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This year, Hanukkah begins Dec. 8 and runs through Dec. 16. Whether you’re new to the community or just want to get the family out to celebrate this special season, Dallas Fort Worth has you covered. From menorah lightings and politicians honoring the holiday to the Zamarim Youth Singers performing, Hanukkah has never been more fun.

Dallas Galleria
13350 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 702-7100
www.galleriadallas.comPrice: free
Hours: Dec. 8 to Dec. 15 – 5 p.m.On Level 1, near the guest reception center, the Galleria Dallas celebrates Hanukkah. Its 15-foot custom designed menorah is a Dallas-Fort Worth tradition for this Jewish holiday. Enjoy entertainment, refreshments and goodies for the kids. Rabbi Mendel Dubrawsky of Chabad of Dallas presides over the lighting with a short speech, book readings for the children, song sessions and special snacks for the holiday. This event should last 30 minutes, so if you are new to this holiday tradition, it’s a great way to take a break from shopping and learn more about Hanukkah.

Shops at Willow Bend
6121 W. Park Blvd.
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 202-7110
www.shopsatwillowbend.comPrice: free
Hours: Dec. 10 – 6:30 p.m.Don’t miss this community menorah lighting presided over by Chabad of Plano and Collin County. The third candle is lit on this day with a nine-foot menorah and special entertainment. Kids will receive complimentary gift bags and families may enjoy a short speech by area politicians honoring the holiday.

Northpark Center
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75225
(214) 363-7441
www.northparkcenter.comPrice: free
Hours: Dec. 9 – 6:30 p.m.Chabad of Dallas is back the second night presiding over the lighting of the Menorah at Northpark Center. There will also be refreshments and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The program will take place next to Barney’s New York and should last roughly 30 minutes.

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Temple Emanu-El Choir Northpark Concert
Northpark Center
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX75225
(214) 706-0000 ext. 134
www.tedallas.orgPrice: free
Hours: Dec. 11 – 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.The Temple Emanu-El Choir will be performing their annual Chanukah concert which also includes the Zamarim Youth Singers. Cantor Richard Cohn will also be a part of this special group where you will hear wonderful songs celebrating this fantastic tradition.

Temple Emanu-El Chanukkah Shabat Services with Julie Silve
Temple Emanu-El 
8500 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, Texas 75225
(214) 706-0000
www.tedallas.orgPrice: free
Hours: Dec. 14 – 6 p.m.; children’s activities – 7 p.m.This special shabat service at Temple Emanu-El will also include musical guest Julie Silver. Silver is renowned throughout the world for contemporary Jewish music performances. In 2007, Silver recorded a Hanukkah album called, “It’s Chanukah Time” for Barnes and Noble. Following the service there will be a children’s Hanukkah activity and social service project beginning at 7 pm.

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First Night Chanukah Menorah Lighting
4050 S. Hulen St.
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 731-4721
www.ahavathshalom.orgPrice: free/tickets required to attend
Hours: Dec. 8 – 7 p.m.Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Congresswoman Kay Granger will be the honored guests at this ceremonial menorah lighting. In addition to lighting the menorah, enjoy music by the Lucky Break Jewish Blue Grass Band and the children’s choir. There will also be an awards presentation to the congregation for its participation in the Clean for Quarters initiative helping area Tarrant County homeless.

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