Four Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah in Florida for $15 or Less

By: Dalia Colon


It feels like Halloween just passed, but I’ve already worked myself into a frenzy downloading Thanksgiving recipes.

I can’t imagine squeezing in another holiday at the same time, but that’s what my best friend, Ashley, is doing. Hanukkah is Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, 2013 -- overlapping with Thanksgiving. I can’t cook your turkey for you, but if you celebrate Hanukkah, I can help simplify your plans.

Here are four affordable ways to observe Hanukkah in Florida.

Miami: Here’s something cool -- literally. Nov. 27 is the Florida Panthers’ annual Chanukah on Ice event. In addition to watching the Panthers take on the New York Rangers, your ticket includes an on-ice menorah lighting, pre-game children’s activities, post-game performance by the acapella group the Macabeats, kosher food for purchase and more. Tickets start at $15.

Naples: On Dec. 3 at 5 p.m, the Chanukah Parade departs from the Chabad Center Then at 6 p.m., stick around for a festival featuring a concert by Benji Rafaeli, menorah lighting by Mayor John Sorey III, children’s activities and more.

Orlando: Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., get over to Rosen Plaza Hotel for the Chanukah Family Festival. There will be a grand menorah lighting, live music, raffles, arts and crafts, concessions and… wait for it… a latke cook-off.

Tampa: On Dec. 7 and 8, Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation presents two family-friendly productions: The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes and Sadie’s Marvelous Menorahs. Tickets cost $3 to $7, which includes show entrance, a latke bar, jelly donuts and drinks. They had me at latke bar.

Happy Thanksgivukkah to you and yours!

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