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Experience Free Chanukah Family Fun

Come and make new friends, learn something new, and have fun!!

Do you want to learn more about Chanukah and live near Reston or Herndon? 

There are a couple of FREE events put on by Chabad of Reston Herndon that you will have a great time going to.  You can come and make new friends, learn something new, and have fun!!

There are two great events.  The Menorah Factory at Home Depot and the Outdoor Chanukah Festival at Lake Anne.  It is open to everyone in the community!! 

Menorah Factory at Home Depot

Have you ever been to the Home Depot building events where kids can make stuff and take it home?

On Sunday, December 2, from 2:30-4pm, at the Home Depot in Reston, kids can make their own menorah and learn about Chanukah.  There are going to be a lot of supplies like paint and screws.  The kids can also make dreidels out of clay (like the song).

You can also make oil from real olives using an olive press.  Oil is special for Chanukah because oil was used to keep the menorah lit for eight nights.

Families will also be able try some special Chanukah foods like latkes and chocolate coins/gelt.  Mushka said, "I love the crispy golden Latkas" 

Outdoor Chanukah Festival

There is also an event at Lake Anne in Reston on Sunday, December 9 that starts at 6pm.  Everyone will hold a candle and the community lights the huge menorah together.  That is pretty neat to be a part of.  It is made out of solid ice.  Sarah said her favorite part of Chanukah is "The Ice Menorah at Lake Anne".

After, the lighting of the menorah, you are free to go inside the Lake Anne Community Center and enjoy the foods of Chanukah like latkes, donuts, and chocolate coins/gelt.  There will be a movie, arts and crafts, and the Rabbi Fajnland will give out dreidels and help everybody learn more about Chanukah. 

Devorah Leah wants everyone to know what she loves about Chanukah are the "presents!!!!"  If you bring a menorah that you made, you might win a present in a raffle.  Even if you do not win the raffle, all kids will get chocolate coins/gelt and dreidels.  

If you want to learn more about Chanukah, come to either of these exciting family events.  You can come to both if you want.  Bring your family and friends!

For more details and to register, so they have enough food and supplies, go to the Chabad Reston Herndon Chanukah website

The Caring Kids Cards website also has more fun free family things to do during the holidays and throughout the entire year!!

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Laurie Levine November 28, 2012 at 01:21 PM
This is a great article. Thanks for all the Chanukah news in Reston.
Debra Mendelson November 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Fantastic! For additional Chanukah fun for 5 and under, I also recommend dropping by Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax on Friday, Dec 7th for Chanukah activities and crafts followed by a free concert with Sheldon Low in our gym! Festivities begin at 10:30! Concert starts at 11:00. Please call Gesher to let us know if you'll be dropping by with your children 703-962-9216! www.gesher-jds.org

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