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Ice sculpture menorah, sing-a-long planned during Hanukkah celebrations

Posted December 20, 2016

The Chabad of Cary marks Hanukkah with this nine-foot menorah in Apex.

Hanukkah begins Saturday evening and runs through the evening of Jan. 1. There are several celebrations to mark the holiday, the eight-day Jewish festival, in the Triangle.

Here's where to find them:

For the seventh year, Apex will host a big celebration during Chanukah in Downtown Apex, which will include the lighting of menorah ice sculpture. The event at 220 N. Salem St. is a project of Chabad of Cary. It's open to all and free. It starts at 4:15 p.m., Dec. 26, with children's activities. A 5 p.m. lighting of the menorah follows. The evening includes latkes, doughnut decorating and crafts. Plus, you can watch the making of the ice sculpture menorah, which will be created during the event.

The Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center and the Levin Jewish Community Center will host a Triangle-wide Hanukkah sing-a-long and candle lighting with local group Mispacha from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 26, at the Brier Creek Community Center, 9810 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh. It's open to all and is designed for the entire family. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item to support Jewish Family Services.

Mispacha also will sing at 7 p.m., Dec. 27, at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, part of an annual Hanukkah tradition at the book store.

And Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh has menorah lighting ceremonies located on the upper level next to Sears. It's set for 5:30 p.m., Dec. 26 to Dec. 29; 3 p.m., Dec. 30; and 5:50 p.m., Dec. 31. The grand lighting is Dec. 27.

The Cary's Jewish Cultural Festival, which has typically been held in December, will be March 19 this year.

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