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Hanukkah 2013 is quickly approaching and the Philadelphia is more than prepared to celebrate the Festival of Lights with a plethora of celebrations planned at restaurants, museums and attractions around the town.
With the start of the eight-day long holiday coinciding with Thanksgiving Day this year, a number of restaurants have embraced “Thanksgivukah,” offer two-for-one holiday celebrations. For our complete guide to Thanksgiving dinners at restaurants in Philadelphia, check here.
To help you celebrate from the lighting of the first candle on Wednesday, November 27 through the end of the holiday on the evening of Thursday, December 5, we’ve compiled a list of Hanukkah festivities, below. Whether you’re looking for a taste of gourmet latkes or a festive family event, there’s something for you.
Read on for our picks for Hannukah celebrations in and around Philadelphia.
• Giant Menorah Lighting at Rittenhouse Square: Wednesday, December 4, Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets, 5:30 p.m.; Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, 4 p.m., $5. The annual lighting of the menorah in Rittenhouse Square is set for Wednesday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. As dusk settles over the park, prayers will be sung and the first candle will be lit on one of the city’s largest menorahs. Before the lighting, join in the Community Chanukah Party at the Ethical Society at 4 p.m. Families can enjoy latkes, donuts and dreidels, as well as a magic show.
• Cocktails & Candle Lighting at the National Museum of American Jewish History: Wednesday, December 4, 7-10 p.m. $12, members, $18, non-members. Old City, 101 South Independence Mall East. Join the Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History for a festive affair to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with complimentary drinks, behind-the-scenes gallery tours and, of course, a lighting of the menorah.
• Hanukkah Celebration with the Jewish Federation Renaissance Group: Sunday, November 24, 10 a.m.-noon, $25 per family. Old City, 101 South Independence Mall East. For families with young children, the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Renaissance Group team up for a Hanukkah celebration and interactive gallery exploration complete with dreidel making, a song session, latke eating, menorah lighting and more.
• A Touch of Glass at The Gershman Y: Ongoing though Sunday, December 8. 401 South Broad Street. In a visual celebration of Hanukkah, The Gershman Y exhibits A Touch of Glass, an display of glass Hanukah menorahs, or Hanukkiot, by 12 national and international artists in the Borowsky Gallery. Admission to the exhibition is free, and all work is for sale, with prices starting at $150.
• London Grill: Wednesday, November 27-Thursday, December 5. Fairmount, 2301 Fairmount Avenue. London Grill celebrates with a Thanksgivukah event that will keep your stomach full of latkes. The Eight Days of Latkes and Lights event will begin on Saturday, December 8 and provide guests with eight days of latkes of all kinds. Think latkes topped with beet horseradish cream, smoked fish and caviar. Also during this event, there will be a daily candle lighting at 5:30 p.m. Fun!
• Hanukkah at Zahav: Wednesday, November 27. Society Hill, 237 St. James Place. Two holidays come together on Thanksgiving Eve at Zahav with a combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Imagine classic Thanksgiving items with a Hanukkah twist at this one-of-a-kind dinner. Think hummus with braised brisket, green bean and lentil salad, honey baked lamb, cornbread and cranberry stuffing, turkey shisklik and fried challah donuts complete with burnt marshmallow and sweet potato. Sounds pretty great to us. The meal is $39 per person, and reservations are required.
• Jive Turkey Dance Party featuring Thanks-A-Latke at The Trestle Inn: Wednesday, November 27, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Callowhill, 11th and Callowhill streets. Join the party for both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving at The Trestle Inn. Start the night at 7 p.m. with a toast to the first night of Hanukkah with Thanks-A-Latke, featuring chilled Boyd & Blair potato vodka and a screening of The Hebrew Hammer. Then, do the jive until the wee hours with a Jive Turkey Dance Party.
• Supper: Thursday, November 28. Bella Vista, 926 South Street. Sweet potato soup topped with cinnamon marshmallow and sage and farm-raised turkey take the table at Supper’s annual Thanksgiving dinner, which also celebrates Hanukkah this year. Indulge in a variety of farm-fresh menu favorites for $60 per person for adults and $32 for children under 12.
• Latkepalooza: Monday, December 2, 7-9:30 p.m., $35. Vie, 600 N. Broad Street. Celebrate Hanukkah with The Gershman Y at the 11th annual Latkepalooza holiday food festival on Monday, December 2. This year the potato pancake feast moves from The Gershman Y’s home on the Avenue of the Arts to swanky event venue Vie on North Broad Street. Plus, this year’s Latkepalooza features not one, but two tasting events: A family-friendly pre-party for kids from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a grand tasting event geared towards the over 21 set from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
• Matisyahu at The Blockley: Wednesday, December 4, 8:30 p.m.$35-$40. University City, 3801 Chestnut Street. On the last night of Hannukah, head to The Blockey to see Grammy Award-nominated rapper Matisyahu perform his Festival of Light. Known for blending traditional Jewish themes into his tunes, Matisyahu’s concert is presented by Penn Hillel.
Bonus: Check out the Jewish Exponent for religious and community celebrations throughout the Hanukkah holiday.