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There is no shortage of ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

This section has details on all the best kid-friendly Hanukkah celebrations and events. Also, check back often as events are added throughout the season.

And be sure to view our entire guide to help you find tree farms, light displays, and more!

For EVEN MORE festivities around the metroplex, visit our local guides for the Collin County and Dallas areas.

Read more about Hanukkah in these articles: “8 Activities to Celebrate Hanukkah” and “Mom’s Recipes for Hanukkah.”

December 3

Hanukkah on the Gan
Jewish Community Center :: Dallas

The JCC is hosting a variety of family-friendly Hanukkah celebrations this year. This one will feature fun and learning for the whole family. Register on their website. Free!

December 5

Hanukkah Party
Anshai Torah :: Plano

Enjoy latkes, drinks, games and more, hosted by the Anshai Torah Sisterhood. Special presentation by Talia Kushnik. Free for sisterhood members, $10 for non-members.

December 7

Chanukah Celebration in Solidarity with Israel
The Shops at Willow Bend :: Plano

Chabad of Plano/Collin County presents this annual event, including an honoring of IDF soldiers, remarks from city leaders, and live music by IDF officer Rav Pdaya. Latkes, donuts, chocolate coins, light-up necklaces, and a graffiti canvas make this an event for the whole family! Free!

Unite Through Light
Jewish Community Center :: Dallas

The JCC’s menorah lighting ceremony is sure to be a memorable one. Kindle the lights, sing traditional songs, and enjoy delicious holiday treats with the whole family. Free!

December 8

Hanukkah Shabat Dinner
Beth-El Congregation :: Fort Worth

Shabbat Song and Prayer will be held in the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m., followed by the annual MRJ Special Chanukah Family Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Register on their website. Free!

Hanukkah Shabat Service
Congregation Sheath Isreal :: Dallas

Welcome Shabbat with Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker and the adult and youth choirs as they perform familiar Hanukkah tunes and traditional melodies. Afterwards, enjoy a festive dinner in Kaplan Auditorium with latkes, sufganiyot (donuts), and more holiday singing!

December 10

Hanukkah Celebration
Anshai Torah :: Plano

If you’re the competitive type, enjoy dreidel spinning and Sufganiyot eating contests, plus a Maccabee relay race! Other activities for the whole family include a Kol Rina concert, singing, candle making, charades, and bingo. Register on their website.

Hanukkah Pajamakah
Urban Air Adventure Park :: Southlake

Join CBI Chai Hopes for a bouncing good time! Put on your favorite PJs and let the kids have fun. There will be sufganiyot, coffee, and some relaxation for the parents. $10 per person.

December 12

Hanukkah Lights on the Farm
Heritage Farmstead Museum :: Plano

This second annual Hanukkah event includes a Menorah lighting, sufganiyot, gelt, hot cocoa, and more. While you’re there, walk a quarter-mile trail through the property and enjoy holiday light creations and animated displays. Tickets from $3.

December 13

Community Lighting and Dinner
Jewish Community Center :: Dallas

Head to the JCC Dallas for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and activities at 6:00 p.m. Hanukkah sameach!

Hanukkah Storytime
NorthPark Mall :: Dallas

Head to Bookmarks, a Dallas Public Library branch in NorthPark Mall, for the story of Hanukkah. Read a book, sing some songs, and do a craft to celebrate this festival of lights. Free!

December 18 

Community Chanukah Celebration
The Square :: Frisco

This ninth annual event will feature a giant menorah lighting, a musical performance by Cantor Yudi Cohen, a bounce house, crafts, and fun for the whole family. Enjoy hot latkes, Chanukah donuts, and gelt as you gather together. Free!

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Galleria :: Dallas

Head to Level One of the Galleria (by Tiffany & Co.) for a lighting of their large-scale Menorah and
remarks by Temple Shalom. Don’t forget to check out SNOWDAY on your way out! Free!

December 20 

McKinney Chanukah Lighting
Historic Downtown :: McKinney

Head to North Kentucky Street for lively music, holiday treats, and a fire and LED show. The kids will love the arts and crafts and glow-in-the-dark necklaces! Menorah lighting at 5:00 p.m. Free!

December 22 

Grand Menorah Lighting
Watters Creek :: Allen

Head to The Green for this fourth annual Hanukkah celebration, featuring music, crafts, and treats. Crafts and glow-in-the-dark necklaces will be a hit with the kids. Free!

Are we missing an event? Please email [email protected] to have it added to this guide.