Where to Celebrate Hanukkah in NYC

Where to Celebrate Hanukkah in NYC

Celebrate Hanukkah with your family at these events in New York City.

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights that remembers the miracle of lamp oil lasting for eight days, is celebrated this year from December 2-10. Here's our list of the best events to celebrate Hanukkah, or learn about Jewish culture, from menorah lightings to musical performances and yummy foods. Experience Hanukkah in New York City regardless of your borough, be it ManhattanBrooklyn, and Queens. Also check out our roundups for Long Island and Westchester and Rockland counties.

 

Hanukkah Celebrations in Manhattan

Hanukkah Family Day
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 , 11am–4pm 
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects, dance to the pop-rock tunes of Josh & The Jamtones, and sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe on a gallery tour. Watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance by Jeff Hopkins and collaborate on a giant work of art. 
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $18; $8 students; free for children 18 and younger. 212-423-3200. thejewishmuseum.org

FREE Chanukah Celebration
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 4 , 3:15-4pm
WHERE: Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Together with the community, explore the festival of lights through songs, art, and sensory play.
WANT TO GO? 646-505-5708. jccmanhattan.org.

 LIGHT IT UP! A Chanukah Family Concert Featuring The Pop Ups
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 , 10:30am
WHERE: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side 
AGES: 3 and older 
WHAT: A raucous Chanukah concert with the Pop Ups, whose live rock and roll puppet show breaks the mold for children’s music, earning two Grammy nominations and legions of young fans. 92Y Shabbaba's Rebecca Schoffer also leads a candle-lighting with classic Maccabee melodies and more. 
WANT TO GO? $24; free for children younger than 1. 212-415-5500. 92y.org.

Hanukkah Family Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 9 , 11am-3pm
WHERE: Museum of The City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Explore images from the collections to find elements of Jewish culture and learn about the holiday. Enjoy a traditional snack as you create a menorah. 
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 seniors and students; free for children 19 and younger. 212-534-1672. mcny.org.

MusicTalks - Hanukkah Concert for Families
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 9 , 11am
WHERE: Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., Flatiron
AGES: All
WHAT: Kids can create Hanukkah gelt pouches and explore the Hey, Wow! art exhibition on a special holiday-themed gallery hunt. Then enjoy Hanukkah music from around the world with Elad Kabilio and the musicians from MusicTalks. Hear Maoz Tzur in a whole new way, along with Hanukkah songs from Israel, Yemen, Spain, and Ukraine. Sing along with all the familiar favorites, too. After the concert, kids meet the musicians and try out their instruments in Elad’s musical petting zoo. This multi-sensory program is suitable for children ages 4 and older, with their adult family and friends, including those who are blind or who have low vision.
WANT TO GO? $10-$15, free for children younger than 5. 212-294-8301. cjh.org.

For the Miracles: A Holiday Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 9 , 3pm
WHERE: Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum, 1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Young People's Chorus of New York City led by YPC Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Nunez celebrate the holidays with a program of two joyous works: The Flames of Freedom in eight movements, each representing the eight lights of Hanukkah, and Benjamin Britten's traditional Christmas favorite "A Ceremony of Carols" for chorus and harp.
WANT TO GO? $65; $1 children accompanied by an adult. 212-535-7710. metmuseum.org.

Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 9 , 11:30am
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT: Kindie rockers Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights celebrate the last day of Hanukkah with playful twists on holiday favorites as well as original tunes for the day and songs from her albums Brooklyn Baby, Good Egg, and Meshugana. Their unique style draws from pop rock, country music, and gospel.
WANT TO GO? $14-$18. 212-423-3200. thejewishmuseum.org.

FunikiJam's Holiday Beat
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 30 , see website for showtimes
WHERE: Actor's Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St., Midtown
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, 9-12, Adult
WHAT: 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. Part live concert and part stage show, FunikiJam’s HOLIDAY BEAT is New York City’s only off-Broadway show this season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Shichigosan - for kids.
WANT TO GO? $30. 212-947-3499. funikijam.com.

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Hanukkah Celebrations in Brooklyn

 

Hanukkah Lights Up The World
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2 , 3pm
WHERE: On Stage At Kingsborough, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Daniella Rabbani, Inbar Goldmann, and 12th Night Klezmer will revel in international songs and stories inspired by the Festival of Lights.
WANT TO GO? $34-$39. 718-368-5596. onstageatkingsborough.org.

FREE 'The Largest Menorah in Brooklyn' Lighting and Chanukah Celebration
WHEN: Dec. 2 -9, 4:30pm
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza , Flatbush Avenue, Eastern Parkway, and Prospect Park West, Prospect Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: The festivities will include a live concert on the first night, plus more music, fresh latkes, and gifts for children on every subsequent night of Hanukkah.
WANT TO GO? 646-298-9909. chabadparkslope.com.

Family Festival
WHEN: Dec. 3 -10, 12-4pm
WHERE: Jewish Children's Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Create your own one-of-a-kind Hanukkah treat at the doughnut bar, roll, shape, and decorate a dreidel made out of actual clay, and make a painted "stained glass" masterpiece.
WANT TO GO? $1. 718-467-0600. jcm.museum.

ShopRite Kidz Cook: Winter Holidays

WHEN: Dec. 7 -28, Fridays, 3 and 4pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Make delicious cookies to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Omisoka, the Japanese new year.
WANT TO GO? $8. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

Home for the Holidays
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14 , 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix St., Fort Greene
AGES: All
WHAT: The show will feature holiday songs of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, and scenes from popular musicals such as Ragtime, Into the Woods, and The Wiz.
WANT TO GO? $12; $15 at door . 718-638-5660. brooklynmusicschool.org.

 

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Hanukkah Celebrations in Queens

FREE Voices of New York Holiday Choral Concert
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8 , 2:30pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: This 25 member community chorus based in Manhattan presents their annual concert of sacred and secular Christmas and Hanukkah music.
WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Movie Magic
WHEN: Dec. 1 -26, Saturday, Mondays, and select Thursdays, 1pm
WHERE: Rochdale Village Library, 169-09 137th Ave., Jamaica 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Families are welcome to see a childhood classic or a new favorite! 12/1: A Rugrats Hannukah, 12/8: Home Alone, 12/10: A Charlie Brown Christmas, 12/17: A Muppet Christmas Carol, 12/22: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 12/26: The Proud Family - Seven Days of Kwanzaa. 
WANT TO GO? 718-723-4440. queenslibrary.org.

 

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