As the Jacksonville Jewish Community anticipates the arrival of the holiday of Chanukah, attention is directed towards the “Annual Chanukah at the Landing” event to be held on Sunday, December 17.

“If you think that Jews don’t have fun in December, you have yet to attend this exciting celebration of Jewish culture and pride” according to Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov, regional director of Chabad in Northeast Fl.

This year’s event will feature a giant ice-carved menorah by Expert ice artist David Graham from Cutting Edge Ice Sculptures, a Grand Chanukah Family Carnival and Fair, including Carnival Games and Inflatables, and the kindling of the glittering ice menorah. Additionally Captain Character will be there with his famous balloon twisting and face painting.

Kicking off the event is the annual Chanukah Car Parade – a beautiful demonstration of Jewish pride and solidarity. Over one hundred vehicles, adorned with custom designed Chanukah flags, (free to all participants) are expected to join the caravan towards the Landing.

The convoy including Chabad of  Southside, Beaches, St. Augustine, Clay County and St. Johns, will gather at 1:30 pm and depart 1:50 from Chabad regional headquarters in Mandarin (10129 Haley Rd, 32257). Chabad @ the Beaches will gather 1:15 and depart at 1:30 sharp. All locations will join a single procession towards the Jacksonville Landing, Hogan Street Entrance, where the Chanukah event will take place.

The fun-filled afternoon will feature a variety of kiosks and exhibitions, including:

  • Judaica Gifts, books and more
  • Judaica Art
  • Chanukah Donut Decorating
  • Carnival Games and Inflatables
  • Olive Press Demonstration
  • Chanukah Arts 'N'Crafts
  • Candle Making
  • Face Painting
  • Burger, Hot Dogs, and Falafel
  • Popcorn
  • Free Latkes!
  • Free Raffle!

Dignitaries and Public officials will convey Chanukah greetings and well wishes to the Jewish community.

The grand Menorah lighting will be held at 5:00 pm.

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival celebrating the liberation and rededication of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem begins at nightfall, Saturday, December 24th and is celebrated for 8 days. The Festival is marked by the lighting of an eight-pronged Candelabrum called a Menorah, or Chanukiah, commemorating the symbol of victory of a small Jewish army against a vastly oppressive Assyrian Greek regime during the 2nd century BCE.

The Annual Menorah Lighting and Fair is open to the public and free of charge. Food and other items will be sold. Participants will be treated to delicious hot potato latkes and prizes.

If you’re looking for good, kosher family Chanukah entertainment, don’t miss this spectacular celebration.

For more information regarding the parade and/or program, please contact your nearest Chabad Center.

Sponsored by Chabad of Northeast FL. Mandarin/Headquarters. Beaches. Southside. S. Augustine. Clay County. S. Johns