When does Hanukkah begin this year? Key holiday dates to know.

When does Hanukkah begin this year? Key holiday dates to know.
Source: AP
Source: AP

This holiday's are in full swing and before you know it, Hanukkah will be here.

The eight day "festival of lights" commemorates when Jews rose against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

However you spell it, Hanukkah -- or Chanukah -- will start the evening of Dec. 24 and last until the night of Jan. 1. 

Dec. 24: The first lighting of the menorah. The menorah is lit after Shabbat ends and the Havdalah is recited. The Havdalah is when the holiness of the day is pronounced over a cup of wine. 

Dec. 25: The second candle is placed on the menorah and both are lit after the reciting of blessings. 

Dec. 26: The third candle is placed on the menorah and all are lit after the reciting of blessings. 

Dec. 27: The fourth candle is placed on the menorah and all are lit after the reciting of blessings.

Dec. 28: The fifth candle is placed on the menorah and all are lit after the reciting of blessings.

Dec. 29: The sixth candle is placed on the menorah and all are lit after the reciting of blessings.

Dec. 30:  The seventh candle is placed and lit on the menorah after night fall. The menorah should be lit before lighting the Shabbat candles, 18 minutes before sunset. 

Dec. 31: The eighth, and final, candle is placed and lit on the menorah after night fall. The menorah should be lit after Shabbat ends and the Havdalah is recited.