Hanukkah, or Chanukah, depending on how you like it, is headed our way a bit early this year. The Festival of Lights is celebrated from (sundown) Dec. 2 to (the evening) Dec. 10. Here is how my friends and I will be celebrating:

On Dec. 2 the Alef Beats from Brown University will be performing from 3:45–4:15 p.m., with the menorah lighting beginning at 4:15 p.m. Learn More ›

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.


On Dec. 2 from 4–6 p.m., Temple Beth-El is hosting Wondergy, a dazzling festival of laser light, which brings the Hanukkah story and philosophy to life for all ages.


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

State House Menorah Lighting

There will be a menorah lighting each day of Hanukkah at 4:15 p.m. at the Rhode Island State House.

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).

Providence City Hall Menorah Lighting

Providence City Hall's menorah lighting takes place nightly at 4:15 p.m. throughout Hanukkah. If you’re lucky, some of City Hall's employees may even teach you the different blessings as they light the candle(s).

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 eight incredible 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?