30 Hanukkah 2018 Events in Seattle

Menorah Lightings, Latke Tastings, and More Ways to Celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights
November 29, 2018
Hanukkah, the weeklong Jewish Festival of Lights, is filled with food, games, music, and community merriment. This year, it begins on the evening of Sunday, December 2 and continues until the evening of Monday, December 10, and there are lots of ways to celebrate in Seattle, whether you want to witness a menorah lighting or feast on latkes and sufganiyot. We've compiled them all below, from Chabad Jewish Center's annual Latke Cook-Off to Stroum Jewish Cultural Center's SeaJam Festival. You can also find them all on our complete winter holidays and Hanukkah calendars.

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Hanukkah Night Market
If you're short a menorah or other Jewish tchotchkes, come down to this pre-Hanukkah market to get everything you need from local vendors. Plus, enjoy live music from "nerdfolk" artist Aaron J. Shay, guitarist Helen America, and five-piece klezmer band Malke & the Boychiks. 
Jconnect Seattle, University District


Chanukah Glow Party!
Celebrate Hanukkah with an LED light show, a gourmet latke tasting, a dreidel tournament, boozy drinks, a menorah lighting, and more in the company of fellow young professionals.
Rendezvous, Belltown

Chanukah Maccabee Makerspace
Honor the Maccabees' success in forcing the Seleucids to retreat from the land of Israel by making a robot dreidel, helping build a giant menorah made of s'mores (!), and participating in a lighting ceremony on the first night of Hanukkah. 
Chabad Jewish Russian Center, Shoreline

Fire Truck Tours and Menorah Lighting
Kids and families can tour fire trucks, decorate doughnuts, make Hanukkah crafts, and witness a menorah lighting.
Front Street, Issaquah 

Giant Menorah Lighting in Ballard
Leave your tabletop menorah at home and witness the lighting of a very large one in Ballard (and pick up a free menorah kit on your way out). Also, don't miss out on hot latkes, Israeli jelly doughnuts, a visit from "the dreidel man," and live music.
Bergen Place, Ballard

Grand Menorah Lighting
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at this annual outdoor menorah lighting. They'll have holiday treats, a kosher food truck, face painting for kids, and live music as well.
Marina Park, Kirkland

Hands on Hanukkah
Make your own paper menorah, frost Hanukkah cookies, build a dreidel, and enjoy more family-friendly activities before the holiday officially begins at sundown. 
Crossroads, Bellevue

Menorah Lighting Chanukah Carnival
This annual Hanukkah celebration in Queen Anne brings a giant menorah lighting ceremony, a "dreidel on stilts" performance, live music, latkes and jelly doughnuts, and more family fun.
Queen Anne Farmer's Market

Redmond Town Center Grand Menorah Lighting
Rabbi Mordechai Farkash will lead a prayer and light the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah. This celebration will also include songs, hot drinks, and sufganiyot for snacking.
Redmond Town Center 

Shoreline Menorah Lighting
Spend the first night of Hanukkah with your Shoreline neighbors at this giant menorah lighting ceremony. Traditional treats, raffles, and prizes will abound.
Shoreline City Hall

SnoCo Giant Menorah Lighting
Gather in Lynnwood for the lighting of the city's nine-foot menorah, a performance by Seattle klezmer band Klez Katz, holiday treats and songs, and kids' activities. 
Lynnwood City Hall


The Annual Latkeh Cook-Off
Snack on cheese and taste wine as you participate in this competition as a latke chef putting your crispy fried potato pancakes to the test.
LoveCityLove, Capitol Hill

Hanukkah and White Elephant Party!
Feast on latkes with fellow members of your community on the second night of Hanukkah with Moishe House Seattle. Don't forget to bring a wrapped gift (ten bucks or under) for a White Elephant exchange.
Venue provided with RSVP


Light the Night
Celebrate Hanukkah in a queer-friendly space with a candle lighting and blessings, music, games of dreidel, and sufganiyot. 
Gay City, Capitol Hill

Menorah Lighting
Klez Kidz will play festive music while you watch this public menorah lighting and spin the dreidel for gelt.
University Village, University District 

Public Menorah Lighting in Green Lake
Ring in the third night of Hanukkah with a giant menorah lighting, a performance from the "dreidel man," hot latkes and jelly doughnuts, and balloon activities for kids. You can also grab a free menorah kit to take home. 
Green Lake Plaza


A Hooping Chanukah Experience
If a standard menorah lighting doesn't float your boat, give this Hanukkah hula hoop performance by Hoopsmiles a whirl. We're not exactly sure what will happen with the hula hoops, but our best guess is that they will spin around the base of the menorah. Find out for yourself! There will also be a latke bar and a musical performance by the "Yachdav" Chanukah Choir.
Grand Ridge Elementary, Issaquah


Hanukkah Comedy Program
Local comedy group the Michaels will tell jokes in the spirit of Hanukkah while you feast on fried potatoes from a latke bar.
Congregation Beth Shalom, Ravenna

Light Up the Night - Burger Fest
Spend the fifth night of Hanukkah witnessing Westlake Park's giant menorah lighting, eating gourmet burgers, latkes, and doughnuts, sipping hot beverages, and learning about Judaism from a Mitzvah tank.
Westlake Park, Downtown

Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Story Hour
Enjoy a menorah lighting, Hanukkah crafts and treats, hot chocolate, a light show, and more.
Snoqualmie Library 

Menorah Lighting on Red Square with President Cauce
Fill up on latkes, doughnuts, gelt, and hot cocoa while you watch a menorah lighting with Chabad at University of Washington. Don't forget to grab a free menorah kit on your way home.
University of Washington, University District


Chanukah Celebrations at Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Spin the dreidel, eat a latke, light the menorah, and stick around for a Shabbat Unplugged celebration at this community Hanukkah affair.
Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Capitol Hill & Bellevue


Hanukkah at Temple Beth Am
Enjoy two days of Hanukkah activities, starting with a Choir Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a feast of latkes with sour cream and applesauce, an oneg with festive desserts and wine, and "mellow jazz" on Friday. On Saturday, look forward to an all-ages community celebration with a performance from KlezKidz, a bring-your-own-menorah candle lighting, an Uwajimaya-catered dinner of sushi, noodles, and rice (with sufganiyot for dessert), Hanukkah crafts, and more.
Temple Beth Am, Greenwood


Bubbe's Old-Fashioned Hanukkah Shindig
Dance the seventh night of Hanukkah away to Good Co.'s electro-swing tunes, the Debaucherauntes' "cabaret punk klezmer fusion," and Austin Bertak's King Cardboard & the Couch Orphans' manouche and klezmer music. There will also be burlesque performances by Manny Schevitz and Celia Lipshutz, circus acrobatics by Josie & Kindra, a menorah lighting, and more.
Velocity Dance Center, Capitol Hill

The Chanukah Party
Get a taste of Jewish and Chinese culture in one night with a spread of tasty treats, stand-up comedy, musical performances, and a dance party with KEXP's DJ Atticus.
Russian Community Center, Capitol Hill

Kadima Chanukah Party
Bring your own menorah and candles to light up the darkest night of the Jewish calendar—tevet (the new moon). Bring also your favorite salads and soups to add to a potluck—you'll make latkes and sufganiyot as a group.
2100 Building, Atlantic


SeaJam Festival
Celebrate Hanukkah at Stroum Jewish Community Center's SeaJam Festival, which promises food, games, arts and crafts, food trucks, a candle lighting, and a concert full of "rocking and rolling Hanukkah songs" with indie-pop band the LeeVees. After that, there will be a multi-media dance performance by Rebecca Margolick and Maxx Berkowitz and a stand-up set with Cathy Ladman.
Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island


Seattle Jewish Chorale - Spice & Light: A Sephardic Chanukah Celebration
The Seattle Jewish Chorale will put on a festive concert of Sephardic music, featuring Abe Kaplan's "Eight Days of Chanukah," as well as other classic pieces in Ladino. 
Temple Beth Am

SJC Hanukkah Party
Join the Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound for a night of games, songs, Hanukkah storytelling, latke-eating, and a menorah lighting. 
Venue provided with RSVP


People's Menorah - JVP Seattle Hanukkah Action
Join Jewish Voice for Peace Seattle on the last night of Hanukkah to protest white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism in light of the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh. Bring your menorahs and extra candles.
Pacific Place, Downtown 


Availability may vary.

Hello Robin: Sugar cookies
Macrina Bakery: Sugar cookies
Mighty-O Donuts: Sufganiyot
Napkin Friends: Latkes
Standard Bakery: Sufganiyot
Top Pot Doughnuts: Lemon and Raspberry-filled Bismarks
Trophy Cupcakes: Decorated cupcakes

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