Chassidic rapper Nissim Black highlights finale this year.
From the JN Staff
Chanukah Wonderland, now in its 10th year, will open to the public from Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 2-6 at Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, bringing fun-filled crafts, activities, holiday foods and pure Chanukah joy to young and old alike.
The Wonderland will include familiar crowd-favorites such as the world’s biggest Dreidel-shaped moon-bounce, a hands-on olive making demonstration, doughnut and latke making, and a Chanukah Tot Town. New this year are opportunities to design a pair of socks to keep and a pair to give away to Yad Ezra, a LEGO fidget spinning dreidel, sand wax candles, race tracks and plenty more. In total, there are some 30 entertaining and fun-filled activities and crafts to enjoy.
Highlights include a Home Depot workshop where children will receive tools and learn to build their own wooden craft, Chef Cari’s food truck on Monday afternoon, and a women’s “Caffeine for the Soul” on Sunday morning.
The grand finale will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, highlighted by Jewish rapper/singer Nissim Black. Nissim, an American-born, Orthodox Jewish convert, is on tour from Israel and will perform in Detroit for the first time at the event.
Also on Dec. 6, the kindling of a 12-foot Lego menorah, as well as latkes, doughnuts and soup and the announcement of the winners of the JN Art Contest.
“Our goal at the Chanukah Wonderland is for people to celebrate and share in the joys of their Jewish heritage and traditions,” said Rabbi Shneur Silberberg, outreach director at the Sara and Morris Tugman Bais Chabad Torah Center, who co-directs this event along with his wife, Zeesy.
“Sadly, there’s been a whole lot of hate going around recently, and the tragedy in Pittsburgh was a sad reminder of the horrific impact hate can lead to. Chanukah and the Wonderland provide an opportunity to enjoy a holiday that celebrates the victory of good over evil and emphasizes our ability to work together to bring light to the darkness,” he said.
Chanukah Wonderland also offers a fascinating educational experience. Every half hour during Wonderland hours, there is an olive press demonstration at which children see olives pressed into oil while hearing the Chanukah story that culminated in the kindling of the olive oil-filled menorah in the Temple.
Cost for Chanukah Wonderland is $5 per child. Cost for the Thursday concert is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at chanukahwonderlandmi.com.
Chanukah Wonderland is presented by the Sara Tugman Bais Chabad Torah Center in partnership with the Orchard Mall and with the help of numerous sponsors and donors.