Here's a great tip:
Enter your email address and we'll send you our weekly magazine by email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life, week after week. And it's free.
Oh, and don't forget to like our facebook page too!
Printed from
Contact Us

When Is Hanukkah (Chanukah) Celebrated in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

When Is Hanukkah (Chanukah) Celebrated in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

Hanukkah Dates

Explore our Hanukkah Site

Hi there!

Chanukah (Hanukkah) starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days. Here are the coinciding secular dates for this year:

2016:   December 24-January 1

Note that the first candle of the menorah is lit at nightfall of the first date listed above (the dates for other years are found below).

If you want to know when is Chanukah, there is a good chance you may appreciate some other basic Chanukah info. Here are our top picks:

What is Chanukah?
Chanukah blessings in Hebrew, English, and audio
Full-length menorah lighting guide
The Chanukah story
Daily Chanukah calendar

And here is a video of the Rebbe, with a very inspiring Chanukah message:

Happpy Chanukah from your friends at!

Chanukah in other years:

2017:   December 12-20

2018:   December 2-10

2019:   December 22-30

2020:   December 10-19

See also:

When is Yom Kippur in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Sukkot in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Chanukah in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Purim in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Passover in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Shavuot in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is the Ninth of Av in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with's copyright policy.
Join the discussion
1000 characters remaining
Email me when new comments are posted.
Sort By:
Discussion (87)
July 14, 2016
Thank you for being you - the Chosen people of Israel. I believe the soon coming Messiah is prophesied in all of the holy feasts of the Lord in the Torah and Tanach. Get ready get ready for your Redemption is nearer than before. Shalom forever and sha a lu shalom Yerushalayim!(forgive my transliteration?)
December 24, 2015
Off the wall question from a curious goy.
If someone starts Hannukah on the wrong day, whose fault is it really?
I've heard various opinions:
That person's fault. He's a schlemiel.
The temple congregation for insufficient reminders/ advance notice.
The rabbi for not leading clearly enough, the congregation.
Cliff Bennett
McMinnville, OR
December 20, 2015
Happy Hannaukah to all and to alla good night. peace on earth
December 14, 2015
I love the Jewish people I wish I was born into them.
December 13, 2015
Happy Hannukah!
Happy Hannukah from a muslim guy living in Canada! I love you all!
December 8, 2015
Happy Chanukah:)
December 7, 2015
Happy Chanukah 2015
Happy Chanukah from a Christian brother in God. We pray protection and peace for Israel and all the Jewish people around the world. Please know that many Christians stand with you.
December 6, 2015
To Anonymous
Chanukah means “dedication” or “induction.” Following their victory over the Greeks, the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple and its altar, which had been desecrated and defiled by the pagan invaders.

Chanukah celebrates two miracles:

a) The 2nd century BCE victory of a small, greatly outnumbered and out-armed army of Jews, known as the “Maccabees,” over the mighty Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.

b) The kindling of a seven-branched Menorah (candelabra) was an important component of the daily service in the Holy Temple. When the Maccabees liberated the Temple from the hands of the Greek invaders, they found only a small cruse of pure and undefiled olive oil fit for fueling the Menorah. The problem was, it was sufficient to light the Menorah only for one day, and it would take eight days to produce new pure oil. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days. Staff
December 5, 2015
What does Hanukkah mean or what is the purpose
December 3, 2015
Happy Hanukkha to all :))
More in this section
Related Topics
Hanukkah Kids Zone
Hanukkah Recipes
Hanukkah Cards
Hanukkah Shopping
Hanukkah Tidbits
Menorah Gallery
Chanukah News