Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, began Saturday at sundown and will be celebrated through Sunday, Jan. 1. Organizations and synagogues across greater Boston will be hosting menorah lightings and other Hanukkah-themed programs throughout the week.

The most prominent outdoor menorah lighting will be at the Boston Common each evening. Hosted by Chabad of Downtown Boston and the Chabad House of Greater Boston, the annual lighting is in its 33rd year.

“The message of Hanukkah is something universal that we can all share and run off of,” said Yosef Zaklos, director of Chabad of Downtown Boston.

The grand ceremony will be hosted Sunday at 4 p.m. and will include music, beverages, and Hanukkah treats for kids.


“The message of Hanukkah is that message of light,” Zaklos said. “Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference. And I think that message resonates today.”

“People think of changing the world as overwhelming,” he added, “but if you think about it as one candle at a time, it’s doable.”

For candle lighting times, visit the Chabad of Downtown Boston website.

Below is a partial listing of events across Greater Boston.

Sunday, Dec. 25

► Chabad Boston’s annual Grand Ceremony at the Boston Common. 4 p.m.

► Chabad Center of Natick’s annual menorah lighting at the Natick Town Common. 4:30 p.m.

► The Chai Center of Brookline’s Great Hanukkah Gelt Drop and Menorah Lighting at the Edward Devotion House in Brookline. 3:30 p.m.

► The Walnut Street Synagogue’s Hanukkah party with jazz ensemble at the Walnut Street Synagogue in Chelsea. 3:30 p.m.

► Temple Beth Israel’s Chinese food and movie event at Temple Beth Israel in Waltham. 3 p.m.

► Congregation Kehillath Israel’s annual artistic Hanukkah Festival at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline. 5 p.m.


► Chabad Center of Brookline’s Chanukah in Legoland! at Chabad Center of Brookline. 2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 26

► Beth Menachem Chabad of Newton’s Hanukkah Balloon Extravaganza at Beth Menachem Chabad of Newton. 10:30 a.m.

► Chabad of the North Shore’s annual Run-a-Latke 5k in Swampscott. 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 27

► Chabad Boston’s menorah lighting with Mayor Marty Walsh at the Boston Common. 4 p.m.