18 Hanukkah Celebrations for Kids in LA and Orange County

Fun Family Events to Celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Chanukah (and Thanksgivukkah!)

However you spell it—Hanukkah, Hanukka, Hannukah, Chanukah, or Channuka—SoCal is a great place to be for the Festival of Lights. Home to a Jewish population larger than that of Jerusalem, Los Angeles is all about "lighting candles, wearing sandals, by the sea" (at least, that's why Tom Leher spent Hanukkah in Santa Monica). Giant menorahs light up open spaces from The OC to the Valley. Two of the season's biggest events are at the Skirball Center and the Shalom Institute, but these major festivals are just the tip of the dreidel; local events and candle lightings burn the sunset oil all week long...

Hanuukkah Concert and Celebration
December 8, 2017
Malibu Jewish Center's 17th annual Hanukkah concert celebrates the Festival of Light with music.

SIJCC Festival of Lights
December 9, 2017
This winter block party in Silver Lake has plenty of stage entertainment, carnival games, food trucks, face painting, play zones, and everything else that makes for a good afternoon's entertainment.

Hanukkah Winter Wonderland
December 10, 2017
Chabad of Pacific Palisades gets us in a Festival of Lights mood with snow play, ​rides, Hanukkah crafts, bounce houses, hot food, and more.

Hanukkah at the Zimmer
December 10, 2017
The Zimmer Museum celebrates Hanukkah with festivities of light and gratitude, and free museum admission all day.

Skirball Hanukkah Family Festival
December 10, 2017
The Skirball Center celebrates Hanukkah with stories, music, crafts, and the museum's annual family Hanukkah tour.

Promenade Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
December 12-19, 2017
Each night at sunset, for the whole week of Hanukkah, the giant Menorah on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is lit with song and free celebration.

Hanukkah Aboard the Battleship
December 12, 2017
The menorah lighting on the Battleship Iowa includes a special armed forces tribute, latkes, hot chocolate, dreidels, and chocolate gelt.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
December 12, 2017
Fashion Island in Newport Beach invites the community in for free candle lighting, songs, and treats.

Hooray for Chanukah
​December 12-20, 2017
Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine offers a different activity every day of the festival as part of normal museum admission.

Calabasas Hanukkah Celebration
December 13, 2017
The Calabasas Shul does the holiday big, hosting its annual Menorah Lighting & Hanukkah Celebration at the Commons at Calabasas with fireworks, a live concert, donuts, and latkes.

Manhattan Beach Menorah Lighting Ceremony
December 13, 2017
The Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Manhattan Village Mall features music, dancing and singing, hot latkes and donuts, dreidels and gifts, arts and crafts, and a special Hanukkah presentation.

Mar Vista Hanukkah Celebration
December 14, 2017
Do Westsiders sing Hanukkah songs better with donuts in their mouths? Only one way to find out.

Sherman Oaks Menorah Lighting
December 16, 2017
The Galleria lights the menorah to like totally celebrate the Festival of Light. To the max.

Hanukkah Family Fun Day
December 17, 2017
The Shalom Institute throws one of its rustic family festivals in the hills above Malibu to greet the Hanukkah season. Animal encounters, zip line and rock climbing, nature walks, and open air concerts are some of the highlights.

Valley Jewish Center Hanukkah Skate Party
December 17, 2017
Valley families take to roller skates, celebrating the holiday at Skateland with latkes, songs, and wheels for everyone.

Hanukkah Festival at the Harbor
December 17, 2017
Entertainment, Judaica, and a Grand Menorah—it's all there at Ventura Harbor's free celebration.

Hanukkah Fun at the Farmers Market
December 17, 2017
LA's Original Farmers Market focuses its free holiday celebrations on Hanukkah and a giant LEGO menorah.

Hanukkah on Universal CityWalk
December 17, 2017
Chabad of the Valley celebrates the 6th night with a free concert featuring Yoni Z, Yehuda Glanz, and Kol Esperanza.

Giant Challah Menorah
December 17, 2017
South Bay families are all a-glow as they sing and drink cocoa around a cupcake menorah at Del Amo Fashion Square, in celebration of the Festival of Light.

Hermosa Beach Pier Hanukkah Celebration
December 17, 2017
Another big celebration in the South Bay takes place on the Hermosa Pier, with gifts for kids, face painting, crafts, latkes & donuts, and a performance by pop singer Yehuda Glantz.

Hanukkah Bowl at Palos Verdes Bowl
December 18, 2017
More than just a menorah lighting, this Hanukkah celebration includes bowling along with the hot latkes and donuts.

And, of course, keep checking our daily events calendar, where we're adding more Hanukkah events all the time!

Originally published December 16, 2011