Top Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Houston

Top Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Houston

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights in late November or December. In Hebrew, the word “hanukkah” means dedication, which goes hand-in-hand with how this special holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory in 165 B.C.E. Below find several events that will allow the Houston Jewish community to celebrate the season with others while having fun and enjoying the holiday.

Hoops & Hanukkah At The Toyota Center
1510 Polk St.
Houston, TX. 77002
(713) 758-7451

Date: Dec. 18, 2014

Hoops & Hanukkah is perfect for the avid sports fan. This event allows the celebration of Hanukkah with the Houston Rockets on December 18, 2014. The purchase of a ticket to this event allows the spectator to enjoy a pre-game Chanukah Party at the Root Memorial Square Basketball Court, which is located across the street from the main venue, an awesome t-shirt to the first 350 tickets purchased, Half-Time on the Court Menorah Lighting Ceremony, an exclusive meet and greet with the Omri Casspi and post-game free throws. This is an event that shouldn’t be missed.

Chanukah On Ice At Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX. 77010
(713) 774-0300

Date: Dec. 21, 2014

Houston-area residents will have the opportunity to enjoy fun on the ice at Discovery Green. This fun event is sponsored by HEB, and Levy Funeral Directors and entails a ton of fun and activities for all to enjoy. Children will enjoy skating with Clutch, the Houston Rockets Mascot, and lighting the huge Ice Menorah. In addition to the fun skating and interacting with friends and family, attendees will be able to purchase Laykie’s Gourmet Food. Skate rental can be reserved online for $10 or purchased at the event for $12.

Menorah Mobile Parade
777 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 774-0300

Date: Dec. 16, 2014

Houston residents can have fun and enjoy the Menorah Mobile Parade. The parade begins with lighting Houston’s Largest Menorah in the Galleria next to the fountain between Macy’s and Nordstrom. Onlookers will see various vehicles topped with eight-branched festive candelabras known as menorahs that will help to spread the message of Chanukah.

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Chanukah On Fire
Post Oak Blvd. & Uptown Park Blvd.
Houston, TX. 77027
(713) 419-3960

Date: Dec. 16, 2014

Chanukah On Fire is in cooperation with the Uptown Houston District and includes numerous activities for the entire family. Join in the fun on December 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. and watch an amazing, intriguing fire show by Mr. Cirque. Other activities include a giant Menorah lighting, inflatables for the kids to enjoy, crafts for those looking to express their creative abilities for the season and lots of delicious refreshments and gifts for purchase.

Chanukah Boat Party
2500 South Shore Harbour Dr.
League City, TX 77573
(713) 419-3960

Date: Dec. 21, 2014

Young Houston Jewish professionals (ages 21 and older) can enjoy the Chanukah Boat Party on December 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. In addition to a Sunset Menorah Lighting at Sea, passengers will enjoy a spectacular three-hour boat cruise that will allow them to mingle and network with other young adults. Drinks, food and tons of fun will be had by all on this evening cruise departing from Shore Harbor.

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