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Tyler Buffa, lower left, and Aiden Buffa, lower right, make Hanukkah candles with the help of Fred Hardiman, upper left, as mother Jennifer Buffa, upper right, looks on, at the Jelly Belly Hanukkah event Thursday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Jelly Belly visitors walk through a Hanukkah wonderland

FAIRFIELD — A dimly lit menorah stood Thursday beside the Jelly Belly Factory’s Christmas tree, marking the fifth night of Hanukkah.

The scene outside the factory was unusually quiet despite a packed parking lot. Inside the factory, however, up the stairs and around the corner, there was a party going on, not just any old party, but a big, boisterous celebration that drew people of Jewish faith from all over the Bay Area.

Chabad Solano’s third annual “Chanukah Wonderland” at Jelly Belly was nothing short of a blowout, drawing hundreds throughout the course of the event. Earlier in the afternoon, the menorah, filled with jelly beans, was lit outside the factory. Immediately after the ceremony, those who were there were ready to party.

Rabbi Chaim Zaklos of the Chabad Solano said that the event is the biggest in Solano County and attracts visitors from as far as Stockton.

There was much to entertain at this year’s event, including a bubble show by Sterling Johnson, edible menorah creations for children, candle dipping and free massages for adults.

At the upstairs cafe, music provided by Jewish pop star Choni G boomed through the loudspeakers. With good, kosher food in their bellies, visitors got up and danced – some on their chairs – to the tunes of Choni G.

Some visitors like Amy and Laura Lerner of Benicia opted to dance while sitting down. Laura Lerner had her hands full with her grandson Diego Lerner.

“He’s just having great time,” she said as he bounced on her lap.