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Hanukkah Events & Celebrations in Marin


This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12, and runs through December 20. Families in Marin will find plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Festival of Light this season, with public menorah lightings and fun events featuring storytelling, games, delicious treats like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), and more. Here's a rundown of family friendly Hanukkah celebrations and events in and around Marin and beyond this winter.

Festival of Lights at the Osher Marin JCC

Sunday, December 10, 9:30 am–2 pm
The Osher Marin JCC celebrates Hanukkah early with their Festival of Lights on Sunday, December 10! This fun and free family party features live music, a glow in the dark dance party, delicious food, an artisan marketplace, Minecraft and LEGO dreidel making, a bounce house, face painting, and more. The fitness and aquatics center will offer free admission all day, too! Location: Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael 94903. Learn more.

Family ArtBash Sundays: Spinning Tales of Light and Magic

Sunday, December 10, 10 am–3 pm
Join us for a day-long festival, accessible for all families, celebrating Hanukkah and folktales, and filled with art-making, shadow puppets, dreidel playing, dancing, storytelling, and a special episode of Shaboom!—the Jewish animated kids' series. Admission is free for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under, or a transition youth 18-22, on Family ArtBash Sundays Location: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Misson Street, San Francisco. Learn more.

Chabad of Novato Hannukah Events

Chabad of Novato hosts a variety of fun and family-friendly Hannukah events, including a hands-on menorah building workshop at Home Depot in San Rafael, a skating party, and a Grand Menorah Lighting at Whole Foods Market in Novato. Unless otherwise noted, events are free but RSVPs are required. Follow the links below or call (415) 878-6770.

Home Depot Menorah Workshop
Sunday, December 10, 10–11:30 am

Build your own menorah at Home Depot and enjoy Hanukkah treats! Participants receive a free worker's apron. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Home Depot, 111 Shoreline Parkway, San Rafael 94901. Learn more and RSVP.

Grand Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 12, 5 pm

Come see the lighting of a 10-foot menorah at Whole Foods Market in downtown Novato. This free community event also features music and dancing, a raffle, refreshments like hot latkes and donuts, and an appearance by city dignitaries. Location: Whole Foods Market, 790 De Long Avenue, Novato 94945. Learn more.

Chanukah on Ice
Sunday, December 17, 6 pm
Come to Marin on Ice at Northgate Mall in San Rafael for a family Chanukah party. Skate to Jewish music, participate in a grand menorah lighting on the ice, shop for holiday gifts, and enjoy treats like latkes, donuts, gelt. Free admission to the party; skating costs $15 in advance and $18 at the door (skate rental included). RSVP requested. Location: 5800 Northgate Drive, San Rafael 94903. Learn more.

Latkes & Lights Hanukkah Celebration
Monday, December 18, 5–6 pm

Join Mollie Stone’s for a traditional menorah lighting. Enjoy potato latkes and hot cocoa while spinning dreidels and listening to the sounds of live klezmer music. Location: Bon Air Center, Greenbrae 94904. Learn more.

Community Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 20, 7 pm

Enjoy a delicious hot buffet, dreidel and other games, musical menorah lighting, and hot latkes and donuts. This is a free event, sponsored by Harvest Market and Nugget Market. Location: Chabad of Novato, 7430 Redwood Boulevard, Suite D, Novato 94945. Learn more and RSVP.

Hanukkah at the Mart

Tuesday, December 12, 4:30–6:30 pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore and the Marin Country Mart welcome you to come celebrate the first night of Hanukkah on Tuesday, December 12, from 4:30–6:30 pm. These festivities are made possible by the partnership of Kesher, Brandeis Marin, Osher Marin JCC, PJ Library, and Wise Sons. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Come celebrate the First Night of Hanukkah with music, food, and activities for the whole family! There will be Klezmer music by Orchestra Euphonos, complimentary latkes by Wise Sons, and a community menorah lighting ceremony at 5:45 pm. Location: 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur 94939. Learn more.

Bill Graham Menorah at Union Square

December 12–19
The Bill Graham Menorah lights up San Francisco's Union Square, beginning with a lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 12 at 5 pm. Sunday, December 17, from 2–6 pm is Bill Graham Menorah Day, featuring local officials and longtime Bill Graham colleagues, musical performances, the Dreidel House, and kids' music and crafts. Kids' activities start at 2 pm and the lighting takes place at 5 pm. Location: 333 Post Street, San Francisco 94108. Learn more.

Corte Madera Town Center Pop-up Menorah Lighting

Thursday, December 14, 6–7 pm
Light the candles of the menorah and celebrate with music singing and treats with Cantor Marsha Attie, Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer, and members of Congregation Emanu-El. Location: By the Elephant Fountain near Barnes & Noble bookstore at Corte Madera Town Center 94925. Learn more.

Light the Menorah at Ghirardelli Square

Thursday, December 14, 4–7 pm
Ghirardelli Square will celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday, December 14 from 4 to 7 pm in the Upper Plaza and Fountain Plaza with free children’s activities, music, and lighting of the menorah by Rabbi Peretz Mochkin.  Location: Ghirardelli Square (Upper Plaza / Fountain Plaza), 900 North Point Street, San Francisco. Learn more.

Chanukah at Rodef Sholom

Friday, December 15, 4:30–6:15 pm
Rodef Sholom in San Rafael will celebrate with a Junior Jews Chanukah Pajama Party, for toddlers through kindergarteners, from 4:30–5:30 pm. Little ones can come in their PJs and light candles together, sing songs, hear stories, and have a snack. Johnny Doughtnuts will be in front of the synagogue from 5:45–6:15 pm serving sufganiyot and coffee before the 6:15 pm shabbat services. Location: 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael 94903. Learn more.

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