“Hanukkah oh Hanukkah! Come light the menorah! Let’s have a party… We’ll all dance the horah….” so the Festival of Lights song goes. Seattle has wonderful community celebrations for you and your family. Here are some of our favorites!

Festivals of Light – Hanukkah
Tuesday, November 27 – Monday, December 3
Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

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Festivals of Light explores a winter holiday celebration for a typical family. Children explore the food, decorations, games, activities and music associated with each holiday as they step into a “household” amidst their celebration.

Latkes & Applesauce: Chanukah Fest 2012
Thursday, November 29
Whole Foods Market – Roosevelt Square
1026 NE 64th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

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 FREE, fun event with Jewish Family Services and Jconnect to get you in the mood for Chanukah! Taste an assortment of olive oils, potato pancakes and applesauce, delicious donuts, and other treats. A donation of cooking oil is welcome to help others have a tasty holiday! Open to anyone who loves to eat!

Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Celebration for All
Sunday, December 2
Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation
7141 California Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98136

Sunday, December 9
Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Wednesday, December 12
Temple B’nai Torah
15727 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008

An interactive, family-friendly concert featuring both familiar and unusual holiday songs in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino. For Jews and non-Jews alike, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn what Hanukkah is all about! Reception to follow, with Hanukkah goodies for sale.

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Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 9
Outside Pantages Theatre
Broadway and 9th
Tacoma, WA 98402

The lighting is outside, then you are invited to come indoors for live music, dreidels, chocolate fondue, kids’ activities, entertainment and the largest chocolate Menorah in the Northwest! Suggested donation $5.

Community Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 11
Uptown Gig Harbor
4701 Point Fosdick Drive
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

Join in the Community’s Celebration of the Festival of Lights. See the Menorah shine at Uptown.

Chanukah Community Dinner
Friday, December 14
Temple Beth El
5975 S. 12th St
Tacoma, WA 98465

Come to a traditional Shabbat Chanukah service for soup, salad, and latkes (parve, no meat) dinner hosted by the Temple Beth El Membership Committee. The evening will include music, a family menorah lighting, sufganiyot and more. Everyone is welcome and new members are especially encouraged to attend. The dinner is $8 per person (children ages 3 and under are free). To RSVP, please send your check with the registration form in your December bulletin (or click HEREv to download and print). Paying with a credit card? Credit cards are accepted online only at http://www.tbechanukah2012.eventbrite.com.

Hanukkah Under the Stars
Saturday, December 15
5:30pm – 7:30pm
SJCC Mercer Island
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040

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Featuring the kids band Recess Monkey. The Sababas, PJ Library, arts and crafts, and community candle lighting are featured. Free admission with donation of personal items to Jewish Family Service such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo or soap. Purchase dinner at the event from Stopsky’s Delicatessen (potato latkes), Island Crust Cafe (Va’ad Kosher), Kosher Chinese, and Street Donuts. Register your family online HERE.