It’s finally the holiday season, which means Houston has tons to offer for fun. For those who gather for Hanukkah, the eight nights and eight days of festivities have kicked off in full force here in the city. The Jewish holiday, also known as Chanukah, or the Festival of Lights, began on November 28, and runs through December 6. The weeklong holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts, and Space City has a lot to offer for those celebrating.
Below, find five events to celebrate Hanukkah in Houston.
Hanukkah Film Festival 2021 Virtual Screenings
Presented by the Austin Jewish Film Festival are eight nights and eight days of “exclusive, award-winning new films.” Those who want to take part can purchase a $36 pass to access a total of 11 films, with new content added as the celebration goes on. Anyone with the pass can access films through December 12.
For tickets, visit the AJFF website.
Chanukah on the Strand
Chanukah on the Strand will be hosted at Galveston’s landmark Saengerfest Park in the historic Strand District on December 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. Those who go will be greeted with a grand Menorah lighting ceremony, traditional Chanukah treats, a free raffle, a live youth band and more.
For more information on this, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Hanukkah Concert at Holocaust Museum Houston
The Holocaust Museum Houston remembers the lives of those who were affected by the mass genocide in Germany. Now, they’re putting on a celebration for all those who celebrate Hanukkah. Taking place on December 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the concert features Israeli Soprano singer, Sivan Rotem. She will perform Israeli and Jewish music in a number of languages including Yiddish, Hebrew, Spanish, and Ladino. Rotem will be accompanied by Charlie Tauber, from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Admission for this is free, but registration needs to be completed in order to attend. It’s important to note, too, that anyone over the age of two must wear a mask for this event.
Chanukah Shabbat Dinner
Hosted by Chabad of West Houston, this event takes place on the sixth night of Hanukkah, December 3. The dinner begins with a Menorah lighting at 4:45 p.m. then is followed by Shabbat candle lighting and service at 5:15 p.m. and is concluded with a dinner at 6 p.m.
Tickets for adults begin at $18, while tickets for children under the age of 10 begin at $10. To RSVP, visit the website.
11th Annual Grand Chanukah and Menorah Lighting
Wrapping up Houston-area Hanukkah events is a free outdoor celebration at The Woodlands’ Market Street on December 5 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event begins with a live performance from The Rogers Park band and is followed by a lighting of a 9-foot Menorah by Rabbi Mendel Blecher. It’s a family event that residents won’t want to miss.
To learn more, visit Market Street’s event website.