Hanukkah Celebrations Planned in Reston and Herndon This Weekend

Two Hanukkah celebrations are planned for Reston and Herndon this weekend.

This year, the Jewish holiday began at sunset on Sunday (Dec. 2) and ends on Monday, Dec. 10.

NextStop Theatre will host “A Kosher Christmas Cabaret” on Saturday (Dec. 8) at 8 p.m.

The website calls the cabaret a “celebration of Jewish culture and the community’s extraordinary resilience, through humor and heart.”

The show features Jordan Friend, Alani Kravitz and Ben Lurye with Elisa Rosman at the piano. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tree of Life Synagogue community. NextStop Theatre is located at 269 Sunset Park Drive.

A giant menorah lighting and ice skating will take place on Sunday (Dec. 9) at the Reston Town Center. The free event organized by Chabad of Reston-Herndon will include music, donuts, a raffle, dreidels and latkes, starting at 4:30 p.m. While admission is free, ice skating costs $12.

Photo via Chabad of Reston-Herndon

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Hanukkah Events Planned in Reston

Chanukah on Ice/ChabadTwo Hanukkah-themed events will take place in Reston in the coming days.

Chabad of Reston-Herndon is hosting its annual Hanukkah celebration at Reston Community Center Lake Anne (1609-A Washington Plaza) on Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

That event is set to include “the hilarious pirate magic of Captain Silly Bones, lighting of our giant cupcake Menorah, face-painting, balloon shaping, mac and cheese dinner, chocolate coins, dreidles, latekes,” and other holiday activities, organizers said.

Chabad is also hosting a “Chanukah On Ice” event with food and merriment at the Reston Town Center’s ice skating rink (11900 Market Street) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25.

According to Chabad, that event will have “ice-skating to lively Chanukah music with family and friends a Grand Menorah lighting, hot latkes and donuts, dreidels and chocolate gelt for all.”

Photo: Chanukah on Ice/Chabad

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Holiday Happenings: Hanukkah at Lake Anne Tuesday

Reston founder Robert E. Simon lights the menorah at celebration at Lake Anne in 2011/Photo Courtesy of Chabad of Reston - Herndon

The giant ice menorah will be lit at Lake Anne Plaza as Chabad of Reston – Herndon holds its annual Outdoor Hanukkah Festival on Tuesday.

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Lake Anne waterfront and in the Reston Community Center Lake Anne.

There will be games, hot chocolate,donuts, latkes, chocolate gelt, free dreidels, a Hanukkah family film, and lots of holiday cheer for the whole family.

There will also be a menorah contest. Bring in a menorah you have made for a chance at a prize raffle.

Admission is free.

Photo of Lake Anne Hanukkah celebration 2011 courtesy of Chabad of Reston-Herndon

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