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Where to Celebrate Hanukkah in the New York Area

Where to Celebrate Hanukkah in the New York Area

Celebrate Hanukkah with your family at these events in the New York metro area.

There are many kid-friendly Hanukkah celebrations for you family where kids can learn about the holiday and Jewish culture. Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights that remembers the miracle of lamp oil lasting for eight days, is celebrated this year from Dec. 22-30. And there are so many ways to celebrate, from menorah lightings to musical performances and yummy foods. Experience Hanukkah in the New York metro area, including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, and Long Island.

Hanukkah Celebrations in Manhattan

Vacation Week: Luminous Painted Scenes
WHEN: Dec. 22-30, daily, 1-4pm *No session Dec. 28
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: 2-12
WHAT: Explore the striking paintings of Jacob Lawrence, Stuart Davis, Georgia O'Keeffe, and more on view in the exhibition, Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art. Drop into our art studio and paint your own luminous scene on canvas board inspired by these works of art and in celebration of the glowing light of the Hanukkah holiday. *Please note: this event occurs every day from Dec. 22nd - Dec 30th, excluding Saturday, Dec. 28th.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($18; free for children younger than 19). 212-423-3200.

Family Concert
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2-3pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of Nefesh Mountain, led by singer Doni Zasloff and her multi-instrumentalist husband Eric Lindberg.
WANT TO GO? $18; free for children younger than 19. 212-423-3200.

Picture This! Nefesh Mountain
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 10am-12:30pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: 2-12
WHAT: Each Picture This! begins with a 10 am gallery program that includes interactive activities, viewing works of art, and a book reading. Afterwards, head to the studio to create original artworks and enjoy a snack. The program wraps up with an 11:30 am concert. Enjoy the toe-tappin' sounds of Nefesh Mountain.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($18; free for children younger than 19). 212-423-3200.

Hanukkah Family Celebration
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 27, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York, 
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join us on the last day of Hanukkah! Learn about the traditions of Hanukkah as you make stained glass menorahs, enjoy traditional treats, and play dreidel with your friends. 
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($20 adults; free for anyone younger than 20). 212-534-1672.

FREE PaleyLand
WHEN: Dec. 7-Jan. 5, Wednedays-Sundays, 12-6pm
WHERE: The Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52 St., Midtown
WHAT: The Paley Center for Media is pleased to welcome back its classic holiday tradition PaleyLand, starting December 7, 2019. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to create magical holiday memories while engaging in a special Instagram moment in a whimsical candy cane forest, playing holiday-themed video games and VR, enjoying craft activities and games, warming up with hot cocoa, viewing beloved holiday TV classics - including the most cherished Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa specials on the big screen - and visiting with Santa! Admission is free for all, and no appointment is necessary.
WANT TO GO? 212-621-6697.

Hanukkah Celebrations in Brooklyn

FREE Menorah Lighting
WHEN: Dec. 22-29, 12/22 4pm; 12/23-12/26 6pm; 12/27 3:30pm; 12/28 7pm; 12/29 5:30pm
WHERE: Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
WHAT: Chabad of Park Slope will light "the largest menorah in Brooklyn" in Grand Army Plaza on the first night of Chanukah, December 22. The festivities will include a live concert on the first night. Come back each night of Chanukah to light the menorah and enjoy live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-9836.

Chanukah Family Fun Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 22, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights
WHAT: Join the Jewish Children’s Museum for the ultimate Chanukah family experience. Get into the holiday spirit by creating various art projects, designing your own dreidel-shaped pillow, and decorating a mouth-watering holiday donut. Discover the art of olive oil making in a fascinating and interactive workshop. Laugh and play with family and friends in a fun-filled play space. Step into a world of wonder as you explore the museum’s unique exhibits and participate in a sounds-and-lights-filled entertaining game show.
WANT TO GO? $1 plus admission: $13; $10 seniors 65 and older with ID. 718-467-0600.

Hanukkah Celebrations in Queens

Oratorio Society of Queens Holiday Concert
WHEN: Dec. 22, 4pm
WHERE: St. Kevin R.C. Church, 42-21 194th St.,
WHAT: The first half of the program spotlights excerpts of Handel's "Messiah". The second half of the program features Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs inviting all to experience the magic of the season.
WANT TO GO? $40; $35 seniors (62+) and students w/ID; $10 children younger than 13. 718-279-3006.

Hanukkah Celebrations in Westchester County

FREE Chanukah City
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 22, 1-4pm
WHERE: Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers
WHAT: The annual Chanukah Village event is moving to Ridge Hill! Kick-off the holiday with one of Westchester’s biggest holiday tradition as Ridge Hill is transformed into a magical Chanukah Town complete with rides, music and entertainment, crafts, seasonal refreshments, and even a “gelt drop.” Enjoy the world’s first Virtual Reality Chanukah experience, have fun with the Inventor Mentor, watch a show by Mario the Magician, and build a clay Chanukah Town sculpture with the ClayCenter! And there’s more! A holiday train ride with Judah Macabee, balloon sculpting, 3D printing and robotics, Kosher food truck, glitter tattoos, latkes, just to name a few!! Come celebrate, have fun and enjoy the Menorah lighting at the end of the day.
WANT TO GO? 914-693-6100.

FREE Hanukkah Festival of Lights Celebration
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 23, 5pm
WHERE: The Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains
WHAT: Families will be treated to songs, arts and crafts, giveaways, and sweets! Cantor Chanin Becker will be leading with songs and Rabbi Jeffrey Brown and Rabbi Ilyse Glickman, from Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, will lead the prayer to light the Menorah. 
WANT TO GO? 914-683-8600.

The Magic Dreidels
WHEN: Dec. 26-30, Thursday, 2pm and Monday, 11am
WHERE: White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd Floor, White Plains
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: Created for children and performed by adults, this show is fun for the whole family! When young Jakob meets a goblin who offers him dreidels that work miracles, the town busybody becomes jealous and Jakob's father lays down the law. Luckily, the holiday works its own magic as the boy and others learn the true meaning of Hanukkah.
WANT TO GO? $17-22. 914-328-1600.

Hanukkah Celebrations in Rockland County

FREE Menorah Parade
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 22, begins at 3:30pm
WHERE: 3:30pm Glen Rock (Kilroy’s Supermarket, 288 Rock Road); 4:30pm Wyckoff; 5:30pm Franklin Lakes; 6:30pm Mahwah, NJ
WHAT: Chabad of North West Bergen County is kicking off the 8 nights of Hanukkah with a Car Menorah Parade that will be stopping to light menorahs in Glen Rock, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes and Mahwah. There will also be hot food, Chanukah giveaways and a ‘gelt drop’ from a ladder fire truck in Franklin Lakes. See the website for a full schedule of events.
WANT TO GO? 201-848-0449.

Hanukkah Celebrations in Nassau County

Hanukkah Paint Event
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Key to My Art East Rockaway, 131 Main St., East Rockaway
WHAT: Join Key to My Art for a Hanukkah project! Your child will learn how to make the art himself. Dress for mess!
WANT TO GO? $20. 516-218-2920.

FREE Menorah Lighting
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 23, 6pm
WHERE: Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores, Bellmore Village, southeast corner Bedford Avenue and Broadway, Bellmore
WHAT: Religious leaders from the local Synagogues will lead everyone in prayer as the beautiful 10 foot, silver Chanukah Menorah is lit. This year's celebration will include the singing of traditional Chanukah songs, led by students of the Hebrew and nursery schools. There will be gelt and wonderful Chanukah giveaways compliments of the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores.
WANT TO GO? 516-679-1875.

FREE Menorah Lighting
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 23, 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Broadway Commons, 358 N. Broadway Mall, Hicksville
WHAT: Please join Broadway Commons in lighting the Chanukah menorah in Center Court. The evening will feature a giant Menorah, lighting ceremony, music and light refreshments. The evening's activities are complimentary and open to the public.
WANT TO GO? 516-822-6336.

Winter Wonderland Pajama Party
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 9:30am-12pm
WHERE: Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive, East Hills
WHAT: Enjoy breakfast, playtime, crafts, PJ Library storytime, community service projects, and a performance of Bubbe’s House for Chanukah by Mainstages! Bring a new or gently used children’s book to be donated to The Book Fairies.
WANT TO GO? $20 per family; free for members. 516-484-1545.

Hanukkah Party
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2-4:30pm
WHERE: Wood Kingdom West, 120 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale
AGES: 4 and younger
WHAT: Join Wood Kingdom West for their annual Hanukkah Party! The Melville Chabad will be joining them for playtime, find the treasure chest of gelt, donuts & Menorah Lighting. Complimentary coffee & tea for adults.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-845-3805.

Hanukkah Events in Suffolk County

Chanukah Wonderland
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 22, 10am-12pm
WHERE: The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills
WHAT: Celebrate Chanukah at The Chai Center with arts & crafts, games and activities such as decorating donuts, sand art, finding Judah the Maccabee, and making special Chanukah candles. Call to RSVP.
WANT TO GO? $10. 631-351-8672.

Hanukkah Paint Event
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 22, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Key to My Art Amityville, 10 W. Oak St., Amityville
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Join Key to My Art for a Hanukkah project! Your child will learn how to make the art himself. Dress for mess!
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-608-9048.

FREE Grand Menorah Lighting
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5:30pm
WHERE: The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills
WHAT: Celebrate Chanukah with The Chai Center at their Annual Outdoor Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony with latkes, donuts, and music.
WANT TO GO? 631-351-8672.

Chinese Dinner & Family Show
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 6:30pm
WHERE: The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills
WHAT: Celebrate Chanukah with The Chai Center and enjoy a delicious Chinese dinner and a show with the family. Call to RSVP.
WANT TO GO? $25; $15 children. 631-351-8672.

Family Bowling Night
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Bowlero Bowling, 2183 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
WHAT: Celebrate Chanukah with The Chai Center: Bowling, latkes, donuts and the ceremonial lighting of the bowling pin Menorah. Admision includes 90 minutes of bowling, shoes and a $7 game card. RSVP by phone.
WANT TO GO? $12. 631-351-8672.

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