Guide to Hanukkah events in Cleveland: Menorah lighting to latke bars

The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah begins Sunday, December 2, 2018, here are a few of the great events that you can take advantage of throughout NEO during the "festival of lights".

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For additional seasonal events check out the CLE Weekend Holiday Event guide

Sunday, December 2

Chanukah Extravaganza! 

  • Traditional music
  • take-home crafts
  • ice-skating
  • cold beer
  • latke bar
  • Menorah lighting
  • Gelt shop
  • Chanukah-themed photo studio

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: Hyatt Place Crocker Park

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 21 minutes; West

Monday, December 3

Gates Mills Festival of Lights 

  • Menorah Lighting
  • Refreshments at Burton Court

When: Monday, December 3, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Village Park, 1491 Chagrin River Rd, Gates Mills

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 30 minutes, East

 

Kent State Chabad

  • Menorah Lighting
  • Doughnuts
  • Latkes
  • Music

When: Monday, December 3, 7 p.m.

Location:  Risman Plaza, 800 E. Summit St.

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 53 minutes, South

 

Mayfield Village Menorah Lighting

  • Menorah Lighting
  • Menorah made of 40,000 legos

When: Monday, December 3, 7-8p.m.

Location: Village Parks and Recreation Department, 6622 Wilson Mills Road

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 25 minutes, East

 

Tuesday, December 4

ETON Chagrin Boulevard Menorah Lighting

  • Menorah Lighting
  • Gelt drop
  • Make your own menorah
  • Chanukah treats
  • Performance by Chicago Boyz Acrobatic team

When: Tuesday, December 4, 6:05 p.m.-8 p.m.

Location: ETON Chagrin Boulevard, 2556 Elmhurst Drive, Woodmere

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 25 minutes, East

 

 Menorah on Mayfield Lighting

  • Menorah Lighting
  • Create your own dreidel
  • S’mores menorah
  • Latke, donuts, and hot drinks

When: Tuesday, December 4, 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Location: Lyndhurst City Hall, 5301 Mayfield Road

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 25 minutes, East

Wednesday, December 5

Grand Menorah Lighting in Downtown Cleveland

  • Menorah lighting
  • Music
  • Hot chocolate & cappuccino
  • Chanukah gelt
  • Potato Latkes
  • Donuts
  • Kosher food truck
  • Car menorah display

When: Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Public Square, middle facing NE corner

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: You’re There!

 

jHub Hanukkah Party

  • hors d’oeuveres
  • rock music
  • family friendly

When: Wednesday, December 5 , 6-9 p.m.

Location: Music Box Social Club, 1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, Oh 44113

Admission: $10 (kids are free), parking included

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: You’re basically there! Flats West bank

 

Maltz Museum Chanukah Candle Lighting

  • Menorah candle lighting
  • Music
  • Holiday crafts
  • Admission to a special exhibition “Israel: Then & Now”

When: Wednesday, December 5

Location: Music Box Social Club, 1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, Oh 44113

Admission: Free with registration

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 25 minutes; East

 

Solon Chabad Menorah Lighting

  • 15 ft Menorah candle lighting
  • Music
  • Appearance by Elsa from Frozen
  • Chocolate Gelt
  • refreshments

When: Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Solon Chabad, 5570 Harper Road

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 40 minutes; East

 

“Light the Night” Menorah Lighting Twinsburg

  • Menorah candle lighting
  • Music
  • games
  • Food

When: Wednesday, December 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: Twinsburg Community Center, 10260 Ravenna Road

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 35 minutes; East

 

Thursday, December 6

28th annual Chanukah at Summit Mall

  • Giant menorah made of basketballs
  • Children’s choir
  • Live music
  • Latke & doughnuts

When: Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St, Fairlawn

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 45 minutes; South

 

Hanukkah Painting at Painting with a Twist

  • Sip wine, have a snack and paint a Hanukkah themed painting
    • The studio is BYO “Feel free to bring in your favorite beverage and some light snacks to enjoy during class! Remember you are painting most of the time so finger foods are best!”

When: Thursday, December 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Painting with a Twist, 15225 Pearl Rd, Strongsville, Ohio 44136

Admission: $35 includes 16×20 canvas and paints

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 30 minutes; South

Sunday, December 9

Legacy Village Menorah Parade & Lighting

When: Sunday, December 9, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Legacy Village, 25001 Cedar Road

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 25 minutes; East

 

University Heights Menorah Lighting

  • Menorah lighting ceremony

When: Sunday, December 9, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Waterstone Medical Center, 14100 Cedar Road

Admission: Free

Distance from Downtown Cleveland: 25 minutes; East

In addition to community Hanukkah events, Cleveland has dozens of synagogues and temples that will be hosting their own Chanukah celebrations. Consult this list of Cleveland temples and synagogues.