Join our 10 Main Street Maine communities as they celebrate Hanukkah with Menorah lighting ceremonies and other events.

Hanukkah celebrations in Augusta, Maine:

In downtown Augusta, state offices are acknowledging Hanukkah with a grand menorah lighting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hall of Flags in the state Capitol Building. Officials including Gov. Janet Mills are expected to give remarks.

Hanukkah celebrations in Belfast, Maine:

Celebrate Hanukkah downtown! The annual menorah lighting will take place at sundown (4:00 p.m), during the first night of Hanukkah. The community celebrates with music and readings beginning at 3:30 p.m. The menorah will be lit during Hanukkah and remain so throughout the holiday. Latest information can be found here: https://ourtownbelfast.org/annual-menorah-lighting/

Hanukkah celebrations in Biddeford, Maine:

Hanukkah 2023 runs from sundown on Thursday, Dec. 7 to sundown on Friday, Dec. 15.

Congregation Etz Chaim and HOB will host a lighting of the Hanukkiah (Hanukkah Menorah) at 5:30 p.m. on the first night of Hanukkah (Thursday, Dec. 7). All are welcome to join us and enjoy some traditional sufganiyot (fried jelly doughnuts) as we celebrate the Festival of Lights and the themes of Hanukkah.

For the remainder of Hanukkah, the menorah will be lit each evening at 5:30 pm. Each night will last approximately 1/2 hour.

For more information: https://heartofbiddeford.org/listing/downtown-menorah-lighting/

Hanukkah celebrations in Brunswick, Maine:

Join us for the Annual Community Chanukah Festival featuring the Great Chanukah Gelt Drop on Monday, December 11th at 5:30 PM on the Town Mall in front of the Gazebo. This is a free event, but RSVP is kindly requested.

“Let It Rain Chocolates!” Hundreds of chocolate coins will be dropped by firefighters from 25 feet up in the air, followed by a grand Menorah lighting. Event will include:

* Latkes & Donuts
* Balloon Twisting
* Chanukah Crafts
* Hot Soups
* Live Music
* and much more!

Visit www.JewishBrunswick.com/chanukah to learn more or submit your RSVP. Special thanks to the Brunswick Fire Department and the Town of Brunswick!

Please note that this event will include a strong security presence.

Hanukkah celebrations in Gardiner, Maine:

The Annual Latke Party will be held at Goldfinch Creamery & Cafe again this year! It will take place on Sunday 12/10 from 4-8pm. All are welcome!

Cost is $11 per person and includes Latkes served with chives and sour cream, a side salad, a drink, and a Hanukkah themed dessert. They will also have Hanukkah cake pops and Hanukkah Gingerbread men!

Goldfinch is located at 318 Water Street in downtown Gardiner. If you have any questions you can call them at 207-203-0007

Hanukkah celebrations in Rockland, Maine:

Downtown Rockland Menorah Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

We’ll light the menorah at Harbor Park in Rockland on the first night of Hanukkah. Join us to sing the blessings and sip on hot cider.

Hanukkah celebrations in Westbrook, Maine:

The city of Westbrook is also holding a celebration and public menorah lighting on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. at Westbrook Common at 850 Main St.

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