This year, Hanukkah, or Chanukah (depending on how you like it), will be celebrated from sundown on Dec. 22 to the evening of Dec. 30. Here is how my friends and I will be celebrating:

Bill Harley
Temple Beth-El Celebration

On Sunday, Dec. 8, enjoy latkes and sufganiyot (donuts) before a concert with two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley. Be sure to vote for your favorite homemade hanukkiyot (menorahs) made of recycled materials.

lox and cream cheese
Fun Food

Don’t forget to grab some everything bagels, lox and cream cheese and enjoy. Don’t skip the capers — they really add that something extra.

Take a tour of America's oldest synagogue. Touro Synagogue, located in downtown Newport, gives tours on Sundays every half hour from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Learn More ›


There's no shame in eating all of the rugelach. Pick yours up at East Side Marketplace or Stop & Shop.

Cissel Bread
Rainbow Bakery

Rainbow Bakery in Cranston has plenty of Hanukkah treats, my favorite being the sisal bread (it’s essentially bread made from corn and rye flour).

Frozen Latkes
Frozen Latkes

Head over to Davis Dairy for the best frozen latkes. (Please don’t come at me with your sour cream. Apple sauce for the win. Always.)

While I’ve only listed a few ways to celebrate the victory of the Maccabees, there are plenty of other things to do. Why not discuss over a rousing game of dreidel with your neighbors?