For Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights celebrated every winter, eight days of menorah lightings and other festivities are planned from Bridgehampton to Montauk beginning Thursday night.
That night, for the first night of Hanukkah, a community menorah lighting will take place at 4 at Hook Mill on Pantigo Road in East Hampton Village, hosted by Chabad of the Hamptons and the Jewish Center of the Hamptons. People will gather to sing songs and enjoy treats as they light the first "candle."
In Bridgehampton, several community groups will gather at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to light an electric menorah for the first time at the Hampton Library on Main Street. Also Thursday, Sag Harbor's Temple Adas Israel will light the first menorah candle on Long Wharf at 6, complete with free hot chocolate and sufganiyot (traditional jelly doughnuts).
Friday evening at 6, the Jewish Center of the Hamptons will light the menorah at East Hampton's Main Beach.
Also in the village, the annual Chabad of the Hamptons menorah parade will make its way down Main Street on Sunday afternoon. Cars line up at the Chabad House on Woods Lane at 3:30. A party is planned there afterward. Electric menorahs can be reserved online at jewishhamptons.com/dreidel.
On Sunday, Temple Adas Israel has a family Hanukkah party planned from 4 to 6 p.m., including latkes, light bites, and "festive fun for all ages." The temple is also collecting loose change to donate to people in need in Israel.
The Jewish Center's lighting on Sunday afternoon will take place at 5 at BookHampton on Main Street in East Hampton, and on Monday it will be in front of Guild Hall at 4:30 p.m. Chabad will host a menorah lighting in Montauk at the village green on Carl Fisher Plaza on Monday at 4.
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 5, the Jewish Center festivities move to Amagansett Wine and Spirits on that hamlet's Main Street, while Chabad lights the menorah at dusk at the flagpole in Amagansett across from the firehouse.
Chabad has planned a Hanukkah Legoland party for children 5 to 12 years old from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The cost is $15 per child, and registration is required ahead of time at jewishhamptons.com/ckids.
The Jewish Center's celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 13, is at 6 at LTV Studios on Industrial Road in Wainscott. The finale is next Thursday night at 5 at Nick and Toni's on North Main Street in East Hampton, where dinner reservations for after the celebration are likely to fill up fast.
For those seeking candles and other supplies for observing Hanukkah, Temple Adas Israel has a pop-up shop starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 p.m. Friday.