Hanukkah is almost here! This year, it begins on Sunday, November 28, and ends on Monday, December 6. We’ve rounded up some events, both in-person and virtual, as well some crafts and treats you can make at home to help you celebrate.
Jewish Museum – Josh & The Jamtones
Friday, November 26, 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Jump to the roots-reggae-pop tunes of Josh & The Jamtones with sounds that bring the whole family to their feet. Hear re-imagined classics to get into the spirit of the Hanukkah holiday. This concert is for ages 3 and up. View on YouTube free with RSVP, one ticket per household, though purchasing a ticket ($5-$36) will help support the museum.
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey – Virtual Shalom Baby
Wednesday, December 1, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This virtual event will feature Chanukah stories, music, dancing and puppets with special guest Rachel Altounian from Tkiya. This event is free. Register online to receive a free Chanukah goodie bag.
Enjoy an exciting Chanukah family festival for the entire family. The event will begin with a menorah lighting outdoors followed by a celebration indoors. There will be LED Chanukah lights and crafts for the kids. There will also be donuts, latkes, and a delicious hot chocolate corner. Other activities include a VR experience and a magic show by illusionist and mentalist, Joshy K. This event is free and open to the entire community.
Wellmont Arts Plaza (5 Seymour Street, Montclair) – Montclair Chanukah Fest & Grand Menorah Lighting
Monday, November 29, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Witness the lighting of a giant 9-foot menorah and see Nissim Black Live in Concert. Food will be available for purchase from The Wandering Que Kosher Food Truck. Chanukah gelt, doughnuts, and prizes will be available for the kids. This event is free, but the suggested donation is $36 per family. Register online.
Jewish Museum (1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street, NYC) – Hanukkah Hunt Gallery Program
Sunday, December 5, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Before the final day of Hanukkah, the Jewish Museum will welcome families to the Museum to explore striking Hanukkah menorahs from around the world. Embark on a playful hunt, draw your discoveries in a sketchbook, experiment with whimsical shapes, touch replicas of artifacts, and chat with Jewish Museum Educators about what you encounter in this special opportunity to see treasured works of art in person during the holiday. This activity is for ages 4 and up. Free with Museum admission. Children 18 and under are free. Advanced timed tickets are required.
The Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark) – Celebrate Chanukah at the Museum!
Sunday, December 5, 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Learn about the menorah, dreidels, and latkes with storyteller Rivka Willick as she narrates traditional stories to explain what makes the Festival of Lights special for the Jewish community. A great program for the whole family. This activity is free but requires advance registration.
Verona Town Hall (600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona) – Verona Hanukkah Celebration
Sunday, December 5, 5:00 PM
Participate in a Hanukkah celebration with a menorah lighting, songs, food, art, and community.
Here’s a very easy menorah craft for kids. You’ll use cardboard, clothespins, and pipe cleaners to make the craft. This blog shows you how to use duct tape and washi tape to decorate your project, but you can honestly use paint or markers if that’s what you have on hand!
This spinning star mobile craft is good for multiple ages. The littlest kids may just get a kick out of coloring the pieces, while an older child might be able to do the cutting and assembly. Using thick paper or card stock, you can either draw the stars or use the printable template in this blog post. You’ll have three different stars that can be decorated and strung together.
This cardboard dreidel craft is another incredibly easy one that’s good for all ages. Simply cut out the dreidel shape from a piece of cardboard, then decorate! You can use just about anything for this one, crayons, paint, markers, different types of paper, and any other embellishment you have in the house. Each child can make one uniquely their own based on their own skill level.
If you want to try your hand at traditional potato latkes, check out this recipe.
This recipe for sufganiyot uses refrigerated pizza or biscuit dough to simplify this treat.
This snack can become an activity if your kids are old enough to build these edible menorahs. Try them with banana slices, pretzel sticks, chocolate chips, and peanut butter or cream cheese.
Here’s a cute and clever way to serve up breakfast. Begin with a waffle and add fruit, syrup, nuts, or other toppings.
These candy dreidels are super cute and tasty!
If you need a quick lunch one day, try out these PB&J dreidels!