Whether you want to cook at home and light candles to celebrate Hanukkah or join the crowds of people that gather for the city menorah lighting with the mayor, there are plenty of options. With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah happening at the same time, family and friends will be happy to commemorate the occasion of both holidays together with food, games, music and, of course, candles. These five ideas will help you plan the perfect Hanukkah in Boston.
Annual Everyone Loves Latkes Party in Harvard Square
Harvard Square Business Association
18 Brattle St., Suite 352
Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Dec. 13, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Each year in December, locals and visitors join together in celebration of Hanukkah in Harvard Square, hosted by the Harvard Square Business Association. Local restaurants provide creative and innovative latkes with all the fixings and sides, plus there are even cooking demonstrations. Live Klezmer music fills the air at this family-friendly gathering as well and there is even story telling time too. Be sure to head to the website for all this year’s specifics as they are announced.
A Light Through The Ages Hanukkah Celebration
Central Reform Temple
15 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Date: Dec. 4, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Head to the Back Bay for A Light Through The Ages Hanukah Celebration. This free event requires no RSVP or tickets to come in and enjoy a public concert from the Zamir Chorale of Boston, featuring Joshua Jacobson as Artistic Director. Take in the music, stories and candles at this annual multi-faith holiday celebration.
Enjoy a Kosher Meal at Rami’s
324 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446
What better way to commemorate the holiday than with a traditional Jewish meal from Coolidge Corner Glatt Kosher restaurant Rami’s? For over 20 years, Rami’s has served up authentic Israeli and Middle Eastern dishes, including falafel, shawarma, bourekas and more. It offers delivery and catering as well, so if you want to have a holiday party at home, this is the place to get ready for it. Keep in mind that Rami’s closes early on Friday (at 3 p.m.) to celebrate the Sabbath and is closed on Saturdays as well, but it is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Attend a Local Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
Each year, people gather for a ceremony and celebration as the 15-foot Chanukah Menorah is lit at the State House in downtown Boston. Usually government officials join together including members of the legislature, the governor, secretary of the state and many more for the kick off to the eight-day annual festival of lights. Throughout Boston and beyond, there are similar ceremonies and events including another big one at Boston Common, where they too join together to light the menorah with the mayor and plenty of other notable Bostonians.
Feast for the Festival at Home
Home Hanukkah Party
A traditional and fun way to celebrate a holiday in Boston is to host a gathering at home. Celebrate “Thanksgivukkah” weekend with games, food, drinks and fun amongst friends and family. Potato latkes are a perfect item for the menu and so is brisket, kugel, challah and, for dessert, rugelach. It wouldn’t be a Hanukkah party without a dreidel and other games too. You are sure to have a great time and a memorable holiday at home.
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