Hanukkah begins this year on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, and lasts eight nights. As with everything, families will celebrate differently this year, separated from the communities and congregations with whom we typically mark holidays and important events. Instead, join one or more of these local "gatherings" to learn about and celebrate the Jewish festival of lights in 2020. Happy Hanukkah!
Hanukkah Party Kit
Chabad of Northwest Seattle wants to help families make Hanukkah special and familiar this year. Register to pick up a Hanukkah Party Toolbox containing a classic latke recipe, a twist on the game of dreidel and more. Kits are free, though donations are welcome and appreciated. Pick up is on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
When: Order your kit no later than Saturday, Dec. 5
Hanukkah community videos
Tune in at 4 p.m. every night of Hanukkah to watch community-submitted videos detailing how individuals and families are seeking to spread light this season. This is a project of Stroum Jewish Community Center.
When: Dec. 10–17, 4 p.m. each night
Tune in for a special Hanukkah edition of Tot Shabbat with Chiva Mirel. Tot Shabbat is free and designed for kids ages 5 and younger and their families.
When: Friday, Dec. 11, 9:45 a.m.
PJ Library songs and stories
Gather 'round for tot-focused virtual story time and songs with PJ Library. Kids can enjoy music with Shoshana and the reading of two fun Hanukkah stories. Register for a free online event; books for purchase if desired.
When: Sunday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.
Goodie bag and story hour
Register ahead and pick up a goodie bag (Monday) then join Chabad of Kirkland for a virtual Hanukkah story hour.
When: Sunday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m.
That'll get everyone's attention. Trophy Cupcakes is once again partnering with Stroum Jewish Community Center to offer Hanukkah-themed cupcake packs. Pre-order now and pick up at the J. Limited quantities on hand to buy on site, though pre-ordering is your best bet. Other treats and gift packs available, too!
When: Order pick up Sunday, Dec. 13, noon–1 p.m.
Virtual cupcake decorating workshop
If you've ordered and picked up a cupcake and frosting kit from Trophy Cupcakes (see above), you can register to join Trophy founder Jennifer Shea and her son for a cupcake decorating workshop via Zoom. They'll share pro tips for creating beautiful cupcakes almost too pretty to eat.
When: Sunday, Dec. 13, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Glow-in-the-dark drive-in fest
Register for a spot, then pile your fam in the car for a festive drive-in celebration with a grand menorah lighting, entertainment and treats for participants. This event is actually in person (well, in car) and it takes place at Shoreline Stadium.
When: Sunday, Dec. 13, 5–6 p.m.
Share the light
Gather virtually with the wider Jewish community to celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah. Set up your family menorah and join for uplifting songs and stories. Preregister.
When: Thursday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m.