Holiday Fun: Chanukah Extravaganza at Lake Anne

Reston founder Bob Simon lights the Menorah at previous Lake Anne Chanukah celebration/Photo courtesy of Chabad Reston-HerndonThe first night of Chanukah — the Jewish festival of lights — will be celebrated Reston-style at Lake Anne Plaza on Tuesday, Dec 16.

Chabad of Reston-Herndon is hosting its annual Chanukah Extravaganza, a free event for the whole family on the first night of Chanukah. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m.

Here is what you need to know:

Bring canned goods (Kosher, please) to the event and help build a giant Menorah of Kindness. The food will later be donated to help those in need.

There will be arts and crafts, Chanukah chocolate making, face painting, dreidel playing, and of course, menorah lighting.

Among the holiday treats: potato latkes, donuts and chocolate gelt.

There will also be a raffle to win a tablet computer.

More Chanukah fun nearby:

Sunday, Dec. 21 — Chanukah on the Green in Herndon at 5:30 p.m. Chabad’s Chanukah on the Green will take place at 730 Lynn St. in Old Town Herndon. The free event will also feature Chanukah food and fun.

Sunday, Dec. 21 — Light up the Night: Community Menorah Lighting at Mosaic District (2910 District Ave. in Fairfax, VA, outside the Angelika theater, 4:30 p.m.

Join the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia for a holiday celebration with a candle lightings, songs, entertainment, eating suganiyot (donuts) and gelt and spinning the dreidel! Free admission and free parking.

Photo: Reston founder Bob Simon lights the Menorah at previous Lake Anne Chanukah celebration/Photo courtesy of Chabad Reston-Herndon

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