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Hanukkah Events for Seattle-Area Families in 2021

Cupcakes, community stories and lights — how to celebrate this year

Devon Hammer

Published on: November 15, 2021

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Hanukkah begins this year on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, and lasts eight nights, through Monday, Dec. 6. Gatherings are back to help make your celebration extra joyful. Menorah lightings, crafts, activities, and adored traditional treats and eats are all on the table this season to mark the Jewish Festival of Lights. Happy Hanukkah to all!

Hands-On Hanukkah

This year, the Stroum Jewish Community Center and the Samis Foundation together bring Hanukkah fun to you! Hands-On Hanukkah will take place at a number of different King County locations, and the fun will include free activities for kids and yummy treats. 

Hanukkah on Ice

Skate into Hanukkah merriment with Chabad of the Central Cascades and Yachdav Community's Hanukkah on Ice celebration at Sno-King Ice Arena in Snoqualmie. Enjoy festive music, a grand menorah lighting, yummy traditional treats, crafts and more. $10–$18; ages 3 and younger free.
When: Sunday, Nov. 28, 4–6 p.m.

Grand Menorah Lightings

Come for a traditional menorah lighting and enjoy lively music, holiday refreshments and a special gelt drop at Grand Menorah Lighting at Kirkland Marina Park by Chabad of Kirkland. Free.
When: Sunday, Nov. 28, 4:15 p.m.

Push out darkness with light at a public menorah lighting in Downtown Bellevue Park by Chabad Downtown Bellevue. Join for delicious eats, hot drinks, music and more. 
When: Monday, Nov. 29, 5 p.m.

Gather to light a grand menorah in Downtown Issaquah with Chabad of the Central Cascades, and rejoice with gelt, traditional latkes and doughnuts, music and more. Free.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m.

You've got another chance to join a grand menorah lighting in Issaquah with Chabad of the Central Cascades, this time at the Grand Ridge Plaza. Celebrate with gelt, yummy fare, music and more. 
When: Sunday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.


That'll get everyone's attention. Trophy Cupcakes is once again partnering with Stroum Jewish Community Center to offer Hanukkah-themed cupcake packs. Preorder now and pick them up at the J or U Village. There will be limited quantities to buy on-site, so preordering is your best bet. Other treats and gift packs are available, too!
When: Order pickup is Thursday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. at U Village or 3:30–5:30 p.m. at the SJCC


There's another sweet way to celebrate your Hanukkah season this year. Mighty-O Donuts, a locally owned doughnut shop with five locations around Seattle, serves up limited-edition sufganiyot (Israeli jelly-filled doughnuts), starting on the first day of Hanukkah. These sweet treats are available for special order through Dec. 6.
When: Nov. 28–Dec. 6, hours vary by location 

Hanukkah Family Night at Redmond Lights

Head out to see the stunning art installations at Redmond Lights while celebrating Hanukkah on a special night. SJCC hosts a Family Night at Redmond Lights to gather with the community, explore the park and receive a free Hanukkah family goody bag, including a kids' craft and yummy sufganiyot.
When: Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. 

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