5 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah in Detroit in 2022

Jake Newby

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Menorah in the D
Hanukkah (Chanukah) begins this year when the sun sets on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. The eight-day Jewish “festival of lights” runs until sundown Monday, Dec. 26, and many cities across Metro Detroit are celebrating the holiday with various major events.
Make sure these events are marked down in your calendar. Happy Hanukkah!

Menorah in the D

Address: Campus Martius Park at 800 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.
Cost: Free.
Time and Date: Event begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.
Every year in downtown Detroit, a 26-foot-tall menorah is lit up in downtown to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. Come for the live lighting and enjoy greetings from community leaders and dignitaries, the honoring of eight lamplighters, a fire show, and hot soup and cider. You must RSVP by filling out this form. The event will be broadcasted live, so guests can also sign up for a Zoom party kit that includes Chanukah treats and games.

Chanukah Wonderland, Parade of Love & Light and Community Concert

Address: 7290 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township.
Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield is hosting multiple days jam-packed with endless holiday fun right in the heart of West Bloomfield Township. Here is the breakdown of when and where the events are happening, and how much they cost:
Chanukah Wonderland: Noon through 4 p.m. on Sundays, Dec.18 and Dec. 25, and 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19.
Wonderland admission costs $8 and features:
  • Olive press workshop
  • Chanukah tot town
  • Dreidel bounce house
  • Chanukah crafts
  • Dance machines
  • Glow in the dark oil quest
  • Donut & latke making
  • Holiday boutique
Parade of Love & Light: 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Parade participants have the option to register their vehicle without a Menorah, purchase a car-top Menorah for $200 or purchase a window Menorah for $50.
Community Chanukah Concert: 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24.
This free concert features Piamenta’s music, an eight-foot “Coinorah,” latkes, soups and donuts, Chanukah crafts, a moon bounce and “crazy lights.”
Anyone interested in one of more of these Chanukah Wonderland events can register on the Bais Chabad website, here.
Hanukkah set: Collection of vector colorful flat Hanukkah symbols with menorah, coins, donuts.

Chanukah on Fire: Menorah Lighting and Fire Show

Address: 810 Sleeth Road in Commerce.
Cost: $10 per person of $36 per family.
Time and Date: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22.
The Chabad Jewish Center of Commerce/Walled Lake is hosting a grand Menorah lighting that features a fire juggler show, latkes and donuts, a dreidel waffle bar and more. RSVP for this all-ages event by visiting this website.

L’Chanukah, Detroit!

Address: Oak Park Social at 14691 West 11 Mile Road in Oak Park.
Time and Date: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
L’Chaim Detroit is getting in the spirit with a special holiday edition of its popular happy hour series. Grab a friend or come solo and make some new pals. Register in advance for $10, and your first drink is on us. In addition to sampling Oak Park Social’s great drinks, a latke bar will be set up and there will be dreidels and gelt, as well. All manner of Chanukah sweaters and apparel are encouraged. This event is intended for young adults aged 21 to 39.

Fourth Annual Downtown Royal Oak Menorah Lighting

Address: 5 Center Street, between 3rd and 4th Street by Eagle Plaza.
Cost: Free. Suggested donation is between $18 and $54. Click here to donate.
Time and Date: 4:30-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Join the Royal Oak Jewish Center – Chabad for this fun-for-all-ages event, which includes:
  • Giant Lego Menorah Lighting
  • Ice Dreidel Carving
  • Donut decorating and filling station
  • S’mores Roasting
  • Children’s Activity Zone
  • Hot cocoa, soup, latkes, and donuts
  • Fire Juggling Show
  • Grand Gelt Drop (chocolate coins dropped from the top of a fire truck ladder)
RSVP’ing is appreciated. Learn more and sign up for the event by filling out this form. Also for those in the Royal Oak area, “8 Crazy Nights” runs from Dec. 14 through Dec. 26. Click here for more details.
Photo credit: Menorah in the D Facebook page
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