Hanukkah for the year 2026 is celebrated/ observed on sundown of December 4 ending at sundown on Saturday, Decemeber 12.
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival with the first day known as Chanukah, Festival of Lights, and Feast of Dedication. In the Jewish calendar, the first day of Hanukkah is on the 25th day of the month of Kislev. In the Gregorian calendar, Hanukkah may occur between late November to late December.
Why do Jewish holidays start at nighttime?
According to the Torah, the story of creation in Genesis says “And it was evening, and it was morning day one”, “And it was evening, and it was morning; the second day”, thus night comes before day. So for the Jewish calendar all days begin at nightfall and end the next day at nightfall including holidays.
Days to Hanukkah 2026
Friday, December 4th is day number 338 of the 2026 calendar year with 4 years, 7 days until the start of Hanukkah 2026.
|Name(s):||Hanukkah, Chanukah, Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication|
|When:||25th day of Kislev on Hebrew Calendar|
Dates for Hanukkah
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Hanukkah 2021||Monday, November 29, 2021||-363|
|Hanukkah 2022||Monday, December 19, 2022||22|
|Hanukkah 2023||Friday, December 08, 2023||376|
|Hanukkah 2024||Thursday, December 26, 2024||760|
|Hanukkah 2025||Monday, December 15, 2025||1114|
|Hanukkah 2026||Saturday, December 05, 2026||1469|