Spin benefits uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Come for a chance to spin the giant dreidel for prizes! Bring cash or check to take a spin. Get a personalized flip book from Flipped Out Productions! Bring cash or check to take one home. Ticket price includes face-painting art and Pin the Shamash on the Menorah. Tickets available online.

Miracle of Light Hanukkah Party
Tuesday, December 20
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Congregation Beth Shalom
6800 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206.524.0075
bethshalomseattle.org

Come for music, a Hanukkah dinner including homemade latkes, candle lighting, dreidl games, facepainting and fun for the whole family. Purchase tickets online.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 21
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Centerhouse Stage
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.684.7200
http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest

Rabbi Emien leads a Chanukah ceremony around the menorah in observance of the second day of Chanukah in Center House.

University Village Menorah Lighting
Wednesday, December 21
6:00pm
University Village
2623 NE University Village
Seattle, WA 98105
http://www.uvillage.com

The annual menorah lighting takes place between Barnes & Noble and Piatti.

Light The Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for Everyone
Wednesday, December 21
Temple B’nai Torah
15727 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
425.603.9677
http://www.seattlejewishchorale.org

The Seattle Jewish Chorale is pleased to present an interactive, family-friendly celebration, Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for Everyone. For Jews and non-Jews alike, this concert is a wonderful opportunity to learn what Hanukkah is all about, so invite all your friends! Tickets available online.

Menorah Lighting at the Pavilion
Thursday, December 22
5:30pm
Uptown Pavillion
4701 Point Fosdick Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
http://www.uptowngigharbor.com

Bring the family for a celebration lighting during the Festival of Lights.

Chanukah Community Meal
Friday, December 23
6:30pm
Temple Beth El
5975 S.12th Street
Tacoma, WA 98465
253.564.7101
http://www.templebethel18.org

Bring your family menorah, come for a soup and latke meal and play driedl games! Fun for all ages. Only $6/person. Register online.

BCMH Annual Chanukah Dinner And Party
Monday, December 26
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath
5145 South Morgan St.
Seattle, WA 98118
206.721.0970
http://www.bcmhseattle.org

Come celebrate Chanukah the BCMH way with a delicious dairy dinner featuring pizza and latkes, moon bounce for kids, bingo & Chanukah trivia with great prizes. Cotton candy, popcorn and slushees ($1 each). Cost is $12 per adult (ages 13 on up) / $8per child (ages 4-13) / Kids 3 and under are free.

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