This Jewish festival commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the second century B.C. Also known as the Festival of Lights, this is primarily a family celebration. One additional candle is lit each evening of the holiday, traditional foods like potato pancakes (latkes) are eaten, and gifts are exchanged.
For events you might attend, where you too might be spinning dreidels and eating delicious oily potato pancakes, see: http://jewishtoronto.com/calendar. For example, on December 6, Beth David has a Hanukkah Extravaganza with “…dancing, prizes, a latke cook-off, crafts, games, a quiet zone with warm beverages and low-key activities, and much more!”
On December 10, Vaughan City Hall’s Festival of Lights will include the cutting of the challah and the motzi and the Jewish community will have a Klezmer Band perform.”
Candles will be lit each day at the Miles Nadar Jewish Community Centre: http://bit.ly/1MULTSt
For background on this beautiful festival, see: http://www.cityshul.com/chanukah.html..