In 2017 (5778) the Festival begins the evening of Tuesday, December 12th and runs through December 20th. Candles are lit each night at sunset to "publicize the miracle", starting with one on the first night, and ending with all 8 on the last night. Candles are usually lit from the right to the left (like how we read and write in Hebrew). 



For more info on how to light the Hanukkah menorah/chanukkiyah, blessings, etc., please click here.