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Celebrating Chanukah in Las Vegas

It’s the time of year when lights shine bright, and latkes are on the plate in Las Vegas.

Chanukah, the “Festival of Lights,” commemorates the victory of the Maccabees against the Sellucid Greeks. It also recognizes the miracle of the oil that lasted eight nights during the re-sanctification of the Temple in Jerusalem. Remembering this miracle, a menorah is lit for eight nights with one candle added each night until all eight (plus the “helper” Shamash candle) glow brightly, and foods typically cooked in oil are enjoyed.

This year’s celebration lasts from December 18-26, overlapping with Christmas, and is filled with lights, delicious foods, and family-friendly events. If you’ve ever wondered what a hanukkiah (menorah) was or why everyone seems to be eating potato pancakes (latkes), chocolate coins (gelt) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) during these eight days, here’s your chance to join in the festivities and experience the holiday yourself. 

Las Vegas Celebrates Chanukah

Fremont Street Experience Menorah Lighting

The Grand Menorah Lighting will take place at Fremont Street Experience on December 18 in Downtown Las Vegas to mark the beginning of Hanukkah. At 4:30 p.m., just before sunset, festivities begin with a ceremony led by Rabbi Levi Haring and Rabbi Shea Haring of Chabad of Southern Nevada. The Grand Menorah is 20 feet tall, and each candle will be lit during the eight days of the holiday. 

Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Green Valley Ranch

At The District at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, a menorah lighting will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The District on December 18. Located at the entrance of Main Street, the family-friendly gathering features live entertainment, dreidels, gelt and crafts for all ages. 

Downtown Summerlin Menorah Lighting

Join Downtown Summerlin and Jewish Nevada in celebration of Hanukkah. Enjoy a festive family-friendly event featuring a menorah lighting, children’s activities, entertainment and more. The menorah, located at the Dining Arroyo, will be lit each night throughout the holiday. Check the website for the exact schedule.

Pinkbox Doughnuts

For a late-night or early-morning sweet treat, the seven Pinkbox Doughnuts Las Vegas locations brighten Hanukkah celebrations with festive desserts that draw inspiration from sweet traditions. Available throughout Hanukkah, the holiday collection includes Hanukkah PEE-WEEZ®, glazed vanilla cake bites rolled in Hanukkah sprinkles; Hanukkah Jellies, powdered sugar-coated raised shells filled with homemade raspberry jelly; the Hanukkah Ring, a white frosted, glazed vanilla cake topped with Hanukkah sprinkles; and the Star of David, a white frosted raised Star of David topped with blue sprinkles.

Siegel’s Bagelmania

Siegel’s Bagelmania will be offering Chanukah specials at both of their locations. You can order the dishes in individual portions or as a family-style feast. Both options include traditional Hanukkah dishes like brisket with gravy, roast chicken, matzo ball soup, potato latkes, sautéed green beans, glazed carrots, challah rolls, and holiday desserts. Check their website for the final menu.

Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa reprises its Hanukkah menu from December 18-25. Choose traditional potato latkes with smoked salmon, capers, dill crème fraîche and shallots; beef brisket with glazed rainbow carrot, pearl onion, red wine demi and sweet potato; and chocolate babka bread pudding with French vanilla ice cream, kosher chocolate and caramel sauce and fresh mint. All come with homemade challah bread with honey butter.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

Siegel’s 1941, located inside the historic El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, has an exclusive menu for Chanukah. The meal is available from December 18-26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly and includes Chopped Chicken Livers, Matzo Ball Soup, Tossed Green Salad, a choice of Roasted Apricot Chicken or Brisket of Beef and a dessert of Sweet Raisin Kugel or Ice Cream. The dinner is priced at $23.95 with a player’s club card and $28.95 without it.