Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica

30+ Hanukkah Celebrations for Kids in LA and Orange County

This post is currently getting its 2020 update.

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

There are plenty of celebrations to fill the eight crazy nights, including the popular event at the Skirball Center, as well as numerous local events and candle lightings to burn the sunset oil all week long. And with a full-fledged Chrismakkuh this year, we're in for eight times the fun all the way up to the new year.

Hanukkah 2019:  December 22 - 30

Places featured in this article:


American Jewish University's Familian Campus Room: Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library

Pretend City Children's Museum

Laguna Main Beach Cobblestones

Beverly Canon Gardens (Montage Hotel Beverly Hills)

Plaza Shops Courtyard at Mercado Del Lago

New Hope Community Church
Free Day at Descanso Gardens
Descanso Gardens - 9:00 AM Pick
Underwood Family Farms' Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark - 9:00 AM
Spooky Zoo (at the Santa Barbara Zoo)
Santa Barbara Zoo - 9:30 AM
Kids Club at the Americana
Americana at Brand - 10:00 AM
Rancho Los Cerritos Storytime
Rancho Los Cerritos - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides