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Menorah Lighting Events and Chanukah Celebrations

Local families enjoy Chanukah celebrations throughout the Hudson Valley

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It's that time of year again. Families across the Hudson Valley are getting into the Chanukah spirit with community lighting ceremonies and celebrations. We have rounded them up right here for you!

Nov. 18: Home Depot Menorah Workshop, 2:30-3:30pm
Build your own Menorah and enjoy music and refreshments. Kids even get a free worker's apron! The Home Depot. 450 Rte. 9, Fishkill. 845-440-7592

Nov. 20: Stuff-A-Menorah Workshop, 10-11am
Ages 0-6 join in pre-Chanukah fun with stories, songs and Build-A-Menorah activity. Rhinebeck Jewish Center. 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-7666.

Dec. 2: The Magic of Chanukah & Menorah Lighting, 2-4pm
Crafts, activities, magic show, latkes and more! Rhinebeck Jewish Center. 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-7666.

Dec. 2: Annual Menorah Lighting on the Walkway Over the Hudson, 3pm
Chanukah songs, doughnuts, dreidels, hot latkes, cider and more! Walkway Over the Hudson. 87 Haviland Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-463-5801

Dec. 2-10: Daily Lighting of the Largest Menorah in the Hudson Valley, Times Vary.
Join together to light up the darkness with the eternal Chanukah flames. One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-463-5801

Dec. 2: Lights and Strikes Community Bowl, 3:30pm
2hrs of unlimited bowling! Bowling pin Menorah lighting, Kosher pizza, donuts and chocolate Gelt! Schneider's Fishkill Bowl. 110 Route 82, Fishkill. 845-782-2770.

Dec. 2: Come Light the Giant Balloon Menorah, 4pm
The largest Chanukah celebration in the county! Enjoy doughnuts, music, crafts, balloon games and prizes and the great balloon drop too! Galleria Mall, Middletown. 845-291-0514.

Dec. 2: The Great Chanukah Firetruck Gelt Drop & Monroe Menorah Lighting, 4:30pm
Latkes, donuts, dignitaries, dreidels and hot cocoa! Plus special coin surprises and performance from the Allegro Youth Orchestra. Free. Commuter Parking Lot, Millpond Pkwy, Monroe. 845-782-2770.

Dec. 3: Menorah Lighting in Red Hook, 5:30pm
Light the Menorah with the Red Hook community. Sing songs, enjoy latkes and donuts! South Broadway, Red Hook. 845-876-7666.

Dec. 3: Chanukah Menorah Lighting, 5:30pm
Enjoy hot latkes, cider and doughnuts. Town Supervisor and other community officials will be joining. Mill Park. 1642 Main St., Pleasant Valley. 845-463-5801

Dec. 3: Tuxedo Menorah Lighting, 6pm
All are welcome for a free celebration at the Tuxedo Train Station for latkes, donuts, dignitaries, dreidels and hot cocoa! Tuxedo. 845-782-2770.

Dec. 4: Chanukah Family Celebration, 4-6pm
Design your own Lego Judaic crafts, play games and see the largest Lego Menorah in Dutchess County. Poughkeepsie Galleria. 2001 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-463-5801

Dec. 4: Annual Chanukah Festival, 5:30
Menorah lighting, latkes, donuts, hot drinks and chocolate Gelt. Adams Fairacre Farms. 160 Old Post Rd, Wappingers. 845-440-7592.

Dec. 5: Menorah Lighting, 3:45pm
Join us for hot latkes, doughnuts and hot apple cider. Hyde Park Town Hall. 4383 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-463-5801

Dec. 5: Light up Pawling, 5pm
Community Menorah Lighting on the village green with a giant Menorah lighting, doughnuts, chocolate gelt and dreidels. Free. Pawling Village Green. Charles Coleman Blvd, Pawling. 845-440-7592.

Dec. 5: Chanukah and the Chocolate Factory, 5pm
Create and light the giant chocolate menorah! Buffet dinner, Oompa Loompa latkes, chocolate driedels, hot chocolate bar, chocolate Gelt, donuts, bowling, Chanukah songs and a show by entertainer Adam Realman! $15/person in advance, $18 at the door. Colonial Lanes, 78 Brookside Ave, Chester.

Dec. 5: Middletown Hanukkah Lighting, 4:15-5pm
Celebrate and bring the joy of Chanukah to all with live music and sweets from Something Sweet Dessert Cafe. Everyone welcome. 9 North St, Middletown. 845-562-7860

Dec. 5: Glow-in-the-Dark Outdoor Menorah Lighting, 5:30pm
A Kosher Chinese buffet with hot latkes and doughnuts will be served to all. Performance Motor Cars. 1401 Rte. 9, Wappingers Falls. 845-463-5801

Dec. 5: Chanukah Family Concert, 5:30-8:30pm
RSVP to celebrate Chanukah together with the whole family! The Shira and Friends band will be doing an interactive performance at Temple Sinai. Free dinner throughout the event. RSVP to 845-343-1861.

Dec. 6: Menorah Lighting at Adams, 5:30-6:30pm
Songs, latkes and donuts to celebrate the Menorah lighting with the Poughkeepsie community. Adams. 765 Dutchess Tpk, Poughkeepsie. 845-876-7666.

Dec. 6: Menorah Lighting Celebration, 5:30pm
Fresh doughnuts, hot latkes and apple cider will be served. Town Hall of Lagrangeville. 120 Stringham Rd., Lagrangeville. 845-463-5801

Dec. 7: Community Chanukah Dinner, 6pm
The community is invited to enjoy traditional Shabbat dinner in honor of Chanukah. Songs, stories, service at 6pm, dinner at 6:30. Suggested donation of $25 for adults and $15 kids. Reservations required. Rhinebeck Jewish Center. 102 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck. 845-876-7666.

Dec. 7: Chanukah Community Candle Lighting, 7pm
Bring your Menorah and join in the lighting of hundreds of candles. Gather for a special service featuring lively takes of the season. Hanukah Happening is a carnival featuring craft activities and games. Letkes and jelly donuts plus holiday shopping. 243 Albany Ave, Kingston. 845-338-8131.

Dec. 8: Menorah Lighting in Rhinebeck, 6-7pm
Come light the Menorah with the Rhinebeck community. Songs, latkes and donuts! Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking Lot. Market St, Rhinebeck. 845-876-7666.

Dec. 9: Menorah Lighting in Millbrook, 4-5pm
Light the Menorah with the Millbrook community. Songs, latkes and donuts too! The Thorne Building. Franklin Ave, Millbrook. 845-876-7666.

Dec. 9: Community Chanukah Party, 11am-1pm
Singing, delicious food, games of all kinds including candy dreidel making. The afternoon will end with a dance party! Bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry. BHA. 331 Verplanck Ave, Beacon. 845-831-2112.

Dec. 10: Kosher Chinese & Movie Night at the RJC, 6pm
Kosher Chinese dinner along with a movie and games for the kids. $15/person. Reservations required: 845-876-7666 or e-mail

Updated November 26, 2018

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