Upcoming Chanukah events in the Valley

Chanukah begins Dec. 2, and there’s no shortage of things to do. Here is a calendar of just some of the events taking place across the Valley to help you celebrate the holiday. 

Thursday, Nov. 29 

Star of David Chanukah Craft: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Unicorn Cupcake Boutique, 7227 E. Shea Blvd., Suite B, Scottsdale. This special Star of David Chanukah craft event is designed for ages 3 and up. Free admission. Advanced registration is required. For more details call 602-601-2911 or unicorncupcakeboutique.com

Saturday, Dec. 1

Chanukah Eve String Art Party: 6:30-9 p.m., Craft Nights, 10832 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Join Jew PHX and Craft Night for a fun night of food, drinks (BYOB) and crafts. The cost is $39 and includes art and dinner. For more details and tickets, visit jewphx.com/hanukkah-eve-string-art-party.

Dec. 2-Dec. 9

Carefree Chanukah Celebration: 5:30 p.m., Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., Carefree. Congregants from Temple Chai, as well as members of the Jewish Social Group of Cave Creek and Carefree, will host the menorah lighting every evening beginning on the first night of Chanukah. Local families are invited to attend the event  each evening. There will be a special ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 9 that will include Temple Chai’s rabbi, cantor and choir.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Chanukah Carnival: 3-6 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. Bring your family and friends for a fun-filled afternoon. Open to the entire community. There will be carnival rides, local vendors, food trucks and a menorah lighting to kick off the first night of Chanukah. Child wristbands cost $20 presale; $25 same day; adult wristbands, $10. To purchase tickets, contact Chanen Preschool at 480-951-3398.

Chanukah Extravaganza: 3:30 p.m., Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Latkes, chocolate donuts, crafts, music, raffle, gelt and ventriloquist Chuck Field. Taking place for the first time is ‘The Great Chanukah Gelt Drop,’ where chocolate coins will be dropped from the Mesa Fire Department’s largest hook-and-ladder truck.

Chanukah on the Lawn: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Along with the menorah lighting, there will be crafts, entertainment and traditional Chanukah foods.

Menorah Making Workshop: 10:30 a.m., Home Depot, 2217 E. Bell Road, Phoenix. The Home Depot creates an incredible, original Chanukah kit each year. Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP at fcaz.org/HomeDep

Celebrate Chanukah: 4 p.m., Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadow Lark Drive, Sedona. Latkes and other refreshments, dreidel games, candle lighting and an auction of valuable items will all be a part of this holiday festivity. Bring a Chanukah menorah and two candles (one to light, and the other is the shamash, helper candle) for the first night of Chanukah. Advance registration is $18; $25 at the door; children under 12 free. 

Monday, Dec. 3

Grand Menorah Lighting: 6 p.m., Fountain Court, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix. Join Chabad of Arizona for its annual menorah lighting at City North. Fun for the whole family. Lots of great activities, latkes and Chanukah fun.

Tuesday, Dec. 4  

‘Jewish Sparks’: 7 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. A workshop for adults that explores ways to enhance Jewish cultural connections through music, food and hands-on activities. The topic is ‘Chanukah: Dedication.’ The event is free but an $18 donation is suggested. Information at 480-897-0588 or info@evjcc.org.

YJP Lights & Strikes: 7 p.m., Bowlmor, 7300 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Exclusively for attendees in their 20s and 30s.


Tuesday, Dec. 4

Chanukah Story Hour: 3:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix. Join for a Chanukah Story Hour & Craft at Barnes and Noble Desert Ridge and let’s celebrate Chanukah together.

Menorah lighting: 4:30 p.m., Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Followed by a car Menorah Parade to the Chabad of Phoenix.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Chanukah Wonderland: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Phoenix Premium Outlets, 4976 Premium Outlets Way, Chandler. This annual Chanukah extravaganza is fun for the whole family. There will be a number of activities, followed by the menorah lighting. Free admission.

‘Light up the Night’ Chanukah Celebration: 5 p.m., Westgate Entertainment District, Fountain Park, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. Join Westgate Entertainment District and Chabad of the West Valley to celebrate Chanukah with a grand menorah lighting, complete with activities, raffle prizes, games for children and live entertainment. Traditional latkes, hot cocoa and cider will be served.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Chanukah Story Time: 10:30 p.m., Modern Milk, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 162, Scottsdale. Join PJ Library for Chanukah story time, crafts and snacks. 

Friday, Dec. 7

Chanukah Shabbat: 11 a.m.-noon, Center for Senior Enrichment, The Palazzo Assisted Living Facility, 6250 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Jewish Family & Children’s Service will partner with PJ Library for a special Chanukah Shabbat. Children will  spend time with the seniors as a way for all generations to join together during the holiday season.

Community Shabbat Dinner: 5 p.m., Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix. Evening services followed by a Shabbat dinner. Cost is $18 per person. You must RSVP by Dec. 6. Call 602-944-2753 or online at chabadaz.com/chanukahdinner

Sunday, Dec. 9

Levity, Libations and Latkes: Sponsored by the Ramat Gan, Israel Committee of Phoenix Sister Cities, there will be a performance by local mentalist Craig Anthony. You also can enjoy Israeli wines and salads, handmade latkes with special toppings, desserts and much more. The suggested donation is $30 per person. Drawings also will be held throughout the evening for gourmet gift baskets. Tickets for the drawings are $10 each or three for $20. Information: phoenixsistercities.org.

Candle Lighting: 5 p.m., Native Grill & Wings, 2110 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler. Join PJ Library to light the last candle on the menorah, listen to a story and make Chanukah crafts. Native Grill will be donating 15 percent of all food sales to the PJ Library. JN


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