Hanukkah (other spellings include Hannukah or Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights, which is celebrated for eight-days with many holiday traditions involving food, games, and music. This year, the Holiday starts on the evening of Sunday, December 22nd and ends on the evening of Monday, December 30th., and there are multiple things to do in or around Bellevue to celebrate — all for free. Whether you want to attend menorah lightings, latke tastings, or live performances, we’ve rounded up 6 fantastic events to celebrate Hanukkah in or around Bellevue this year, in order of the event date!


Hands-On Hanukkah

Sunday, December 15 at 11 AM
Crossroads Mall
Celebrate Hanukkah with hands-on crafts and activities, such as making your own paper menorah, frost Hanukkah cookies, build a dreidel, and more family-friendly activities. FREE


Chanukah Concert at Bellevue Square

Wednesday, December 18 at 5 PM
Bellevue Square
Head to Bellevue Square for a Chanukah concert, part of their Multicultural Holiday Event. FREE


Kirkland Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 22 at 4:15 PM
Kirkland Marina Park
Enjoy a lighting of their Giant Menorah on the First Night of Chanukah, taking place in the Pavilion at the Downtown Kirkland Marina Park. There will be music, holiday refreshments, chocolate coins (gelt) and more! FREE


Chanukah at Redmond Town Center Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 22 at 4:20 PM
Redmond Town Center – Center Stage
Celebrate the 1st night of Chanukah at Redmond Town Center’s in the Center Circle, with chocolate gelt and other festivities to get in the holiday spirit. FREE


Grand Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 22 at 5 PM
Volunteer Park
Kick off the first night of Hanukkah in Volunteer Park, hosted by the Chabad of Capitol Hill and the Central District. FREE


Menorah Lighting in Bellevue Downtown Park

Monday, December 23d at 5 PM
Bellevue Downtown Park

Celebrate Hanukkah in Bellevue this year at the annual menorah lighting event at Bellevue Downtown Park, with plenty of dreidels and chocolate coins to go around! FREE



For other things to do this holiday season, check out our holiday guide.