Chanukah begins Dec. 2 and there will be plenty of events across the Valley to celebrate the holiday. 

Unicorn Cupcake Boutique will be kicking off the holiday season with a special Star of David craft event on Thursday, Nov. 29. Store manager Kendall Lipuma wanted to make sure the boutique had events everybody could enjoy. 

“We have events coming up for Christmas and I wanted to make sure we had something for Chanukah, too,” Lipuma said. “Building our Star of David was something I loved doing as a kid.”

For the second year, the town of Carefree will host a weeklong Chanukah celebration by lighting a large menorah on each of the eight nights. Vicki Jasperson, assistant marketing director for the town of Carefree, called last year’s menorah lighting a success. 

“Each night of the lighting, a different rabbi or a different group of a people from a congregation would lead prayers and recite the story of Chanukah,” Jasperson said.

Another event will bring children and seniors together. Jewish Family & Children’s Service and the PJ Library are sponsoring a Chanukah Shabbat at the Center for Senior Enrichment in the Palazzo Assisted Living Facility on Dec. 7. Children and seniors will be able to pray together. 

“This is a fun opportunity for all generations to come together during the holiday season,” said Jennifer Brauner, director of the Center for Senior Enrichment.

Below is further information for Chanukah events.

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 go to

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


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 of Chanukah. Local families are invited to attend. There will be a special ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 9, which 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 and $25 same-day; adult wristbands are $10. To purchase tickets, contact Chanen Preschool at 480-951-3398.

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

Tuesday, Dec. 4  

‘Jewish Sparks’: 7 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. This is 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. For more information, call 480-897-0588 or email

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.

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 basket drawings are $10 each or three for $20. For information and to make reservations, visit JN

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