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Hanukkah Events and Activities in the New York City Area

Hanukkah Events and Activities in the New York City Area

Celebrate Hanukkah with your family at these events in the New York metro area.


There are many kid-friendly Hanukkah celebrations for you family where kids can learn about the holiday and Jewish culture. Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights that remembers the miracle of lamp oil lasting for eight days, is celebrated this year from Dec. 10-18. And there are so many ways to celebrate, from menorah lightings to musical performances and yummy foods. Experience Hanukkah in the New York metro area or from the comfort of your home with these Hanukkah activities and events. 

Online Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families
Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families in Manhattan
Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families in Brooklyn
Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families on Long Island
Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families in Westchester

Online Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families

ONLINE Hanukkah Lollapalooza
WHEN:
Dec. 12, 5-6:45pm
WHERE: Beth Shalom v’ Emeth Reform Temple (B’ShERT) - Online
AGE: All
WHAT: Join B'ShERT virtually for the 3rd night of Hanukkah to celebrate with an all ages evening of fun. Advanced registration required.
WANT TO GO? FREE. Advanced registration required.

ONLINE Family Lab: This Little Light
WHEN:
Dec. 12, -6pm
WHERE: Lab/Shul - Online
AGES: All
WHAT: 
All are invited to FamilyLab to celebrate Hanukkah with an exclusive premiere of ShirLaLa's "This Little Light" musical celebration. Children become the storytellers in this highly interactive sing-along, dance-along, and art-along experience. With Lab/Shul's unique God-optional approach to tradition, text, and story, FamilyLab is open to those who identify as Jewish, Jew-ish, and everything in between. Whether it's your first time lighting up a menorah or you are a gold medal dreidel player, all are welcome.
WANT TO GO? $8-$18 sliding scale

ONLINE Young Families Chanukah
WHEN:
Dec. 13, 9:30am
WHERE: Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York - Online
AGE: Baby, pre-school & younger, young elementary
WHAT: Chanukah isn’t only about candles and chocolate gelt. It’s about heroes who save the day – and being proud to be Jewish! Join Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York for songs and a candle lighting. Parents, you’ll want to have some “model magic” available so your child can make a menorah along, too! In order to create and foster a safe communal space for all, please register in advance by sending an email to [email protected].
WANT TO GO? Free

ONLINE Young Families and Explorers Chanukah Candle-Lighting
WHEN:
Dec. 14, 4pm
WHERE: Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York - Online
AGE: Baby, pre-school & younger, young elementary
WHAT: Kick off the celebration of Chanukah by learning a new dance, then make dreidels and light the Chanukah candles together! The list of materials and private zoom link will be provided for all pre-registered participants, or join on Facebook or the livestream. Appropriate for children 2nd grade and under and their families.
WANT TO GO? Free

ONLINE 8 Nights of Chanukah
WHEN: 
Dec. 10-17, 6pm, nightly; 4pm, Friday
WHERE: Commonpoint Queens - Online
AGES: All
WHAT:  Commonpoint Queens is proud to offer FREE activities and events for the Community EVERY night of Chanukah! The entire community is invited to celebrate each night. There will be amazing interactive festivities, and we will have a different Commonpoint Queens family kick off each festivity with a candle lighting!
Activities include:
12/10 - 6:00 PM - Virtual Candle Lighting and Release of the Commonpoint Queens Story of Chanukah and Staff Lip Sync Videos.
 12/11 - 4:00 PM - Virtual Candle Lighting and Make Your Own Beeswax Candles. Make your candles and tag Commonpoint Queens on social media (#commonpointchanukah) and enter to win cool prizes! This event is not live.
 12/12 - 6:00 PM - Virtual Candle Lighting and live Dreidel Tournament. Pick up your kit with the materials to spin your way to a WIN!
 12/13 - 6:00 PM - Virtual Candle Lighting and join Commonpoint Queens on zoom for LED Menorah Making with Island Quest Day Camp. Pick up your kit and let Commonpoint Queens take care of the rest! Parent participation required for children under 8.
 12/14 - 6:00 PM - Virtual Candle Lighting and Make your own Latkes during a live cooking class. Ingredients provided.
 12/15 - 6:00 PM - Virtual Candle Lighting and Make your own Jelly Donuts during a live cooking class. Ingredients provided.
 12/16 - 6:00 PM - Virtual Candle Lighting and an interactive Chanukah Sing-a-long! No kit required!
 12/17 - 6:00 PM - Virtual Candle Lighting and Edible Chanukah Crafts! Materials and kit provided!Kits for each activity will be available for pickup at our Bay Terrace, Central Queens, and Sam Field Centers. All participants must register no later than Wednesday, December 9th.
WANT TO GO? Free

ONLINE Family Program: "The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm"
WHEN:
Dec. 15, 5pm
WHERE: Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust - Online
WHAT: When 10-year-old Elliott Saiontz asked his 90-year-old great-grandfather Jack Feldman about the number tattooed on his arm, he sparked an intimate conversation about Jack's life that embraced happy memories of his childhood in Poland, the loss of his family, surviving Auschwitz, and finding a new life in America. This conversation became the 2018 short HBO documentary The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm, which provides children and their families a gentle introduction to the subject of the Holocaust. Catch up with Elliott three years later for this special Hanukkah family program, which will include a screening of the 19-minute film, followed by a live conversation between Elliott and his mother Stacey Saiontz (a Trustee of the Museum). Elliott and Stacey will conclude with a family candle-lighting for the sixth night of Hanukkah.
AGES: Young elementary, tween teen
WANT TO GO? Suggested donation $10

ONLINE Friedberg Friend-a-Thon: 8 Crazy Nights of Giving. 1 Amazing Cause!
WHEN: Dec. 10-17, Thursdays, 7pm; Friday, 3pm; Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 6:30pm; Monday, 7pm; Tuesday, 6:30pm; Wednesday, 7pm  
WHERE: Fridberg JCC - Online
WHAT: The Friedberg JCC has launched its first ever “Friedberg Chanukah Friend-a-thon!” It’s an 8 nights-long fundraising event designed to bring joy, laughter, art, music, culinary fun and dance to the community as everyone comes together virtually to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah. Opening night will feature a performance from headliner, Borscht Belt Comedian Warren Schein, on December 10th at 7 pm. The following nights will include a ballroom dance performance, a Zumba party to burn off those latkes, a paint and sip night, a rainbow latkes cooking night with Chef Paula of Cooking with Stars, a lego building challenge, and children’s and special needs group performances. It’s a celebration of giving as well. As part of the JCC’s Year End Appeal, donations in any amount will go to support the vital services and programs that serve the entire community all-year long. It is one of the JCC’s most important fundraisers. Visit their website to view the programs and sign up for any and all of the “8 Crazy Nights”.
Night 1: Eight Crazy Nights with Borscht Belt comedian Warren Schein and Musical director Lydia Sabosto
Night 2: SPEAC Sing-Along
Night 3: 8 Crazy Nights - Zumba Dance Party
Night 4: Come Dance with Us- Crazy Nights of Giving at the Friedberg JCC
Night 5: Early Childhood Kvellathon
Night 6: Rainbow Latkes With Chef Paula
Night 7: Friedberg Menorah Building Contest & Kahoot! 
Night 8: Paint and Sip-8 Crazy Nights of Giving
AGES: All
WANT TO GO? Donations appreciated



 

Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families in Manhattan


Christmas Tree and Hanukkah Menorah
WHEN:
Nov. 27- Jan. 6, 2021, Thursdays and Fridays, 12-7pm
WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., Upper East Side
AGE: All
WHAT: The Met continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a magnificently lit, twenty-foot blue spruce that looms over a vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene, enshrined in an abundant array of lifelike figures with silk-robed angels hovering above. Recorded Christmas music adds to the enjoyment of the holiday display. The Met will also have a spectacular silver Hanukkah Menorah on display, generously on loan from the Moldovan Family Collection. Both beautiful and functional, this remarkable lamp was created in 1866 through 1872 in Lemberg (Lviv), Eastern Europe. Its rich history connects the lamp to centuries of Hanukkah celebrations across Jewish communities throughout the world.
WANT TO GO? Residents of NY, NJ, and CT, pay as you wish; $25 adults; $17 seniors; $12 students; Free for members, patrons, and children younger than 12.

Hudson Yards Hanukkah Celebration 
WHEN:
Dec. 10-18, 12-6pm
WHERE: Hudson Yards, between 10th and 11th Ave. between 30th and 34th Street
AGES: All
WHAT: Hudson Yards welcomes visitors to experience The Festival of Lights featuring a 6-foot menorah displayed on the Public Square and Gardens with lightings every evening at sundown. An array of traditional foods will be available fromWilliam Greenberg: jelly donuts, blue and white cookies, Hanukkah-themed cookies, cupcakes and gelt, Katz’s Delicatessen: Pastrami and turkey sandwiches with matzo ball soup, Miznon: giant potato latkes with sour cream cooked over a fire pit, and Neapolitan Express: rugelach cookies. Rabbi Herman from Hudson Yards Synagogue will speak Live on the first night of Hanukkah, December 10th, at 4:00 PM and will “light” the menorah.
WANT TO GO? hudsonyardsnewyork.com

 

Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families in Brooklyn

Chanukah Family Fest
WHEN:
Dec. 13-17, Sunday-Tuesday, 10am-1:30pm and 2-5pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Pkway, Brooklyn
AGE: Pre-school and younger, young elementary, tween, teen
WHAT: It’s Chanukah! It’s time for festive celebrations and family fun. Join the Jewish Children’s Museum for the ultimate Chanukah family experience. Get into the holiday spirit by decorating a mouth-watering holiday donut. Discover the art of olive oil making in a fascinating and interactive workshop. Challenge yourself, your family, and your friends in a sounds-and-lights-filled entertaining game show. Step into a world of wonder as you explore the museum’s unique exhibits, and help create a Chanukah mural on a Menorah. Due to Covid19 there will be timed tickets.
WANT TO GO? $15, timed tickets

Brooklyn’s Largest Menorah Lighting
WHEN:
Dec. 10-17; Dec. 10, 5pm; Dec. 11, 3:30pm; Dec. 12, 7pm; Dec. 13, 5:30pm; Dec. 14-17, 6pm
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
AGE: All
WHAT: Kick off the first night of Chanukah with a Concert at 5pm and then stay for the lighting of Brooklyn's largest Menorah! Every night of Chanukah will be celebrated with live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children.
WANT TO GO? Free.

 

Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families on Long Island

Christmas Tree Lighting and Lighting of the Menorah Ceremony
WHEN:
Dec. 8, 4:30-6pm
WHERE: Inc. Village of Hempstead
AGE: All
WHAT: Please join Mayor Don Ryan and Rabbi Abe (Beth Israel) to celebrate the holidays! RSVP for more information.
WANT TO GO? Free

Menorah Lighting
WHEN:
Dec. 10-17, Thursday, 6pm; Friday, 3:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday-Thursday, 6pm
WHERE: Andrew J. Parise Park, 257 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst
AGE: All
WHAT: Join the Chabad of the Five Towns, which serves the communities of Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Inwood, Lawrence, North Woodmere, Woodmere and Woodsburgh, for Menorah lightings each night of Chanukah. Individually wrapped donuts and dreidels will be given out to the children!
WANT TO GO? Free

Celebrate Chanukah with Car Menorah Parade Followed by Annual Grand Menorah Lighting
WHEN:
Dec. 10, 5pm
WHERE: The Chai Center and Chabad of Mid-Suffolk, 318 Veterans Memorail Highway, Commack
AGE: All
WHAT: Cars line up at 5:00PM at Chabad of Mid-Suffolk (318 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY), and leave at 6:00PM to go to The Chai Center (501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY). The parade will conclude with the annual Grand Menorah Lighting in the parking lot of The Chai Center at 6:45PM. Participants will have the opportunity to tune their radio to hear music for the parade. Donuts and latkes for everyone (packaged individual servings) *First 50 cars to RSVP get a free car Menorah and flag for the parade * Chanukah Beanies for the first 100 participants Register your car for the parade in advance. 5:00 PM Cars line up at Chabad of Mid-Suffolk in Commack; 6:00 PM Cars leave to go to The Chai Center in Dix Hills; 6:45 PM Grand Outdoor Menorah Lighting at The Chai Center
WANT TO GO? Free

Menorah Car Parade
WHEN: 
Dec. 13, 2020, 10:30am, set up; 11am, parade begins
WHERE: Chabad Of Port Washington
AGES: All 
WHAT: 
Sign up to be a part of the Car Parade and celebrate Chanukah. It will be an experience to remember! Advanced registration required. 
WANT TO GO?  $20 per car; free for Chabad Hebrew School Families

 

Hanukkah Events and Activities for Families in Westchester

Drive In Chanukah Experience
WHEN:
Dec. 13, 5pm
WHERE: 100 Palisades St., Dobbs Ferry
AGE: All
WHAT: Looking for a fun,interactive and Covid safe family experience this Chanukah? For the first time ever.. a drive in Chanukah multi media experience featuring animation, game show, and concert on a giant screen! Be dazzled by a live fire performer all from the comfort of your own car!
WANT TO GO? Free

Chanukah Drive-In
WHEN:
Dec. 13, 5-5:45pm
WHERE: Chabad of Rivertowns, 303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
AGE: All
WHAT: Looking for a fun, interactive and Covid safe family experience this Chanukah? For the first time ever.. a drive in Chanukah multi media experience featuring animation, game show, and concert on a giant screen! Be dazzled by a live fire performer all from the comfort of your own car. RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? $36 suggested donation per car

 


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