Hanukkah Celebrations

The festival of lights comes early this year. All New Yorkers are welcome to celebrate with food, fairs, music, ice skating and more. Also:

* awesome menorahs, books, gifts, giant dreidel legos and more at the Jewish Museum gift store
* an easy peanut butter jelly doughnuts recipe
* a fun upper-west-side-set Hanukkah song/video


Events This Week | Holidays in NYC Guide


Metropolitan Museum Tree & Menorah

Wednesday, November 21–Sunday, January 6, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under
A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene adorns a candlelit spruce. Gorgeous 18th Century Baroque creche angels hover over an Italian village filled with animals and interesting characters. Look for a monkey, elephant and more. Everyday at 4:30 pm, recorded music accompanies a dramatic lighting ceremony. Also see one of the…

Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 2–Monday, December 10, 5:30 pm–5:45 pm
Grand Army Plaza ~ Fifth Avenue at 59th Street ~ Midtown East
FREE
The festival of lights goes large with the nightly lighting of an electronic candle on this 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound gilded steel Menorah. The first night party usually includes music, chocolate for the kids, and menorahs to take home and light yourself.

Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps

Monday, December 3–Thursday, February 28, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
The Jewish Museum ~ 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street ~ Upper East Side
$15, free/ages 18 & under
See over 80 Hanukah lamps representing four continents and six centuries of artistic production from the largest collection of Hanukkah lamps in the world, amassed over the 114 years of the Museum's existence. Also join a faux archeological dig in the interactive Kids Zone and see striking modern art in Chagall,…

Lobby Lights: Drum Circle

Monday, December 3, 5:15 pm–5:45 pm
JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
FREE
Light candles in the JCC Manhattan lobby each night of Chanukah, hosted by different members of the JCC community. Tonight, join a drum circle with Shoshana Jedwab.

Chanukah On Ice

Monday, December 3, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Central Park, Wollman Rink ~ West 63rd Street & Sixth Avenue, ~ Central Park
$24, $32/with skate rental, free/ages 0-3
Enjoy a spin on the ice, a spread of kosher treats including Chanukah classics like doughnuts and latkes, a DJ playing Jewish music and special guest appearances, a life-sized ice skating dreidel and the lighting of a hand-carved giant ice menorah.

10th Annual Latke Festival

Monday, December 3, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum ~ 200 Eastern Parkway ~ Brooklyn
$75
Taste creative potato pancakes from acclaimed chefs at a charity event benefiting The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching healthy eating habits to children and their families. Join a panel of celebrity judges to dance to a live DJ and vote for the Best Latke of all.

Menorah Maker & Hanukiah Slide and See

Tuesday, December 4, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Use materials from the Found Objects section of Art, Artists & You to make a Menorah or Hanukiah for Hannukah. Also use a creative and fun method of card making to make an interactive Hanukiah revealing a new flame for every night of the holiday.

Lobby Lights: Camp Settoga

Tuesday, December 4, 5:15 pm–5:45 pm
JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
FREE
Light candles in the JCC Manhattan lobby each night of Chanukah, hosted tonight by Hosted by Camp Settoga and Day Camp @ the JCC.

Seaport District Hanukkah Party

Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Seaport District ~ Fulton & Front Streets ~ Lower Manhattan
FREE
Celebrate Hanukkah with latkes and jelly donuts, arts & crafts, live music and guest speakers. Clarinet great David Krakauer plays Klezmer music and Cynthia Rowley's Seaport location serves complimentary bubbly, chocolate gelt & offering 20% off. Meet the author and illustrator of Schmuck the Buck: Santa's Jewish Reindeer and receive…

Menorah Maker & Hanukiah Slide and See

Wednesday, December 5, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Use materials from the Found Objects section of Art, Artists & You to make a Menorah or Hanukiah for Hannukah. Also use a creative and fun method of card making to make an interactive Hanukiah revealing a new flame for every night of the holiday.

Lobby Lights: Fiddler on the Roof

Wednesday, December 5, 5:15 pm–5:45 pm
JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
FREE
Light candles in the JCC Manhattan lobby each night of Chanukah, hosted by different members of the JCC community. Tonight enjoy a pop-up musical revue of Fiddler on the Roof with the National Yiddish Theater.

Menorah Maker & Hanukiah Slide and See

Thursday, December 6, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Use materials from the Found Objects section of Art, Artists & You to make a Menorah or Hanukiah for Hannukah. Also use a creative and fun method of card making to make an interactive Hanukiah revealing a new flame for every night of the holiday.

Lobby Lights: Dance

Thursday, December 6, 5:15 pm–5:45 pm
JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
FREE
Light candles in the JCC Manhattan lobby each night of Chanukah. Tonight's lighting is led by volunteer program Engage, with a dance performance by the JCC Hip-Hop Performance Team and Israeli dancing led by Tamar

Menorah Maker & Hanukiah Slide and See

Friday, December 7, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Use materials from the Found Objects section of Art, Artists & You to make a Menorah or Hanukiah for Hannukah. Also use a creative and fun method of card making to make an interactive Hanukiah revealing a new flame for every night of the holiday.

Lobby Lights

Friday, December 7, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm
JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
FREE
Light candles in the JCC Manhattan lobby each night of Chanukah, hosted by different members of the JCC community. Today features symbolic candle-lighting in observance of Shabbat.

Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner

Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
92Y ~ 1395 Lexington Avenue ~ Upper East Side
$36/adult, $18/child
Gather round for blessings, dancing, glow in the dark games and activities, wine (for the grown-ups), and a delicious catered meal by Chef Russ Moss (kosher and nut/sesame free). Led by Rebecca Schoffer, Director of Jewish Family Engagement and Shababa.

Yolka with a Jewish Twist!

Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
$18
What do Chanukah and New Year have in common? Find out at a family-friendly Yolka celebration with a Jewish twist. See an original, interactive production by the ArtXutor theater troupe, while enjoying a three-course gourmet Kosher meal. Famous children's characters such as Ded Moroz, Snegurochka, Lisa Alisa, and Kot Baziliy…

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, Menorah Maker & Hanukiah Slide and See

Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Learn about Hanukkah and it’s traditions and design your own spinning top “dreidel” while learning the history and rules of the game. Use materials from the Found Objects section of Art, Artists & You to make a Menorah or Hanukiah for Hannukah. Use a creative and fun method of card…

Family Makers Day: A Celebration of Irish Traditional Crafts

Saturday, December 8, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Irish Arts Center ~ 553 West 51 Street ~ Midtown West
$15
Explore a variety of Irish craft work and talent with a special screening of RTÉjr’s hit show Makers, featuring willow-weaver Beth Moran, ceramicist Gráinne Watts, and wood-turner Glenn Lucas. After the screening, make traditional crafts like woven holiday cards and felted ornaments with teaching artists from Textile Arts Center to…

R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC: Chanukah

Saturday, December 8, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
FREE
Stop by the JCC every Saturday afternoon through March 16th for free art workshops, live music, storytelling, food, indoor and outdoor play and other activities for all ages. This week features origami for all ages, an Israeli musical instrument “petting xoo.” structured play & circle games, Chanukah art projects, a…

PAUSE/PLAY: Festival of Lights

Saturday, December 8, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
14th Street Y ~ 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue ~ West Village/East Village
$15/adults, $10 /kids, $45/family ticket (up to 5 people)
Re-imagine the holidays at a Hanukkah party featuring a show for little ones with PJ Play. Enjoy jelly-filled donuts, Bling Your Own Dreidel, family swim, yoga, games, and a Havdallah concert.

Picture This! Gallery Tour, Art Workshop + Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights Concert

Sunday, December 9, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
The Jewish Museum ~ 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street ~ Upper East Side
$25
Create art, share ideas, listen to storybook readings, and enjoy live music as a family. A 10 am gallery program includes interactive activities, viewing of striking works in Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922. and a PJ Library collection book reading. At 10:45 am head to…

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, Menorah Maker & Hanukiah Slide and See

Sunday, December 9, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Learn about Hanukkah and it’s traditions and design your own spinning top “dreidel” while learning the history and rules of the game. Use materials from the Found Objects section of Art, Artists & You to make a Menorah or Hanukiah for Hannukah. Also use a creative and fun method of…

Hanukkah Family Celebration

Sunday, December 9, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York ~ 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street ~ Upper East Side
Get 2 tickets for $15
Explore images from the museum's collections to find elements of Jewish culture and learn about the holiday. Enjoy a traditional snack and create a menorah. All are welcome.

FunikiJam's HOLIDAY BEAT!

Sunday, December 9, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Actor’s Temple Theatre ~ 339 West 47th Street ~ Midtown West
$30, $20 at this link
When Bahjat wants to throw a holiday party that includes everyone, Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam take him on a globe-spanning musical adventure to complete Special Mission: HOLIDAY PARTY and throw the ultimate celebration.P art live concert and part stage show, this Off-Broadway show celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,…

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah Book Event & Mini-Tour

Sunday, December 9, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Bialystoker Synagogue ~ 7–11 Bialystoker Place between Grand & Broome Streets ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
$25 (includes a hard covered book & jelly doughnut)
Celebrate the release of All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah with author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.  A mini tour of the glorious Bialystoker Synagogue, built in 1826 and covered with colorful murals and Tiffany inspired stained glass, will be followed by a book talk, reading and Q&A with the author…

For the Miracles: A Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 9, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
$65, $1/ages 6–16, includes same-day museum admission
Hear two joyous works about two December holidays sung by the angelic voices of the Young People's Chorus of New York City in a family-friendly holiday concert. Each of the eight short movements in Samuel Adler's The Flames of Freedom represents one of the eight lights of Hanukkah. The work…

Lobby Lights: Democracy Sunday

Sunday, December 9, 5:15 pm–5:45 pm
JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
FREE
The final night candle lighting in the JCC Manhattan lobby is a Democracy Sunday candle-lighting, led by The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility.


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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah
The beloved characters from Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family return in a picture book from critically acclaimed author Emily Jenkins and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky. Fans, along with those just meeting the five young Jewish immigrants can join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as they prepare for Hanukkah. A great introduction to classic book series for younger kids,

Meet the Latkes
A hilarious Hanukkah tale, featuring a family of potato pancakes. Grandpa Latke tells a bonkers version of the Hanukkah story, complete with mighty Mega Bees (i.e. Maccabees) who use a giant dreidel to fight against the evil alien potatoes from Planet Chhh until the Latke family dog sets the record straight. Bright comic-like illustrations make this a fun read for kids of all ages and faiths.

Schmuck the Buck: Santa’s Jewish Reindeer
In a contemporary satirical take on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,  Larry,  a young Jewish reindeer  overcomes his awkward  youth to save Christmas. His tale of acceptance and inclusion, told with sixty pages of vibrant illustrations is fun for anyone who loves Christmas, Hanukkah, or both.

The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown
At a gala Hanukkah party on Sesame Street, Grover and the Count welcome visiting Israeli Muppet friends Brosh and Avigail, tell the story of Hanukkah, feast on latkes, and learn that eight is the perfect Hanukkah number. A perfect introduction to the holiday for young kids of all faiths.