Chabad centers in Southern Arizona will hold dozens of Chanukah events and community celebrations which will include igniting large menorahs at public locations throughout the eight-day holiday.

In preparation for the Festival of Lights, Chabad is distributing free Menorah kits that include a shiny tin Menorah, colorful candles, a dreidel and text of the blessings. Classes on the meaning of Chanukah are presented by both rabbis and rebbetzins.

Chabad rabbis and volunteers will be visiting and leading celebrations at the retirement and assisted living communities of Handmaker, Atria Campana del Rio, Amber Lights, Atria Valley Manor, Villa Hermosa, Fairwinds Desert Point, Sonora at Splendido, Mountain View Retirement Village, The Country Club of La Cholla and others.

The following events will be open to the wider public and free of charge:

Sunday, Nov. 28

5:00 PM - Chanukah at Downtown Tucson by Chabad Tucson with the lighting of Tucson's tallest Menorah, music, glow-themed crafts, Chanukah treats and more. Held at El Presidio Park, outside Tucson City Hall, 165 W Alameda St.

4:30 PM - Oro Valley Grand Chanukah Celebration by Chabad of Oro Valley with a Menorah lighting, acrobatic performance and music. Held at Gaslight Music Hall - Rancho Vistoso Center, 13005 N Oracle Rd #165.

5:00 PM - Chanukah party by Chabad on River with Menorah lighting, words of inspiration and refreshments. Held at the rabbi’s residence (Details: [email protected])

4:30 PM - Vail Chanukah celebration by Chabad of Vail with Menorah lighting, latkes, donuts, music and kids crafts. Held at Purple Heart Park, 9800 E Rita Rd.

4:30 PM - Sierra Vista Chanukah celebration by Chabad of Sierra Vista with Menorah lighting, latkes, donuts, music and more. Held Veterans Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd.

Monday, Nov. 29

4:30 PM - Benson Chanukah celebration by Chabad of Sierra Vista with Menorah lighting, latkes, donuts, music and more. Held at the Visitor Center, 249 E 4th St.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

4:30 PM - Ft. Huachuca Chanukah celebration by Chabad of Sierra Vista with Menorah lighting, latkes, donuts, music and more. Held at the Post Exchange - Building 52030.

5:00 PM - Community Chanukah Party by Chabad of Vail with Menorah lighting, latkes, donuts and music. Held at Voyager Resort - Santa Rita Room, 8701 S. Kolb Rd.

Thursday, Dec. 2

4:30 PM - Bisbee Chanukah celebration by Chabad of Sierra Vista with Menorah lighting, latkes, donuts, music and more. Held at the Grassy Park by the Cooper Queen.

7:00 PM - Student Chanukah celebration by Chabad at the University of Arizona with Menorah lighting and treats. Held at the UA Mall.

Shabbos, Dec. 4

9:30 AM - Shabbos Chanukah & Rosh Chodesh - a special service with 3 Torah scrolls and a guest sermon followed by a holiday-themed kiddush meal. Held at Chabad Tucson - Young Israel, 2443 E 4th St. 

Sunday, Dec. 5

5:00 PM - Oro Valley Chanukah event by Chabad of Oro Valley with a Menorah lighting ceremony. Held at Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W Naranja Dr.