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Lego menorah, fire show planned during Hanukkah celebrations

Posted December 2, 2015
Updated December 3, 2015

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

Hanukkah begins Sunday evening and runs through the evening of Dec. 14. There are several celebrations to mark the holiday, the eight-day Jewish festival, in the Triangle.

Here's where to find them:

For the sixth year, Apex will host a big celebration during Chanukah in Downtown Apex, which will include the lighting of an outdoor nine-foot menorah. The event is a project of Chabad of Cary. It's open to all and free. This one is a two-part event.

First is the Chanukah Playland, which starts at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, at the Apex Community Center. During the Playland, visitors will work to build the largest Lego menorah in town. There also will be crafts and games, a dreidel jumphouse, a toddler corner and doughnut decorating. If you plan on bringing kids, make sure you get there by 3:30 p.m. to allow time for the activities and to get to the next part of the day - the menorah lighting.

The menorah lighting and fire show happen just a short walk away at 220 N. Salem St., Apex, at 5 p.m. The evening also will include music and holiday treats. Again, it's all free!

The Levin Jewish Community Center will host a community-wide Hanukkah Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, at the center at 1937 Cornwallis Rd. in Durham. The event includes homemade latkes and other treats, Hanukkah games, activities, crafts, music, dancing and more.

The Durham Coop Market will have all-you-can-eat latkes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday. The hot bar will be filled with fresh traditional and vegan latkes, along with sour cream, applesauce and green salad. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for kids. You also can pre-order by the dozen to take home. There will be dreidels and gelt as well! It's at 1111 W. Chapel Hill St. in Durham. (Hat tip to @jennalyns for letting me know about this one!).

Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh will mark each night of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting ceremony. It begins at 5 p.m., Sunday, and continues daily until Dec. 13. They are located on the upper level next to Sears. The ceremonies will take place at 3 p.m., Dec. 11; 5 p.m., Dec. 6, Dec. 8, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10; 6 p.m., Dec. 7 and Dec. 13; and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12.

Cary's Jewish Cultural Festival is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 10, at the Cary Arts Center. A nine-foot menorah will be lit at 5:30 p.m. There also will be food trucks and vendors serving traditional Hanukkah treats and other foods, music, and a craft. Donations will be taken for the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry.


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