Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Atlanta

December 7, 2012 8:00 AM

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hanukkah Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Atlanta

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Hanukkah, Chanukah, Festival of Lights – no matter how one may choose to spell it or what they elect to call it, this religious holiday has been observed by people of the Jewish faith the world over for more than 2,000 years. Commemorating the rededication of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple following the ousting of the Greek army from Israel, Hanukkah is celebrated over the course of eight days – this year falling from sunset on December 8 to nightfall on December 16. Atlanta is home to nearly 120,000 Jewish people and, in keeping with a thriving and tight-knit Jewish community, the city will play host to a number of wonderful Hanukkah celebrations for families and individuals of all ages.
An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu: Festival of Light Tour
Center Stage Theater
1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 885-1365

Date: December 10, 2012
Price: $24-$44

Cultural icon Matisyahu brings his unique reggae-rock, hip hop-infused sound to Atlanta’s Center Stage Theater on Monday, December 10. In its eighth year, Matisyahu’s Festival of Light Tour may not be a traditional observance of the ancient holiday, but it is a musical celebration of Judaism and the miracles at the heart of Hanukkah. Center Stage Theater will prove the ideal intimate setting for this one-of-a-kind acoustic concert, which is appropriate for all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Matisyahu will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $24 to $44 and are available for purchase online or at the door.

Menorah Madness
Zaban Park Courtyard
5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(678) 812-4000

Date: December 10-12, 2012
Price: Free

On Monday, December 10 through Wednesday, December 12, the Zaban Park Courtyard will be the site of a special three-night family friendly Hanukkah commemoration. Hosted by the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), the festivities will be comprised of live entertainment and fun children’s activities from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. During each evening’s celebration, Rabbi Brian Glusman will officiate the lighting of the menorah while guests enjoy hot chocolate and traditional jelly donuts. This free event is open to the community.

Related: Best Bets for Kosher Food in Atlanta

Vodka & Latkes
1197 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30361
(678) 812-4055

Date: December 13, 2012
Price: $10-$20

On Thursday, December 13, Shout will be the scene for what promises to be Midtown’s hottest Hanukkah party. Geared toward young men and women of the Jewish faith who are between 21 and their late 30s, the fun kicks off at 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy cocktails under the stars at Shout’s famed rooftop lounge, spin like a dreidel out on the dance floor and enjoy the lighting of the menorah’s sixth candle. Prices include drink ticket, latkes, doughnuts and admission until 11 p.m.

Meet the Holidays: Hanukkah
ImagineIt! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 659-5437

Date: December 15-16, 2012
Price: Free with general admission

ImagineIt! Children’s Museum of Atlanta will host special story and craft times designed to introduce children of all faiths to the holiday of Hanukkah and the meaning behind it. Pint-sized patrons will have an opportunity to create their own traditional Festival of Lights banner to take home. The Imaginators invite families to join them on Saturday, December 15 at noon for story and craft time, or on Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m. for craft time and 3 p.m. for story time. This event is recommended for children eight and under and is free with general admission to the museum. General admission to ImagineIt! is $12.75 (plus tax) for visitors ages two and up. Children under two will be admitted for free.

Related: Top Arts & Crafts Activities For Kids In Atlanta

Hanukkah Gift Fund
Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta
4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30338
(770) 677-9300

What better way to celebrate the holiday than by ensuring a happy Hanukkah for a family in need? Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta (JF&CS) has established a Hanukkah Gift Fund that has supported hundreds of struggling families during the holiday for nearly two decades. Secure online donations can be made through the JF&CS website and will be used to purchase basic necessities for disadvantaged families and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive them.

Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on

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