DMV Hanukkah Guide 2022

by GatherDC Staff / December 2, 2022

A starry background. Text: December 2022 / Kislev 5783. DMV Hanukkah Guide.

***Updated 9:30 a.m. on 12/20/22***

It has not been an easy couple of weeks for American Jews and other minority groups alike. We have seen how violent, ignorant, and empathy-lacking rhetoric and actions are easily parroted, spreading from one source to another. This is sadly not a new phenomenon. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t deeply affecting, or that darkness amplified from one source doesn’t embolden others to echo the same.

However, the story, traditions, and rituals of Hanukkah remind us that the opposite is also true. Light can beget light, love can beget love, and – even when it seems like we are stuck in a hopelessly dim situation –  the communities and connections we build have real, true, transformative power.

Whether you’re staying warm at home this December or visiting every Hanukkah market you can, whether you’re gathering with extended family and friends or celebrating on your own, whether you know the family latke recipe by heart or feel like you need to do a little brush-up research on oily foods eaten by Jews around the world, remember this: we all have light to spread. All you need to do is find a place, a person, a community with which to share it.

So…wondering where to go? What to do? Looking to volunteer? To cook? To find the perfect Hanukkah mix on Spotify? Searching for gift-giving inspiration or the perfect place to get take-out? You are in the right place.

This guide is your one-stop-shop for anything and everything Hanukkah in the DMV this year – however, wherever, and with whomever you are celebrating!

We also know we’re not all-knowing – we don’t have a crystal ball (although that would be a great Hanukkah present). If you’re in the know for something we’ve missed, go ahead and let us know here and we’ll include it in the guide!

We will be updating regularly, so pin us to your Favorites bar, add us to your Hanukkah-focused tab group, or just keep us open with all those different Google Sheets tabs you can definitely tell apart.

Most of all, have a Happy Hanukkah, and let all those everyday miracles light the way to 2023!


The GatherDC Team

A background of lights, with a dreidel in the foreground. Alright, what’s in this guide? 

  1. Hanukkah Events and Activities, Day by Day
  2. Gift Ideas
  3. Restaurants and Pop-Ups
  4. Recipes for Home-Cookin’
  5. Hanukkah Reading and Ritual
  6. Hanukkah DIY
  7. Hanukkah Music
  8. Pre-Hanukkah Festivities

Gelt with a menorah imprint on a blue background. What’s going on during Hanukkah?


Sunday, December 18th

Monday, December 19th

Tuesday, December 20th

Wednesday, December 21st

Thursday, December 22nd

Friday, December 23rd

Saturday, December 24th

Sunday, December 25th

Wrapped gifts decorated with snowflakes.

Need a gift idea?

Gift Guides

An array of doughnuts.

Noshing out?

Doughnuts and Bakeries

Want to explore even more (kosher, vegan, vegetarian-inclusive) options? Check out Where to Order Hanukkah Meals Around D.C. by Evan Caplan or GatherDC’s Kosher Food Finder!

A stack of latkes.

Noshing in?




A close up of a fully lit menorah.

Reading up on Hanukkah?


Tradition (New and Old!)


Need fun DIY know-how?

Want some holiday tunes?

Pre-Hanukkah festivities?

Tuesday, December 6th

Saturday, December 10th

Sunday, December 11th

Monday, December 12th

  • 6:30 p.m. — Letter Writing with Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

Tuesday, December 13th

Wednesday, December 14th

Thursday, December 15th

Friday, December 16th

Saturday, December 17th