Local communities host Hanukkah celebrations

December 9, 2012 9:39:03 AM PST
Hanukkah officially began this weekend, and area communities are ushering in the eight-day festival with public celebrations and menorah lightings.

The Shul of Bellaire is holding a Hanukkah festival tonight at the Bellaire Civic Center, 7008 South Rice Avenue.

From 5 to 6:30pm, "Chanukah in Chocolate Land" festivalgoers will help make a giant chocolate menorah and enjoy chocolate fondue and chocolate coins (gelt).

There will also be dreidels, donut decorating, hot potato pancakes (latkes), a carnival and crafts.

The event costs $36 per family and dinner is included.

The Bellaire public menorah lighting will follow at 6:30pm and will include a musical performance by students of Hebrew School of the Arts.

Chabad of The Woodlands will also hold a "Menorah on Market Street" menorah lighting and celebration tonight.

The free festival starts at 4:30pm in Central Park on Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive.

The menorah lighting will be held at 5:15pm. There will be latkes and doughnuts as well as crafts, live music and a raffle.

Kingwood will also be hosting a menorah lighting. The Thursday event at Kingwood Town Center, 8 North Main Street, will feature a moon bounce, latkes and donuts. It begins at 6pm.

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