Hanukkah Fun and Celebrations for Kids in Westchester and Putnam

Followers of the Jewish calendar know that our holidays seem to float from year to year. This winter, in an unusual and somewhat convenient twist of fate, the Jewish Festival of Lights runs December 24, 2016, to January 1, 2017, dovetailing with both Christmas and New Year's Day. No matter how you spell it—Chanukah, Chanuka, Hanukka, Hanukkah—this month spells fun with holiday celebrations throughout Westchester.

We’ve collected some of the most family-friendly activities occurring in Westchester and Putnam counties. For more fun outings this month, be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide and Event Calendar, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook

Hanukkah Storytime - White Plains
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Barnes & Noble invites children to hear the holiday tales I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel and How Do Dinosaurs Celebrate Chanukah?

Grand Hanukkah Celebration - Yonkers
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Light the menorah and enjoy a hot Chinese buffet and more. 

Hanukkah on Ice - Rye
Sunday, December 25, 2016
How often do you get to ice skate with Judah the Macabee and lifesize dreidels? Head over to the Playland Ice Casino for this unusual holiday event with hot latkes and cocoa, donuts, crafts and of course, a menorah lighting at dusk.

Chopsticks Hanukkah Party - Dobbs Ferry
December 25, 2016
​Chabad of the Rivertowns invites families to take part in the Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas. Activities include the lighting of a "fortune cookie menorah," a performance by a master Chinese acrobat, latkes, donuts, and crafts.

Fairway Menorah Lighting - Pelham
Monday, December 26, 2016
Stop by for latkes, donuts and a community menorah lighting ceremony by Chabad of Pelham.

Menorah Lighting Celebration - Yonkers
Thursday, December 27, 2016
Celebrate Hanukkah at Stew Leonard's! Participants will enjoy latkes and apple sauce, jelly donuts, hot cocoa and juice.

Community Menorah Lighting - Mamaroneck
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
​Chabad of Larchmont and Mamaroneck hosts this community event with donuts, latkes, chocolate gelt, music, crafts, prizes, a juggler and more. 

Glow in the Dark Hanukkah – Pelham
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with glow-in-the-dark dreidels, neon donut decorating, latkes, chocolate gelt, holiday light show, magic and juggling plus the lighting of a giant menorah. FREE

Menorah Lightings
All of these events, which are put on the by the Chabad of the Rivertowns, will feature music, latkes and doughnuts. Click through to see locations. FREE

Irvington
Monday, December 26, 2016

Ardsley
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dobbs Ferry
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hastings-on-Hudson
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Putnam County

Community Menorah Lightings

Chabad of Putnam County hosts the following community Menorah Lightings. Each event includes hot cider and cocoa, latkes, donuts, dreidels, chocolate gelt, holiday songs and local dignitaries. Click through to see locations. FREE

Carmel
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Brewster
Monday, December 26, 2016 

Carmel
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 

Cold Spring
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 

This post was originally written in 2014 and has been updated for 2016. 

Image credit: Dominic Alvez

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