Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights this year will be celebrated December 12 through December 20. The holiday includes many traditions including menorah candle lighting, dreidel spinning and eating oil-based foods such as latkes or potato pancakes and sufganiyot or jelly doughnuts. Check out these events to celebrate Hanukkah in San Fernando Valley, Encino, Sherman Oaks and all around the LA community.
San Fernando Valley
Hanukkah Family Festival: Light for the People
This year’s annual Hanukkah Family Festival at the Skirball honors “the light of creativity and hope.” Families of all backgrounds are invited to get into the spirit of the holiday through music, dance, printmaking, storytelling, and more. There will be live music, dreidel demonstrations, and songs. Visitors can also participate in a printmaking workshop and contribute to a community art installation. Tickets at $7-$12.
Date: Dec. 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Enjoy a festive menorah lighting ceremony in the heart of Hermosa Beach.
Hermosa Beach Pier
1 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Date: December 17, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm
Downtown Santa Monica – Third Street Promenade
Join local synagogues and community groups as members celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights this Hanukkah season. There will be nightly lightings of the menorah starting shortly after sundown!
1351 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Date: December 12, 2017 – December 20, 2017
The Sherman Oaks Galleria will be the setting for the annual menorah lighting in Sherman Oaks this year. Great for the whole family, visitors will enjoy treats, as well as entertainment, crafts and more. Festivities begin at 7:30 pm near the Cheesecake Factory.
Sherman Oaks Galleria
15301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Date: December 16, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9pm.
The Valley Jewish Community Center invites Angelenos to the 4th Annual Hanukkah Party at Northridge’s Skateland! Bring family and friends to enjoy a day of fun.
18140 Parthenia Street
Los Angeles, CA 91325
Date: December 17, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Join Temple Beth David in the San Gabriel Valley for their traditional celebration lunch filled with live music and more!
Temple Beth David of the San Gabriel Valley
9677 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA
Date: December 17, 2017 at 12:30pm
Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration at Sherman Oaks Galleria
Join the Chabad of Sherman Oaks in celebrating the first night of Hanukkah with fabulous (and free!) Hanukkah activities and treats. The Menorah Lighting will take place in Fountain Plaza in front of The Cheesecake Factory.
Date: Dec. 24 from 6–8 p.m.
15301 Ventura Blvd.
Hanukkah at Universal Citywalk
Is this a concert or a holiday festival? It’s a little of both! Join Chabad of the Valley as they celebrate their annual Hanukkah concert at CityWalk—one of the biggest Hanukkah celebrations in Southern California—featuring a 1,000-pound menorah. Rock out to the music of Jewish rock bands Pardes Rock and 8th Day. While you’re there, pick up a few last-minute Hanukkah gifts from the fab CityWalk shops.
Date: Dec. 24 from 8-10 p.m.
Hanukkah at the Zimmer Museum
Celebrate Hanukkah at this Miracle Mile children’s museum, where kids can enjoy special light & shadow themed exploration and activities for the holiday, including glow-in-dark paper dreidels and a special guest performance by Klezmer Juice. The museum closes at 4:30 p.m., so be sure to get there before the event so your kids can explore the two floors of hands-on exhibits and play space.
Date: Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.
6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Hanukkah Celebration at The Original Farmer’s Market
Celebrate Hanukkah with live music, crafts and a special (LEGO!) menorah lighting ceremony at the Grove.
Date: Dec. 27 from 2:30–5:30 p.m.
6333 W. 3rd St.
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