The Best Hanukkah Celebrations In and Around Los Angeles
This year, the first night of Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 22nd. This eight-night Festival of Lights is being celebrated all around Los Angeles with lots of fun, memorable events. Here are thirteen places hosting family-friendly Hanukkah celebrations.
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!
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Festival of Lights
SIJCC (Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center)
1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
The SIJCC is hosting its annual Festival of Lights event on Sunday, December 15th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This community event includes arts and crafts, games, live performances, food vendors, and more. Children over 2 years old are $15 each; adults are free. Tickets are available online.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Skirball invites families to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, on Sunday, December 15th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. (The museum will open at 10:00 am). Festivities include live musical and dance performances, hands-on workshops, storytelling, tasty treats, and more. (General admission is $12; seniors and children over 12 are $9; children 2-12 are $7, and children younger than 2 are free). Advance tickets are recommended and are available online.
Hooray for Hanukkah
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Pretend City Children’s Museum is celebrating Hanukkah every day beginning Sunday, December 22nd through Monday, December 30th. Different activities are planned each day, including songs, stories, games, and art, so check the website for details. Admission is $13.75 each.
Community Menorah Lighting
Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza
1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
You can celebrate Chanukah at the Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza on Sunday, December 22nd from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The fun includes music, hot latkes and donuts, gifts for children, live entertainment, and a giant menorah lighting.
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA
The Farmers Market is the site of a Hanukkah Celebration on Sunday, December 22nd from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This free event features lots of fun activities including music, holiday arts and crafts, the lighting of a giant Lego menorah, and more.
1300 block of Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
Families can spend time in Santa Monica and enjoy the nightly lighting of the menorah on the Third Street Promenade. The event happens each evening, December 22nd through December 29th, at sundown.
225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Families are invited to the Montage Beverly Hills for a nightly lighting of the menorah. This complimentary event runs throughout the eight nights of Hanukkah, beginning Sunday December 22nd at approximately 4:45 pm each night.
Annual Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration
The Commons at Calabasas
4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA
The Annual Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration at The Commons at Calabasas is planned for Monday, December 23rd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Enjoy live music, treats, the lighting of the menorah, and more.
Hanukkah Story Time and Craft
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch
3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch invites families to its Hanukkah Story Time and Craft happening on Saturday, December 14th at 10:30 am. Enjoy a special holiday-themed story and related craft. All supplies will be provided.
Family & Me: Hanukkah!
American Jewish University
Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library
15600 Mulholland Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90077
Families can participate in a special event at the American Jewish University on Sunday, December 15th at 10:00 am. “Family & Me: Hanukkah!” will be a special holiday themed story time featuring stories, singing, and crafts designed for children ages 3-6 as well as their special grown-ups. Pre-registration admission is $25 per family; $30 at the door.
Kid’s Hanukkah Class
13545 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Kids ages 6-10 are invited to join Chef Michal Harris for a special Hanukkah themed class on Saturday, December 21st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Children will prepare a “delicious Hanukkah feast of fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade latkes, fresh applesauce from scratch, and jelly-filled doughnuts!” Reserve your spot online. Fee is $65.
Hannukah Celebrations Worth the Drive:
The Great Chanukah Firetruck Gelt Drop and Monroe Menorah Lighting
Commuter Parking Lot
Millpond Parkway, Monroe, CA
The Great Chanukah Firetruck Gelt Drop and Monroe Menorah Lighting is happening on Sunday, December 22nd at 4:30 pm. Enjoy latkes, donuts, hot chocolate, and fun with dreidels. This free event will also feature a “Gelt Drop” – “mixed in the bucket of thousands of silver chocolate coins will be 8 golden coins.” Those who find those golden coins will be winners of a special Chanukah gift.
Chanukah – Menorah Lighting
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 9211
Celebrate Chanukah out of town at the Hotel del Coronado. Each evening at 5:00 pm, families can celebrate as the menorah in The Del’s lobby is lit each night. On December 26th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Chabad of Coronado will be hosting “Chanukah on Ice,” an opportunity to enjoy the Menorah lighting, a special skating session, and some Chanukah treats.
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