There’s something special about seeing the Charlotte skyline at night. When you add twinkling holiday lights and festive music, the Queen City seems to just sparkle. What better place to celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights? Whether you prefer to bundle up with your family or show off your fancy holiday threads, here are five (plus one) Hanukkah happenings to put on your December itinerary.
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Hornets and Hoops
Saturday, December 9 at 7 p.m.
The Hornets host their 5th Annual Jewish Community Night at their game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. A portion of each ticket purchase will benefit Jewish Family Services. Connect with the Hornets’ group sales team to be in the post-game group photo on the court and to receive a complimentary, limited edition Hornets Kippah. If you already have your tickets, be sure to get a free Frank Kaminsky Stormtrooper bobblehead that is a part of a special Star Wars themed night happening at the game too.
See the Spectacular Book Menorah
Giant Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Chabad of Charlotte along with Lubavitch Education Center of North Carolina is bringing their annual Hanukkah celebration to SouthPark Mall. There will be entertainment and children’s activities at Circle Court, between Nordstrom and Nieman Marcus. Come early to see the 40+ car Menorah Parade as it approaches the mall. Guests are also encouraged to bring a book or toy to the event that will be donated to a child in need.
Indulge in Chocolate
Chanukah in the Chocolate Factory
Wednesday, December 13 at 5 p.m.
StoneCrest at Piper Glen
Hosted by Ballantyne Jewish Center, this year’s menorah lighting will appease your sweet tooth. Come to the Fountain Plaza at Stonecrest shopping center to see a 9ft. chocolate menorah. Nibble on sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and sip a hot drink as you listen to music from the Hebrew School of the Arts Children’s Choir.
Watch the Gelt Drop
Waxhaw Menorah Lighting
Thursday, December 14 at 5 p.m.
This is the 3rd Annual Menorah Lighting in the town of Waxhaw. Festivities will take place at E. North Main Street and the Overhead Bridge. Try some latkes (potato pancakes) as you explore downtown or craft with your kids at the children’s activities station. Then, stay to see the Giant Gelt Drop and Menorah Lighting.
Show off your Dreidel Skills
Drinks + Dreidels CLT
Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
As the Adam Sandler Chanukah Song goes, “You don’t need Deck The Halls or Jingle Bell Rock…you can spin a dreidel with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.” It’s time to put those skills to the test at this Grand Dreidel Tournament. The Chabad Young Professionals Uptown Charlotte will host a fun night for like-minded professionals that includes an open bar, photo booth, donut bar and menorah lighting.
Parent tip: If you aren’t able to find a babysitter, bring the whole family out for a Hanukkah Celebration and Dance hosted by Temple Israel on Saturday, December 16 instead. A Havdalah ceremony and dinner are a part of the program.
Since we’re in the South
Southern Fried Chanukah
Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m.
Southerners love our fried chicken. The Porch at Temple Beth El hosts their 5th Annual Fried Chanukah complete with latkes, fried chicken, mac and cheese and other delicious food on the menu. Play dreidel and enter the ‘Hay! You get half!” 50/50 cash raffle. This family-friendly event asks guests to bring a nut-free dessert or snack to share. B.Y.O. beer or wine.