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These are the best South Florida Chanukah events, parties and festivals to attend this year

Bal Harbour resident Michael Sabet lights the menorah during a celebration of the first night of Chanukah at the Euclid Circle on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.
Bal Harbour resident Michael Sabet lights the menorah during a celebration of the first night of Chanukah at the Euclid Circle on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Chanukah is nearly here. It’s a huge deal in South Florida, where there is a significant Jewish population. Time to light Menorah and eat latkes! If you don’t already have plans for your eight-day Festival of Lights, here are some great options to consider. Most of them are family-friendly, but you’ll find an adult-only party, as well.

READ: ‘Tis the season: Your ultimate guide to family-friendly holiday events and activities

Chanukah at The Falls

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Sufganiyot, jelly doughnuts served by some Jewish families at Hanukkah. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS) David Carson TNS

Watch a magic show and a performance from Hebrew children. Then enjoy latkes and sufganiyot before a public Menorah lighting ceremony.

When: Dec. 12

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Where: Center Stage at The Falls, 888 SW 136th St, Miami, FL 33176

Cost: Free

Website: http://bit.ly/2BB5GJ0

Chanukah Festival

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For the past 13 years, Roger Abramson has been adding seashells to his dreidel and menorah using over 35,000 shell according to the Abramson. On December 15, 2014 Roger adds new shells as he replaces and repairs the large menorah and dreidel on display on Lincoln Road. CARL JUSTE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Catch the famous seashell Menorah and dreidel, plus eat hot latkes and doughnuts.

When: Dec. 12

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Euclid Circle at Lincoln Road Mall, Lincoln Rd Mall, Miami Beach, FL 33139,

Cost: Free

Website: http://bit.ly/2Bzt9u5

READ: This kosher food festival hosts top South Florida chefs, restaurants

Jewish Heritage Night/Chanukah with the Miami Heat

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A young Heat fan enjoys the game as the Miami Heat host the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, March 19, 2017. PATRICK FARRELL pfarrell@miamiherald.com

Celebrate the second evening of Chanukah with a pregame concert before the Miami Heat takes on the Portland Trail Blazers. The price of tickets includes a special shirt, the concert and more.

When: Dec. 13

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Cost: $18-$100

Website: http://bit.ly/2i3Xl7N

Light Up Wynwood! Chanukah at The Yard

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Enjoy the sounds of Kosher Band while eating warm latkes and sufganiot. Watch the lighting of a Wynwood-esque Menorah and party with Kosher wine.

When: Dec. 13

Time: 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127

Cost: $12 – $180

Website: http://bit.ly/2AuLifL

Grand Chanukah Festival

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Doral residents Mary Priore and her daughter Bella Benlolo, 3, hold a candle during a menorah lighting ceremony in front of Doral City Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. About 100 people turned out for the free event, which was followed by singing, doughnuts, and other refreshments. DANIEL BOCK FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Revel in the lighting of the Menorah in North Miami Beach. Bring the kids for Kosher treats, music and other fun.

When: Dec. 13

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Where: On the median in front of North Miami City Hall, 17011 NE 19th Ave, Miami, FL 33162

Cost: Free

Website: http://bit.ly/2itdd7W

Sababa Best Chanukah Party

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This adult-only party invites Chanukah revelers between the ages 21 and 38 for a night of sophisticated fun in Miami’s Design District.

When: Dec. 14

Time: 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Where: Baronesh, 10 NE 40th Street, Miami, Florida 33137

Cost: $15

Website: http://conta.cc/2AtEw95

Light It Up

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THE ORSHAN FAMILY SINGS A BLESSING AS JODI ORSHAN (THE MOTHER) CUTS BREAD AFTER LIGHTING THE SHABBAT CANDLES BEFORE DINNER FRIDAY NIGHT( THE NAME OF THE BLESSING IS HaMOTVI). TO GO WITH STORY ON NEW JEWISH DEMOGRAPHIC STUDY JUST RELEASED. FAMILY MEMBERS ARE FROM LEFT TO RT- SAMANTHA 12YRS; MELISSA 14YRS; JESSE 4YRS; JODI ( THE MOM); BOBBY (THE DAD); AND CARLY 9YRS. ALL WITH LAST NAME OFF ORSHAN. ADREES LATIF MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Join other families for a Shabbat dinner and candle lighting, then a movie screening. Patrons should try to bring an unwrapped gift to donate.

When: Dec. 15

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: David Posnack JCC, 5850 S Pine Island Rd, Davie, Florida 33328

Cost: $10-$15

RSVP: http://bit.ly/2nhYQF8

Starlight Chanukah Spectacular

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Zalman Fellig enjoys time with his grandson, Joe Joe, age 9 months, during a celebration of The Festival of Lights at a public Menorah Lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Emily Michot Miami Herald Staff

Light the Menorah and enter a free raffle at this family-friendly gathering.

When: Dec. 16

Time: 8 p.m.

Where: Shops at Waterways, 3575 NE 207th St, Aventura, Florida 33180

Cost: Free

Website: http://bit.ly/2isURnt

17th Annual Chanuka Fair on Las Olas

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Sophia Gamboa tries to keep her balance while trying to skate at the "Panthers in the Park" outdoor ice skating rink. CARL JUSTE cjuste@miamiherald.com

Light the Menorah, plus spend time at the ice skating rink, on rides or in bounce houses. Vendors will be selling food and goods.

When: Dec. 17

Time: noon – 5 p.m.

Where: Huizenga Plaza, 32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Cost: $15

Website: https://www.downtownjewish.com/annual-chanukah-fair-las-olas-5778/

Chanukah Fair

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Miami Beach resident Spencer Sabet, 5, makes a dreidel out of clay during the 15th annual Chanukah Festival at North Beach Elementary School, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Miami Beach. The event also featured a bazaar, a menorah lighting ceremony, bounce houses, and other children's activities. DANIEL BOCK FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

This event promises barbecue, rock climbing, crafts and bounce houses. Kids can also create holiday crafts and have their faces painted.

When: Dec. 17

Time: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Where: Bet Ovadia Chabad of the Grove, 3713 Main Hwy, Miami, Florida 33133

Cost: $15

Website: http://bit.ly/2AoNXnX

Coral Reef Park Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Find fun for the entire family at Coral Reef Park where the Chabad of Palmetto Bay will host a free festival complete with a bounce house, raffle, rock climbing, magic show and chocolate gelt, in addition to a Menorah lighting.

When: Dec. 17

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Where:  Soccer Field at Coral Reed Park, 7895 SW 152nd Street, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Cost: Free

Grand Chanukah Festival

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Latkes, also commonly called potato pancakes, are prepared by frying grated potato and onions. (Roberto Rodriguez/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS) Roberto Rodriguez TNS

Delight the family with hayrides, crafts and face painting. Then watch an ice sculptor use chainsaws to carve a Menorah from blocks of ice. The lighting will include latkes and other treats.

When: Dec. 17

Time: 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Flamingo Road Nursery and Farmers Market, 1655 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, Florida 33325

Cost: $15 per person, $30 per family

Website: http://bit.ly/2nfQj5v

North Beach Grand Menorah Lighting

Join Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and other city officials at the Normany Isle fountain for the lighting of the Menorah, followed by music, food and fun.

When: Dec. 17

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Where:  Normandy Fountain, 79th Street and Vendome Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33141

Cost: Free

38th Annual Chanukah Festival

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Guests look up as Menorah is been light up during the celebration of the 37th annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival, presented by Friendship Circle of Chabad of South Broward at Gulfstream Park & Casino Hallandale Beach on Tuesday December 27, 2016. PEDRO PORTAL pportal@miamiherald.com

Enjoy a concert featuring 8th Day and Benny Friedman.

When: Dec. 18

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Gulfstream Park 301 S Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Cost: Free with VIP options for purchase

Website: http://bit.ly/2g1SUb4

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