5 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah in Detroit in 2023

Jake Newby

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Menorah in the D
Hanukkah (Chanukah) begins this year when the sun sets on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. The eight-day Jewish “festival of lights” runs until sundown Friday, Dec. 15, and many cities across Metro Detroit are celebrating the holiday with various major events.
Here are some of the bigger celebrations:

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 Thursday Dec. 7. 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. There will be crafts, games and treats for children. You must RSVP by filling out this form. The event will be broadcasted live, so guests can also sign up for a virtual party kit. Find more information here.

Chanukah Wonderland, Parade of Light and Love

Address: 7290 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township.
Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield is hosting multiple events to celebrate Chanukah. Here is the breakdown of when and where:
Chanukah Wonderland: Noon through 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023
Activities include:
  • Olive press workshop
  • Family fun
  • Donut and latkes
  • Chanukah story performance
Parade of Love & Light: 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023
The car parade takes place at Jewish Senior Life in West Bloomfield.
Chanukah On the Dunes Party: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2023
Immediately following the parade, there will be a Chanukah party at On the Dunes Sports at 2055 Haggerty Road in Commerce Township.
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.
Time and Date: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023
The Chabad Jewish Center of Commerce/Walled Lake is hosting a giant Menorah lighting that features a grant dreidel game, festive music, latkes and donuts and more. Find more information here.

L'Chanukah Detroit at Pistons Jewish Heritage Night

Address: Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Time and Date: 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023
The happy hour series, L'Chaim Detroit, is getting in the Chanukah spirit with a very special holiday edition at Little Caesars Arena for Jewish Heritage Night when the Detroit Pistons play the Philadelphia 76ers. Find more information here.
Photo credit: Menorah in the D Facebook page
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