Chanukah Celebrations in the Bay Area

Happy Hanukkah.....or Chanukah. No matter how you spell it, Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a little oil that lasted eight days. It symbolizes religious freedom and standing up for one's beliefs and that is worth celebrating.

This year, the first candle is lit on Saturday December 24th and ends Sunday, January 1.  So move over Santa and celebrate eight days of Jewish family activities, places to find latkes and sufganiyot (donuts) and other special holiday treats.

Chanukah Train, December 17-23, Santa Cruz

Home Depot Menorah Workshop, December 18, 10-11:30am, build your very own wooden menorah, must RSVP, Home Depot, San Rafael.

Hanukkah Stories, December 23 & 30, 10-11:30am, Brandeis Marin and PJ Library present over coffee and doughnuts! Johnny Doughnuts, San Rafael.

Bill Graham Menorah Project, December 24-January 1, Sun, December 25 is The Bill Graham Menorah Day! 2pm, Candle Lighting Ceremony at 5pm, Bill Graham Presents Alums to light the Menorah, Musical Performances by Klezmer Trio and the Dancing FrogMusic, Dreidel House & Kids Crafts Activities Start at 2:00pm, Union Square.

Hanukkah Hut, December 24 & 31, 9am-2pm, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Chinese Style Party, December 25, 5pm, enjoy a Kosher Chinese dinner, fun games and music, homemade latkes and donuts, Chabad of Novato, 7430 Redwood Blvd. Set. D, Novato.

CJM Community Free Day, Dec 25, 2016 • 11am–4pm, admission-free, fun-for-all extravaganza that has become an annual tradition for Bay Area families. Explore the galleries, create art, and move and groove to live music! Bring your family and friends and enjoy an exciting day, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Hanukkah Candle Lighting, December 26-30, Illuminate the darkness and join in the lighting of the hanukkiyah. Celebrate with stories about the holiday and sing along to music, savor festive fried treats and revel in one of the most beloved holidays of the Jewish year, JCC San Francisco

Fourth Night Hanukkah Celebration, December 27, 4:30-6:30pm, Come connect with other families to nosh on latkes from our Hanukkah Hut, listen to Hanukkah stories, enjoy crafts and play the dreidel game. We will gather together to sing our favorite Hanukkah songs and light the candles together, Diesel Books, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Light Up The Night, December 28, 5pm, enjoy latkes, donuts, music and a raffle, Chabad of Novato, Whole Foods, Novato.

Chanukah, December 29, 5pm, suganyot jelly donuts, hot drinks, latke bar, music, crafts, and menorah lighting under the stars, Chabad of Mill Valley.

Chanukah Pop Up Menorah Lighting, December 29, 6:30-7:30pm, 100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera.

Chanukah Pop Up Menorah Lighting, December 29, 6:30-7:30pm, 3982 24th St in Noe Valley, San Francisco.