Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah at celebrations and events around Greater Houston from Sunday, November 14 to Monday, December 6, 2021.
Load up on chocolate gelt (coins), latkes, and other holiday favorites while lighting the menorah and enjoying music, live entertainment, crafts, and other activities during this Chanukah 2021 in Houston.
This year, Chanukah starts on Sunday, November 28, 2021, and concludes on Monday, December 6, 2021. You’ll find plenty of opportunities in between to enjoy the Festival of Lights throughout the month.
Be sure to check back as we’ll continue to add events for Hanukkah 2021 as they appear.
2021 Chanukah Events Around Greater Houston
- New Traditions Outdoor Chanukah Market at Congregation Emanu El | Sunday, November 14 | No Cover – Across from Rice University, the Reform synagogue offer an outdoor market where you can stop by to pick up all sorts of Chanukah goodies, including nut-free gelt, candles, menorahs, toys, dreidels, decorations and more. 10am to 2pm.
- Giant Menorah Lighting Celebration at Sugar Land Town Square | Sunday, November 28 | FREE – Chabad of Sugar Land hosts their annual giant menorah lighting on the plaza at Sugar Land Town Square. Stop by on the first night of Chanukah to enjoy Israeli food, live music, dancing, arts and crafts for children, and more. 4pm to 6:30pm.
- Chanukah Menorah Parade at Chabad Outreach in Meyerland | Sunday, November 28 | FREE – Join in on a Chanukah parade where dozens of vehicles crowned by menorahs will make their way from Chabad Outreach in Southwest Houston to City Hall in Downtown for a celebration on the first night of Chanukah. Registration is required to participate. Parade begins at 4pm.
- Post Oak Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Book Trail in Uptown Houston | Sunday, November 28 | FREE – Dive into an interactive 18-step book trail that walks visitors through a visual and audio experience of the Chanukah story, plus collect souvenirs as you walk and take advantage of the outdoor photo ops. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 4pm.
- Bellaire Chanukah Festival at Bellaire Town Square | Sunday, November 28 – The Shul of Bellaire welcomes the Rogers Park Band for a concert in celebration of the first night of Chanukah. Guests will also enjoy a dinner buffet, craft activities and treats, a giant musical menorah, face painting, inflatables and more. Tickets are $10, $8 for children; includes dinner. 4pm.
- Chanukah Celebration & Menorah Lighting at Houston City Hall | Sunday, November 28 | FREE – The City of Houston will host the 26th Annual Menorah Lighting at City Hall in Downtown. Guests will see a line of menorah-topped cars arrive with the Chanukah Menorah Parade, plus a children’s program, crafts, a raffle, and Chanukah gift box for children. 5pm.
- AJFF presents Hanukkah Film Festival 2021 | Sunday, November 28 through Sunday, December 12 | Virtual Only – Get cozy on the couch with eight nights of new Chanukah and Jewish films with this streaming festival from Austin Jewish Film Festival (AJFF). Starting on the first evening of Chanukah, new movies drop each night of the Jewish Festival of Lights, and all can be viewed through Sunday, December 12, 2021 as long as you live in Texas. $36 for the full film series.
- 12th Annual Chanukah Extravaganza Blockbuster Party at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire | Monday, November 29 – The Bellaire Jewish Center kicks off their 12th annual Chanukah Extravaganza with a party at Evelyn’s Park featuring a community menorah lighting, crafts, inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses, cirque performers, all-you-can-eat Chinese food, a latke bar, DJ music, and more. Tickets are $15 per person, $12 per child, $45 max per family; tickets are more expensive at the gate. 4:44pm.
- Chanukah Concert & Menorah Lighting at Central Green at LaCenterra in Katy | Monday, November 29 | FREE – Chabad of West Houston hosts Jewish singer-songwriter Tali Yess for a live concert, in addition to the lighting of the menorah on the second night of Chanukah. 6pm.
- Hanukkah Concert featuring Soprano Sivan Rotem at Holocaust Museum Houston | Thursday, December 2 | FREE – Israeli soprano Sivan Rotem appears at the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater in the Museum District for a recital that includes Israeli and Jewish music in Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew, as well as some Spanish. The soprano has performed throughout the world as a soloist with international orchestras and will be accompanied by Rice University’s Charlie Tauber. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required. Face masks required for ages 2 and up. 6:30pm.
- Chanukah Shabbat Dinner at Chabad of West Houston | Friday, December 3 – On the sixth night of Chanukah, Chabad of West Houston hosts their annual Chanukah Shabbat event, featuring an outdoor Menorah lighting, a Shabbat candle lighting and service, and dinner. $18 for adults; $10 for ages under 10. Menorah lighting at 4:45pm; dinner at 6pm.
- Chanukah Shabbat Dinner at Congregation Emanu El | Friday, December 3 – Near Rice University, Congregation Emanu El will host their Chanukah Shabbat dinner, featuring brisket, chicken, latkes, challah rolls and vegetables. Following dinner, the synagogue will begin their service and encourages everyone to bring their Chanukiahs to light up the room. Chanukah cookies and gelt will follow. $15 for adults; $8 for children. 6pm.
- Grand Chanukah Celebration & Menorah Lighting at Market Street in the Woodlands | Sunday, December 5 | FREE – The Rogers Park Band headlines this 11th annual outdoor celebration in the Woodlands, followed by the lighting of a 9-foot menorah by Rabbi Mendel Blecher. Goodie bags for children will also be handed out for those that pre-register through Chabad of the Woodlands. Additional festivities will also take place at Central Green. 4pm.
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