Updated for 2021
This year, the first night of Hanukkah begins on Sunday, November 28th. This eight-night Festival of Lights is being celebrated all around Los Angeles and Southern California with lots of fun, memorable events. Here are sites hosting family-friendly Hanukkah celebrations, including both in-person and virtual events.
A note on spelling: We’ve chosen to spell this Jewish Holiday “Hanukkah,” but other spellings are used by some of the venues listed here. This article helps explain where some of the different spellings come from. However it is spelled, Hanukkah is a wonderful holiday to celebrate in Los Angeles!
Looking for where to get Hanukkah Meals and Latkes in Los Angeles, take a peek at our list. Need gift ideas? See our list of Made-in-Los Angeles Gifts, and our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Want to see a Holiday Show or see the Holiday Light Displays – we have those lists, too!
- Hanukkah Celebrations in Los Angeles and the Westside
- Hanukkah Celebrations in the South Bay
- Hanukkah Celebrations in the Valley
- Hanukkah Celebrations in Orange County
- Hanukkah Celebrations in Beverly Hills
- Hanukkah Celebrations in Santa Monica
- Hanukkah Celebrations in Culver City
- Virtual Hanukkah Celebrations
Hanukkah in Los Angeles
1. Hanukkah Festival
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Skirball invites families to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, on Sunday, December 5th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm). This special program features music, storytelling, art-making, and more. “Watch Skirball Storytellers recount the age-old story of Hanukkah, create a one-of-a-kind art project, enjoy classic Hanukkah treats and holiday drinks, and celebrate community with a joyous sunset candle lighting.” Advance reservations are required and are available online.
2. Palisades Unity Menorah Lighting
1035 N. Swarthmore, Pacific Palisades, CA
On Sunday, November 28th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, families are invited to the Palisades Unity Menorah Lighting happening at Palisades Village. The festivities include the menorah lighting, performances by local talent, and more. Honorary Mayor of the Palisades Eugene Levy will also be in attendance at this free event.
3. Menorah Lightings
1400 block of Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
Downtown Santa Monica celebrates the Festival of Lights with nightly menorah lightings beginning Sunday, November 28 through December 6, taking place at sundown. Different synagogues and groups are invited each night to light the menorah and will host their own ceremony or celebration: Chabad of Santa Monica (Nov. 28), Nashuva (Nov. 29), Gan Israel Pre-School (Nov. 30), Mishkon Tephilo (Dec. 1), Beth Shir Shalom (Dec. 2), Office of State Assembly member Richard Bloom (Dec. 3), Kehillat Israel (Dec. 4) and IKAR (Dec. 5).
4. Hanukkah on the Canals Parade
The Open Temple
1422 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291
The Open Temple in Venice invites families to its Hanukkah on the Canals Parade happening on Sunday, December 12th at 3:00 pm. Enjoy music performed by Open Temple Band, dreidels, and donuts.
5. Platform Menorah Lighting
8806 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232 (corner of Washington & National)
SUNDAY, NOV. 28 at 5:30 P.M.
Special Gelt drop by the Culver City Fire Department!
Giant Menorah Lighting! Live Music! Hot Latkes! Donuts! Free Raffle!
6. Ivy Station Menorah Lighting
8840 National Blvd., Culver City 90232 (parking will be validated)
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1 at 6:00 P.M.
Enjoy a wonderful performance by The Klezmer Band, followed by a Giant Menorah Lighting!
Hot latkes & Donuts! Chocolate Gelt & Dreidels! Free Raffle!
7. Chanukah at Culver City Hall
9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City 90232 (parking on Watseka)
SUNDAY, DEC. 5 at 4:30 P.M. Join us on the final night of Chanukah for a Grand Menorah Lighting at the Culver City Hall! Special Magic Show for all ages! Live music! Hot latkes! Donuts! Chocolate Gelt & Dreidels! Arts and crafts! Free raffles!
8. Menorah Lighting Celebration
Beverly Hills City Hall
455 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA
The City of Beverly Hills is hosting a Menorah Lighting Celebration, to “share the historical meaning of Hanukkah and the festival of lights,” on Tuesday, November 30th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
9. The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
10. Palisades Village
15225 Palisades Village Ln, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
The Festival of Lights. In celebration of Chanukah, The Grove and Palisades Village will light their menorahs each evening from November 28 to December 5. In partnership with the Chabad Jewish Community Center of Pacific Palisades, Palisades Village will host a community menorah lighting ceremony on the first night of the holiday, November 28. The Grove, together with Village Synagogue, will celebrate the holiday with a ceremonial lighting on the evening of December 2.
11. Hanukkah Family Fun Day in Malibu
Shalom Institute Camp & Conference
34342 Mulholland Way, Malibu, CA 90265
Head to Malibu on Sunday, November 28th from 2 pm to 5 pm for Hanukkah Family Fun Day. The fun includes dreidel games, arts and crafts, menorah lighting, raffles, and more. Light snacks and appetizers will be served. Tickets and registration information are available online.
12. Lit Hanukkah LA
The Historic Vibiana, 214 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Lit Hanukkah is a family friendly experience for kids of all ages featuring: Curated Hanukkah projects by Petit Bizoo Art Studio, A cookie decorating experience presented by Diamond Bakery on Fairfax, Screenings of the award winning animated short ‘The Broken Candle’, Food by Redbird | Vibiana Chef Neal Fraser (Glatt kosher options available), Cocktails by Redbird | Vibiana bar director Tobin Shea, A projection mapping installation by master projection designer Bart Kresa, Blacklight selfie room, Nightly Hanukkah lightings, and Live Performances. Tickets available.
13. JEC Chanukah Disco Party
17315 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
The Jewish Enrichment Club is hosting an outdoor Chanukah Disco Party on Wednesday, December 1st from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The festivities, designed for children ages 5-12, feature glow-in-the-dark fun, crafts, and Chanukah treats. RSVP required. Details are available online.
14. Hanukkah Celebration
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, CA 90067
Westfield Century City will celebrate Hanukkah from Sunday, November 28th through Monday, December 6th. Enjoy the “festive and interactive mural in collaboration with a local Los Angeles artist.”
15. Menorah Lighting
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA
The Peninsula Beverly Hills invites families to celebrate the “miracle of lights” with a Menorah Lighting ceremony on Monday, November 29th at sundown. Families may RSVP online.
16. Chanukah Fun On the Plaza
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA
The Original Farmers Market hosts Chanukah Fun On the Plaza on Sunday, December 5th. At 1:00 pm, the “Chanukah Pajamikah Show with Doda Mollie” is scheduled. And then from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, get ready for some hands-on Chanukah activities and fun.
Hanukkah Celebrations in the Valley
17. Hanukkah in the Foothills
New Hope Community Church
10438 Oro Vista Ave., Sunland, CA 91040
The Annual Hanukkah in the Foothills event is happening on Sunday, December 5th from 5 pm to 7 pm. Enjoy a fun, free community event and come hungry – potato latkes will be served.
18. Celebrate Hanukkah
Sherman Oaks Galleria
15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
The Sherman Oaks Galleria invites families to Celebrate Hanukkah on Tuesday, November 30th. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm and include music, face painting, and crafts. The Menorah Lighting is scheduled for 6:30 pm.
19. Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Westfield Topanga and The Village
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91303
Families can join the Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Westfield Topanga on Tuesday, November 30th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Check the website for more details as they become available.
20. Chanukah Menorah Lighting
Shoppes at Westlake Village
30770 Russel Ranch Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91362
The Shoppes at Westlake Village is hosting a Chanukah Menorah Lighting event for the community on Thursday, December 2nd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This free, annual event features live musical performances, crafts, latkes, and more.
Hanukkah Celebrations in Orange County
21. Seal Beach Menorah Lighting
Eisenhower Park at the Seal Beach Pier
Ocean Ave. and Main St., Seal Beach, CA
The Annual Pre-Chanukah Menorah Lighting is happening on Sunday, November 21st at 5:00 pm. This free event features “live music, traditional Chanukah foods, and the grand lighting of a giant 9-foot Menorah.” RSVP online.
22. Hanukkah Celebration at the Nixon Library
The Richard Nixon Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Families are invited to the Hanukkah Celebration happening at the Nixon Library on Sunday, November 21st at 10:30 am. This free program features special guest Ben Stein as well as musical performances, a community menorah candle lighting, and more. Advance registration is required for this free event.
23. Dana Point Harbor Menorah Lighting
Dana Point Harbor, 34555 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629
DPHP in partnership with the Chabad Jewish Center of Dana Point will host a Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the Fishing Pier at Baby Beach at 4 p.m. on November 28th. Guests can enjoy hot latkes, music, coffee, dreidels, crafts for kids and more. The 12-foot Menorah will remain at the pier for the duration of Hanukkah until December 6.
24. Chanukah Community Celebration
Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County
1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603
On Wednesday, December 1st from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, families can enjoy a Chanukah Community Candle-Lighting. There will be games, entertainment, and treats for families with children of all ages. Food will be available for purchase. This a free event open to the public.
25. Hooray for Hanukkah
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Pretend City is celebrating Hanukkah from Sunday, November 28th through Sunday, December 5th. “Let your little ones learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art.” Check the website for a schedule of events. All activities are included in general museum admission. Tickets are available online.
26. Chanukah and Menorah Lighting Celebration
Laguna Niguel City Hall
30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA
The City of Laguna Niguel hosts a Chanukah and Menorah Lighting Celebration on Sunday, November 28th at 4:00 pm. The festivities include live entertainment, the lighting of the Menorah, arts and crafts, and Chanukah treats.
27. Menorah at the Outlets
Outlets at San Clemente
101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672
Outlets at San Clemente is hosting a community Chanukah Menorah Lighting and Celebration on Sunday, December 5th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This special event features the lighting of the giant menorah, crafts for kids, music, dreidels, a balloon artist, and more. Register online for this free event.
28. Menorah Lighting Display
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
Fashion Island invites families to enjoy the nighty lighting of its Menorah starting on Sunday, November 28th. The menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah, through December 6th.
Hanukkah Celebrations in the South Bay
29. Hanukkah Holiday Celebration
850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, El Segundo, CA 90245
Families can celebrate Hanukkah at The Point in El Segundo on Sunday, December 5th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The fun includes “children’s activities, storytelling, crafts, and music as well as Hanukkah traditions such as dreidel and festive eats.”
30. Shul By the Shore Menorah Lighting
2nd & PCH
6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
2nd & PCH invites families to its community Menorah Lighting happening on Sunday, November 28th. Check the website for details as they become available.
31. Menorah Lighting Ceremony
3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Manhattan Village invites families to its Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 5th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend this free event.
32. Giant Chanukah Celebration
Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza
1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Hermosa Beach is hosting a Giant Chanukah Celebration on Sunday, November 28th at 3:00 pm. The festivities include a giant Menorah lighting, gelt from from a fire truck ladder, live dance performances, and more.
Hanukkah Celebrations in San Diego
33. Menorah Lighting and Chanukah on Ice
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118
Celebrate Chanukah out of town at the Hotel del Coronado. From Sunday, November 28th through Thursday, December 2nd enjoy the nightly lighting of the Menorah in T”he Del’s newly restored Victorian lobby.” And from Friday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 5th take part in Chanukah on Ice, an opportunity to enjoy the Menorah lighting, a special ice skating session, and some Chanukah treats. Details are available online.
Virtual Hanukkah Celebrations
Chanukah Grandfriend is a virtual event for grandparents and grandchildren happening on Tuesday, November 30th. (Grandchildren and grandparents do not need to be in the same home to participate.) This special multi-generational event celebrates the Festival of Lights with “stories, a de-light-ful craft project, and lighting the menorah). Register online so that all materials can be mailed out to you in time.
BLVD Kitchen invites families to participate in a special online Hanukkah-themed workshop on Saturday, December 4th at 10:30 am. “In this two part workshop, you’ll make yeast dough, cut out doughnuts, fry like a pro, then shake with sugar and fill with delicious fruit jam.” Reserve your spot online.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).