Hanukkah is an eight-day winter “festival of lights,” traditionally celebrated by those who follow the Jewish faith. It begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev and follows the Hebrew calendar which is based on the lunar cycle meaning it can occur on different dates each year.

Check out these can't-miss Hanukkah celebrations in Columbus this season.


Menorah Lighting at Easton Town Center

December 9 | 7:30 pm

Attend this event by Easton and Chabad of Columbus to view the Menorah Lighting in Town Square. This family-friendly event will be full of raffle prizes, music, refreshments and more! Learn more about this event and other holiday happenings at Easton, here.


Holiday Lights Menorah Light up At Easton Town Center


Jewish Heritage Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets

December 10 | 12 pm

Cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets as they take on the Florida Panthers! In addition to watching the game, guests will participate in the lighting of the menorah and have the opportunity to take part in a postgame slapshot on the ice. Tickets are $50 and include a Hebrew CBJ Beanie and Kosher food, get yours.

Hanukkah Celebration at Franklin Park Conservatory

December 11 | 5 pm

In partnership with the Jewish Community Center, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is hosting a Hanukkah Celebration as part of their holiday exhibition, Conservatory Aglow. Evening festivities include children's crafts, activities and entertainment along with a public lighting of the menorah at 7 pm. Get tickets.


Couple hugging under a tunnel of lights at Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens


Maccabee Landing Dreidel Drop & Chanukah Candy Cannon

December 7 | 4:30 pm

Ahead of the first night of Hanukkah, this free event consists of a Hanukkah Hero skydiving from a helicopter to light the first candle! Join in the fun at Bevelhymer Park Yellow Zone, 7950 Bevelhymer Road, Westerville, OH 40381. RSVP here.

The Ohio State House Menorah Lighting and Party for Young Jewish Professionals

December 12 | 7:00 pm

Watch the Statehouse Menorah light up followed by a Chanukah Party inside the Museum Gallery. 

Bexley Menorah Lighting

December 10 | 6:00 pm

Head to Drexel Circle for Donuts, dreidels, dancing and apple cider at the Bexley Menorah Lighting. 

Ice Skating & Menorah Lighting at Chiller Easton

December 11 | 4:30 pm

Enjoy ice skating, Chanukah music, crafts, donuts and more at the Fire & Ice event. Register, here

Friday Night of Lights

December 8 | 4:30 pm

Occurring on the Friday of Hanukkah, guests enjoy a grand Menorah lighting followed by a family-friendly, three-course meal at the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany. Register, here

Chanukah Winter Wonderland

December 13 | 6:30 pm

Featuring Chanukah Cookie Decorating and Whimsical Chanukah Crafts at Kitchen of Life, 2525 E. Main Street.

CTeen Limo Drive

December 13 | 6:30 pm

Ride in a limo with a Menorah affixed on top of it with Chanukah music and Dreidel Championship! Sign up here

Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate! Please share your memories with us on social using #CelebrateCBUS.