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Pittsburgh area Hanukkah celebrations — including a ‘Grand Chanukah Chocolate Gelt Drop’

Many Hanukkah celebrations have returned to in-person events. Here is a list of some of the Pittsburgh area’s Hanukkah celebrations. Be sure to look for registration information and COVID-19 policies, as necessary, on links provided.

  • Chabad of Squirrel Hill menorah lighting, 4 p.m. Nov. 28, corner of Beacon Street and Murray Avenue
  • Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh’s virtual menorah lighting, 5:38 p.m. Nov. 28
  • Temple Ohav Shalom menorah lighting: 5 p.m. Nov. 28 at McCandless Crossing on McKnight Road
  • Downtown Pittsburgh menorah lighting, 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at the City-County Building on Grant Street in Pittsburgh
  • Grand Menorah Parade and Chanukah Celebration in Squirrel Hill: Parade begins at 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Festival begins at 6 p.m.
  • Virtual Latke Skillshare, 6 p.m. Nov. 30: Pittsburgh Repair and 412 Food Rescue will gather virtually to discuss using food scraps to make latkes, talk about food justice and enjoy Hanukkah treats together virtually.
  • Chabad of the South Hills menorah lighting and Fire & Ice festival and Grand Chanukah Chocolate Gelt Drop: 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Dormont Pool
  • Beth El Congregation’s Chanukah Extravaganza: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1.
  • JCC’s Chanukah Celebration, Light Up Night 7, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4: Crafts, Havdalah, candle lighting. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed through the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg. Accepting toys for all ages and interests. The celebration is free and open to all. Registration and COVID-19 information listed here.

Free & Open to All

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Chanukah Bash: Event held at Iron City Circus Arts, 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Event features a doughnut station and aerialists.

Learn more about Hanukkah here.

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Light up celebrations: Erie, Sewickley, Carnegie, more to celebrate with Dec. 3-4 dates

These evoke a very Hallmark Channel holiday movie feeling. Most include Santa and fireworks! Check out these small-town downtown festive celebrations!

See more Pittsburgh area holiday season events!