Families gathered to watch the ceremonial lighting of the community menorah at the Galleria.

Families gathered to watch the ceremonial lighting of the community menorah at the Galleria.

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Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of lights, begins Sunday, Dec. 2. First-night celebrations include those at Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Frisco City Hall, NorthPark and Southlake Town Square. And every evening through Dec. 10, the Galleria Dallas will light its large-scale menorah. The Jewish holiday celebrates a miracle, when a single day's supply of oil to light the candelabra at the Second Temple in Jerusalem lasted eight days. The Chabads of North Texas have teamed up to make sure that all families will have free and festive opportunities to celebrate the holiday.

Frisco Community Hanukkah Celebration

The Chabad of Frisco hosts this fifth annual menorah lighting. There will be music and dancing, children's crafts and games, and holiday food and drinks.

Dec. 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. Free. facebook.com/chabadfrisco.

Swiss Avenue Lantern Walk

Learn about the Christmas and Hanukkah traditions of Dallas during the early 1900s while touring Swiss Avenue-area homes. The event, which will be hosted by costumed docents, will include a guided tour of the Aldredge House at 5500 Swiss Ave., plus drinks, refreshments and carols from the Woodrow Wilson High School Variations Show Choir. Valet parking will be available.

Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Swiss Avenue neighborhood, Dallas. $75 per person. friendsofaldredgehouse.org.

Hanukkah at Southlake Town Square

Celebrants will catch and collect gelt (chocolate coins) dropped from a fire engine at this event marking the first day of Hanukkah. The Chabad of Arlington and the Mid-Cities presents the menorah lighting, which will also include live music, refreshments and fire-safety activities.

Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square, 1400 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake. Free. arlingtonchabad.org.

Hanukkah Hoopla

Before the Chabad of Dallas hosts a menorah lighting, there will be a DJ and dancing; activities for children, including face painting and a trackless train; and a marketplace of gift items for sale from artists, designers and retailers.

Dec. 2 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. Free admission. jccdallas.org.

Menorah Lighting

Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at NorthPark Center with Chabad of Dallas. There'll be face painters, magicians, music, treats and more.

Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. Free. facebook.com/chabadofdallas.

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

A candle on the Galleria's large-scale menorah will be lighted each night of Hanukkah.

Dec. 2-10 at 6 p.m. on Level 1 (near Guest Reception) at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Free. galleriadallas.com.

Festival of Lights

Join the Chabad of Plano/Collin County for a community menorah-lighting ceremony.

Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Dillard's Court at the Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. Free. shopwillowbend.com/events.

West Village Menorah Lighting

The Intown Chabad's 12th annual menorah lighting at West Village will include free menorah kits, latkes, live music and fun for family and friends. 

Dec. 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. at West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas. Free. westvil.com.

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Light up the Night

Hosted by the Chabad of Arlington and the Mid-Cities, the evening's festivities include live music, latkes and doughnuts.

Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Texas Live, 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Arlington. Free. arlingtonchabad.org.

Compiled by Shannon Sutlief, from staff reports

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