Hanukkah Events and Menorah Lightings for Philadelphia Families

Places to celebrate Chanukah, Menorah Lightings and other fun for kids

Philly families can find many ways to celebrate Hanukkah throughout the city and surrounding suburbs as can be seen in our jam-packed events calendar. This year's celebration begins on the evening of Saturday, December 24th, and continues for eight days through January 1st. Throughout the Delaware Valley, families can attend menorah lighting ceremonies, listen to traditional stories, make seasonal crafts, watch puppet shows, and eat delicious latkes as they celebrate the Festival of Lights.

For more seasonal family events, be sure to check our Holiday Fun Guide!

Haunkkah Fun with Puppet Pizzazz- Richboro, PA
December 13, 2016
FELS Lokoff Early Learning Center, Ohev Shalom Early Learning Center, and K'tonton Early Learning Center team up with jkidsphilly to offer this event at Ohev Shalom featuring food, crafts, games, and a special puppet show for families raising Jewish children.

Latkepalooza- Philadelphia, PA
December 18, 2016
Hanukkah crafts, balloon animals, games, and delicious potato pancakes await guests at the Gershman Y.

Celebrating the Light- Philadelphia, PA
December 18, 2016
People of all faiths are invited to the National Museum of Jewish American History. During this special event, people can tour the museum and see the exhibits and artifacts which highlight the festival of lights.

Hooray for Hanukkah- Cherry Hill, NJ
December 18, 2016
Make crafts, sing songs, and watch an interactive performance by Cantor Scott Borsky at Garden State Discovery Museum.

Hanukkah Storytime- Doylestown, PA
December 18, 2016
Listen to a Hanukkah story at The Doylestown Bookshop and give back to the community by donating a book to a local charity.

Hanukkah Fun with Puppets Pizzazz- Broomall, PA
December 18, 2016
Be sure to register in advance for this Hanukkah event featuring a puppet show, crafts, and more at Beth El-Ner Tamid.

Hanukkah Story Time- King of Prussia, PA
December 20 and 22, 2016
Visit Upper Merion Township Library for a special Hanukkah-themed storytime.

Hanukkah fun with Puppets Pizzazz- Blue Bell, PA
December 21, 2016
Families raising Jewish children can enjoy this holiday puppet show at Tiferet Bet Israel.

Hanukkah Celebration- Philadelphia, PA
December 21, 2016
Get ready to celebrate Hanukkah with a pot luck dinner and great music at Congregation Rodeph Shalom Buerger Early Learning Center.

Hanukkah Celebration- Philadelphia, PA
December 23, 2016
Head over to Franklin Square to participate in all the fun it has to offer during its Hanukkah Celebration.

Festival of Lights- Philadelphia, PA
December 23, 2016
Listen to the beautiful sounds of the West Philadelphia Orchestra as they play lively Klezmer music at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Hanukkah Party in China- Bensalem, PA
December 24, 2016
Participate in a Hanukkah mannequin challenge and dine on Chinese cuisine and latkes at Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center. The six-foot menorah is scheduled to be lit at 8 PM.

Hanukkah Celebration- Doylestown, PA
Chabad Doylestown Jewish Center celebrates Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, Chinese food, and movie.

Hanukkah Wonderland and Menorah Lighting- Ardmore, PA
December 25, 2016
As the sun sets, families can enjoy the menorah lighting at Suburban Square. In addition, children can make sand art and decorate donuts!

Being [...] at Christmas- Philadelphia, PA
December 25, 2016
Spend the day at the National Museum of American Jewish History exploring the exhibits. Be sure to see Alex and the Kaleidoscope as they play a live performance.

Hanukkah Celebration- Norristown, PA
December 26, 2016
Guests visiting the Elmwood Park Zoo can watch a live animal show, play games, and make crafts as they celebrate the season.

Menorah Lighting- Lansdale, PA
December 26, 2016
Gather at the Railroad Plaza to watch the menorah being lit.

Menorah Building and Olive Press Workshop- Doylestown, PA
Try to make a menorah and the olive oil to light it at these workshops offered by Chabad Doylestown Jewish Center.

Hanukkah Party and Menorah Lighting- Philadelphia, PA
December 27, 2016
On the fourth day of Hanukkah, visitors can see a performance by Lolly & YoYo, make arts and crafts, and enjoy refreshments. Afterwards, watch the giant menorah lighting at Rittenhouse Square.

Hanukkah Festival- Yardley, PA
December 28, 2016
Make seasonal crafts, listen to music, and watch as the menorah is lit at Shady Brook Farm.

Festival of Light- Philadelphia, PA
December 29, 2016
The Please Touch Museum hosts its annual Hanukkah celebration complete with activities and a performance by the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

Photo courtesy of jkidphilly.



Gershman Y
401 S. Broad Street
19147 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 42.7272" N, 75° 9' 52.9596" W
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
08003 Cherry Hill , NJ 39° 54' 43.0128" N, 74° 58' 1.254" W
New Jersey
Railroad Plaza
201 W. Main Street
19446 Lansdale , PA 40° 14' 34.638" N, 75° 17' 9.6828" W
Suburban Square
6 Coulter Avenue
19003 Ardmore , PA 40° 0' 31.374" N, 75° 17' 24.9324" W
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Boulevard
19401 Norristown , PA 40° 7' 58.0548" N, 75° 20' 18.8484" W
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
19067 Yardley , PA 40° 13' 37.8228" N, 74° 53' 10.9356" W
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 1.0296" N, 75° 8' 54.7692" W
Ohev Shalom in Bucks County
944 Second Street Pike
18954 Richboro , PA 40° 12' 47.1024" N, 75° 0' 41.9796" W
The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main Street
Doylestown , PA 40° 18' 34.11" N, 75° 7' 50.5056" W
Beth El-Ner Tamid
715 Paxon Hollow Road
19008 Broomall , PA 39° 57' 40.8456" N, 75° 21' 35.3232" W
Upper Merion Township Library
175 West Valley Forge Road
19406 King of Prussia , PA 40° 6' 6.948" N, 75° 22' 19.1028" W
Congregation Rodeph Shalom Buerger Early Learning Center
615 & 619 Broad Street
19123 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 51.5304" N, 75° 9' 38.2428" W
Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center
2446 Bristol Road
19020 Bensalem , PA 40° 7' 53.5008" N, 74° 55' 28.9452" W
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 46.218" N, 75° 12' 32.4936" W
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 56.8872" N, 75° 10' 52.1832" W
Tiferet Bet Israel
1920 Skippack Pike
19422 Blue Bell , PA 40° 10' 30.234" N, 75° 18' 19.8432" W
Franklin Square
200 North 6th Street
19102 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 19.8972" N, 75° 9' 0.648" W
Ethical Society
1906 Rittenhouse Square
19103 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 54.8772" N, 75° 10' 22.7964" W
Chabad Doylestown Jewish Center
300 E. Swamp Road
Doylestown , PA 40° 19' 6.762" N, 75° 6' 50.8824" W