Light the menorah and enjoy festive eats for the Jewish holiday
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The Festival of Lights is underway in Las Vegas. As the Jewish community welcomes eight days of Hanukkah, wish your neighbor chag sameach and celebrate the holiday to the fullest with the following events and activities.
See the Grand Menorah on Fremont Street
It’s an annual tradition at the Fremont Street Experience. Every year, rabbis from the Chabad of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other participants attend a ceremony to light the Grand Menorah on the first day of Hanukkah. The 20-foot tall structure remains on display throughout the eight holy days.
Feed Your Sweet Tooth with Pinkbox Doughnuts
Pinkbox has a doughnut for every occasion, and Hanukkah is no exception. The local chain has a colorful collection of festive treats, available at stores throughout the valley until Dec. 26. Choose between Hanukkah PEE-WEEZ (glazed vanilla cake bites rolled in sprinkles), Hanukkah Jellies (powdered sugar-coated shells filled with raspberry jelly), a Hanukkah Ring (white frosted glazed vanilla cake topped with sprinkles), and the Star of David (white frosted Star of David topped with blue sprinkles)… or get a box full of all four designs.
Feast on lamb at ONE Steakhouse
ONE Steakhouse at Virgin Hotels has a festive dinner available throughout the eight days of Hanukkah. The meal by Executive Chef Patrick Munster includes seared lamb strip loin with toasted barley escarole, potato-carrot latkes, roasted garlic gremolata and currant lamb jus for $68. The wine director recommends a bottle of E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2018, a rich Northern Rhone Syrah that perfectly complements the bold flavors of the food.
Play free games at AREA15’s Emporium
Between fun stuff like Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart and the Lost Spirits distillery, AREA15 is full of fun attractions, but don’t overlook Emporium, a beer and cocktail lounge with arcade games, pool tables, pinball and more. To celebrate Hanukkah, Emporium is giving out 10 game tokens during the Festival of Lights through Dec. 5.
Choose delicious dishes at Bottiglia
Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca has a lineup of Jewish-inspired dishes until Dec. 6. Guests can visit the Green Valley Ranch restaurant and order challah bread with honey butter ($10), braised brisket with red wine demi, rainbow carrots and mashed potatoes ($29) and apple pie knish with cinnamon creme anglaise ($10)
Take home kosher Asian cuisine
Kosher Chinglish (the takeaway to-go counter next to sister restaurant Chinglish Cantonese Wine Bar) is lighting a menorah at 6 p.m. every night of Hanukkah. Stop in to celebrate the holiday while picking up an order of chicken dumplings, chow mein, Mongolian beef and other Chinese favorites, all certified kosher.
Entertain a party at home without doing any work in the kitchen. Siegel’s Bagelmania (near the Strip and Las Vegas Convention Center) has a large takeaway Hanukkah meal for 8-10 people for $224.95. The spread includes matzo ball soup, sliced brisket with gravy, roasted chicken, potato latkes, green beans, glazed carrots, challah rolls and holiday desserts. A single-person version of the meal (with a choice of brisket or chicken as the main entree) is $24.95.
Celebrate Hanukkah in Summerlin at the Red Rock Resort. Hearthstone has a holiday menu with challah bread with honey butter ($10), potato latkes with smoked salmon, capers, dill creme fraiche and shallots ($15), beef brisket with glazed rainbow carrots, pearl onion, red wine demi and sweet potato ($29) and chocolate babka bread pudding with French vanilla ice cream, kosher chocolate and caramel sauce with fresh mint ($10).