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 twenty-plus 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.
Westfield Culver City
6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA
On Sunday, December 22nd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm families can attend the Hanukkah Celebration at the Westfield Culver City. This free community event includes craft activities, songs, and more.
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.
Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Westfield Santa Anita
400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
Westfield Santa Anita hosts its Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 23rd from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Light the menorah on the second night of Hanukkah and also enjoy food, fun, and holiday festivities at this free event.
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.
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, CA 90067
Westfield Century City will celebrate Hanukkah with a special Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 23rd from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The event includes live entertainment, crafts, and more. Reserve your free ticket online.
850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, El Segundo, CA 90245
Families can celebrate Hanukkah at The Point in El Segundo on Sunday, December 15th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The fun includes a scavenger hunt, dreidel games, crafts, food, and a raffle.
Menorah Lighting Ceremony
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Grove hosts its Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 29th. The festivities begin at 5:30 pm with a pre-show. The ceremony is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and features the lighting of the menorah as well as live music and festive treats.
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.
Palisades Unity Menorah Lighting
1035 N. Swarthmore, Pacific Palisades, CA
On Sunday, December 22nd from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, families are invited to the Palisades Unity Menorah Lighting happening at Palisades Village. The festivities include the menorah lighting (at 6:00 pm), crafts for kids, live entertainment, treats, and fun.
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.
Menorah Lighting Ceremony
3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Manhattan Village invites families to its Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 26th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.Families will enjoy music, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, latkes, and more at this free event.
Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Sherman Oaks Galleria
15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
The Sherman Oaks Galleria invites families to its Menorah Lighting Ceremony happening on Saturday, December 28th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. This fun event features an ice menorah sculpted in front of your eyes! Families will also enjoy songs, dance, treats, crafts, and more at this free event.
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.
Celebrate the Season – Hanukkah Celebration
Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at the Westfield Fashion Square on Sunday, December 22nd from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Families will also enjoy family-friendly entertainment and treats at this free community event. RSVP online.
Grand Menorah Lighting at Culver City Hall Courtyard
Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Join the Jewish Community of Culver City on Sunday, December 22nd at City Call Courtyard in Culver City for the lighting of the Menorah. Festivities begin at 4:30pm. Featuring Culver City’s favorite magician Robert Baxt, with donuts, latkes, face painting, live music, crafts for kids, and raffles.
How I Saved Hanukkah
Storybook Children’s Theatre at ITA Productions
10820 Washington Blvd., Culver City 90232
Based on the book How I Saved Hanukkah, written by Amy Goldman Koss and illustrated by Diane deGroat, is the story of Marla Feinstein, the only Jewish kid in her fourth-grade class. When Marla decides to learn what Hanukkah traditions are really about, things change fast. Join them for this intimate theater experience in Culver City, perfect for children ages 3-10yrs old, and their families. Performances: December 15 at 4pm, December 15 at 530pm, December 22 at 4pm, and December 22 at 530pm. On December 22, stay with us after the last show to light the candles and play a few rounds of dreidl!
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.
Westfield Topanga and The Village
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91303
Families can join the Hanukkah Celebration at the Westfield Topanga on Monday, December 23rd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This free event features a menorah lighting, music, treats, and more.
Giant Lollipop Menorah – Chanuka at Del Amo Fashion Center
Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503
Families are invited to the Del Amo Fashion Center on Sunday, December 29th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for a special Chanuka celebration featuring a giant lollipop menorah! The fun also includes latkes and hot chocolate, entertainment, face painting, and more.
Two Rodeo Dr.
9480 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Enjoy a special Menorah lighting at Two Rodeo Drive on Sunday, December 29th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Families will enjoy the menorah lighting ceremony, live entertainment, traditional food, and more. The event is free.
Grand Menorah Lighting
Chase Bank Parking Lot
10550 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA
Families are invited to celebrate the first night of Chanukah in Toluca Lake. The festivities are on Sunday, December 22nd from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and will be honoring the community’s firefighters. Enjoy latkes and refreshments, live entertainment, and more. And get ready for the “gelt drop” – “chocolate gelt and other Chanukah goodies will ‘rain’ from the aerial ladder of a firetruck.”
Hannukah Celebrations Worth the Drive:
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.
Menorah Lighting Ceremony
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
Fashion Island hosts its Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 22nd from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Families will enjoy live entertainment, “festive traditions, and sweet treats” at this free event.
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