Updated for 2020
This year, the first night of Hanukkah begins on Thursday, December 10th. This eight-night Festival of Lights is being celebrated all around Los Angeles 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!
Hanukkah in Los Angeles
The Skirball invites families to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 pm. This special online program will feature a “heartwarming community candle lighting and a lively sing-along to get you feeling festive.” Enjoy musical performances, a puppetry performance telling the Hanukkah story, and more. Details are available online for this free event. RSVP is encouraged.
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, Thursday, December 10th through Friday, December 18th, at sundown.
Menorah Lighting at The Original Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles
The original Farmers’ Market will display its larger-than-life Menorah beginning on December 5th. Join with your family and friends to take a photo in front of the structure for the perfect holiday card, or stop by and take a quick selfie as you’re finishing up your shopping! From December 10th until December 18th, Farmers Market staff will light the menorah at sunset. Make sure to visit at least once past nightfall, as the bright lights stand out beautifully against the sky and Farmers Market holiday décor.
Kids of all cooking skill levels are invited to participate in a special online Hanukkah-themed class on Saturday, December 12th from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. Children will “celebrate the festival of lights by making Hanukkah Cookies!” Reserve your spot online. Fee is $20.
Hanukkah Week – Online
Families are invited to enjoy an online Hanukkah Week program through the Shalom Institute. Light the menorah candles and enjoy a fun activity each night of Hanukkah. Check the website for details.
Chanukah Silent Disco
The Open Temple
1422 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291
The Open Temple in Venice invites families to its outdoor Chanukah Silent Disco happening on Saturday, December 12th at 4:00 pm. This family-friendly event features a menorah lighting, community, silent disco, dreidels, and more. Register online for this free event.
Menorah Lighting at the Pier
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
On Sunday, December 13th at 4:30 pm, head down to the Santa Monica Pier for a special menorah lighting at “the western most point of mainland USA!”
Enjoy a virtual reading of Gracie’s Night with author Lynn Taylor Gordon on Sunday, December 6th. A question and answer session will follow. All attendees will also receive a signed copy of the book as well as crafts, activities, and surprises. Cost is $18. Register online.
Enjoy a Menorah Lighting Virtual Celebration on Sunday, December 13th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Stay comfy at home while you watch Chabad of Laguna Niguel light the menorah. Details are available online.
Chanukah Community Celebration
Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County
1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603
On Wednesday, December 16th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, families can enjoy a Chanukah Community Candle-Lighting. There will be crafts and games as well as latkes and refreshments available for purchase. The event is free, though registration is required.
Community Menorah Lighting
Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza
1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Community Menorah Lighting has been cancelled” this year.
Menorah Lighting Display
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
Fashion Island invites families to enjoy the daily lighting of its menorah starting on Thursday, December 10th. The menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah, through December 18th.
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