Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish celebration celebrating the miracle of lights of the holy temple and the Jewish people’s triumph of freedom. This year, Hanukkah is celebrated from December 16 to December 24, and in the greater Seattle area, opportunities to celebrate this holiday abound. This year’s festivities include traditional Jewish breakfasts, music, crafts and Hanukkah trivia. From Hanukkah Under the Stars to the Seattle Children’s Museum’s Festivals of Light and from the Big Spin to a Chanukah Breakfast and Carnival, there’s an event for every member of the family.

Hanukkah Under the Stars 
Stroum Jewish Community Center 
3801 E. Mercer Way 
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 232-7115

Date: Dec. 13, 2014

Located just east of Seattle on Mercer Island, Hanukkah Under the Stars is the annual Hanukkah party hosted by the Stroum Jewish Community Center. This year, the event is on Saturday, December 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hanukkah Under the Stars is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. This family-friendly holiday event features Hanukkah trivia and games, food vendors, holiday crafts and music from the band Recess Monkey. 

Festivals of Light 
Seattle Children’s Museum 
305 Harrison St. 
Seattle, WA 98109 
(206) 441-1768

Date: Now through Dec. 30, 2014

Located only 150 steps from the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Children’s Museum’s annual Festivals of Light is a fun event for the entire family. This annual celebration begins every November and runs through December 30, and uses “light” as an interwoven theme in the festivities. Festivals of Light celebrates numerous holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah and the Lunar New Year. The event features games and activities for participants of all ages, music, food and crafts.

The Big Spin 2014 
Skate King 
2301 140th Ave. N.E. 
Bellevue, WA, 98005
(425) 641-2046

Date: Dec. 21, 2014

Lace up your skates for a fun-filled night for the entire family on Sunday, December 21, starting at 6 p.m. Get your face painted, participate in creating a Candy Menorah and take a spin around the rink with your entire family. You’ll work up quite an appetite to enjoy some delicious latke sandwiches, too! Don’t forget to commemorate the night at the Big Spin Photo Booth. The proceeds from this event benefit Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

The Big Chanukah Show 
Stroum Jewish Community Center 
3801 E. Mercer Way 
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 232-7115

Date: Dec. 20, 2014

If you love music and comedy, this event is for you. Bring the entire family to the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Saturday, December 20 at 7 p.m. for the Big Chanukah Show. This event is enjoyable for guests of all ages and features a sing-along, music concert, storytelling and comedy. The Big Chanukah Show features the Seattle Jewish Chorale and the Shalom Klezmer Band featuring Chava Mirel. 

Chanukah Breakfast and Carnival 
Northwest Yeshiva High School 
5017 90th Ave. S.E. 
Mercer Island, WA 98040 
(206) 232-5272

Date: Dec. 7, 2014

Enjoy some traditional Jewish fare at the The Chanukah Breakfast and Carnival, which is held this year on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a celebration of fun, family, culture and history. Enjoy a delicious Jewish breakfast and then participate in cookie decorating and face painting. Don’t miss the magic show and the bouncy house! 

Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.