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Hanukkah Events & Celebrations in Marin & the Bay Area

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Sunday, December 22, and ends Monday, December 30. 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.

Hands-on Chanukah

Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
Sunday, December 8, 10 am–noon

Join the Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County and PJ Library to celebrate Chanukah with dreidel spinning contests, marshmallow-dreidel decorating, candle making, a free gift raffle, and a performance by children’s entertainer Diana Shmiana. Receive free admission when you say "Hands-on-Chanukah!" at the front desk.

Festival of Lights at the Osher Marin JCC

Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Sunday, December 15, 11:30 am–2 pm

Enjoy dancing, arts & crafts, live music, delicious food, games, face painting, and lots of Hanukkah-related fun! Event details.

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 15, 10–11:30 am

Create Your Very Own Wood Menorah! Free Worker's Apron! Enjoy Some Delicious Latkes! Fun for the Whole Family! Location: Home Depot, 111 Shoreline Parkway, San Rafael 94901. Learn more and RSVP.

Grand Chalk Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 22, 5 pm

Create Your Very Own Wood Menorah! Free Worker's Apron! Enjoy Some Delicious Latkes! Fun for the Whole Family! Location: Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato 94945. Learn more.

Community Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 24, 6:30 pm

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

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting

Union Square, San Francisco
Sunday, December 22, 2 pm

The Bill Graham Menorah lights up San Francisco's Union Square, with lighting ceremonies starting December 22 at 4:30 pm. The first ceremony features David and Alex Graham, Perry Farrell, local dignitaries, and long-time Bill Graham colleagues, as well as musical performances by Jerry’s Kosher Deli plus very special guests. Kids craft activities start at 2 pm. Location: 333 Post Street, San Francisco. Event details

Chanukahhh Menorah Lighting

San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Sunday, December 22, 4:30–6:30 pm

Join us for our 3rd Annual Menorah light in West Marin at our local, lovely Community Centre. Latkes & Applesauce for the masses. 4:40 - candle lighting Chill, hang and eat, with West Marin Jews on the first night of Chanukah ! Our events are always free, You can partner with us in keeping it this way, donations of any kind accepted and appreciated. Location:
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. Event details.

Light the Menorah at Ghirardelli Square

Sunday, December 22, 3–6 pm
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah by dressing up in your favorite light-up, glittery and glowing clothes! Over eight days, the candlelight glows more and more each night; we’ll come together on the first night to make that light even brighter as we head into the darkest days of the year. We’ll light candles, enjoy live music, make crafts, play games and eat tasty treats. DIY crafts, fresh donuts, make hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness. Hanukkah activities with shops at Ghirardelli Square Location: Ghirardelli Square (Upper Plaza / Fountain Plaza), 900 North Point Street, San Francisco. Event details.

Chanukah at Rodef Sholom

Friday, December 27, 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. Event details.

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