Hanukkah festivities, crafts, and activities are underway across Long Island. Giant menorahs will be lit, dreidels spun, and latkes devoured.
You'll also find car parades, fire jugglers, ice skating events, and more. Here are some of the most fun Festival of Lights events for local families. Be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide for more events this month, and of course, the daily Event Calendar. Happy Hanukkah!
Hands-on-Hanukkah — Lake Grove
Smith Haven Mall
Catch live music with kindie songstress Darlene Graham, a scavenger hunt, free raffle with prizes, crafts, face painting, and more. FREE
Hands-on-Hanukkah — Melville
Walt Whitman Mall
Decorate Hanukkah cookies, partake in crafts, and face painting, and watch the amazing magician and juggler "Handsome Harry." FREE
Chanukkah Song and Storytime — Port Washington
The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St.
Little ones join the rabbis and cantor of RSNS for holiday songs and stories, as well as hot cider and Linda's latkes. FREE
Children's Hanukkah — Rockville Centre
Central Synagogue of Nassau County, 430 DeMott Ave.
Enjoy crafting, baking and stories and sing-alongs just for kids at this all-ages event. RSVP required.
Community Chanukah Celebration— Oceanside
Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Ct.
A holiday celebration for the entire family that includes a pancake breakfast, storytime and craft with Pete the Cat, menorah lighting, raffle drawing, and more. Register in advance for a discount.
Grand Menorah Lighting and Celebration — Merrick
Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 2174 Hewlett Avenue
Catch the menorah lighting and celebration here each night Hanukkah. FREE
Menorah Lighting — Long Beach
Expect music, dancing, food treats, and the lighting of the menorah at this outdoor community festival with city officials and members of the BACH Temple. Lightings will continue each night of Hanukkah. FREE
Menorah Lighting — Long Beach
Temple Israel, 305 Riverside Blvd.
Enjoy children's crafts, face painting, balloon art, Chanukah treats, a cocktail bar, and a celebrity magic show featuring the EXTREME Magic of Eric, followed by the menorah lighting. Early bird specials are available if you register by December 14.
Chanukah Bowling Event — Commack
Bowlero Lanes, 2183 Jericho Turnpike
Chabad of Mid-Suffolk hosts a night of family bowling to celebrate Hanukkah.
The Chanukah Experience — Merrick
Chabad of Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh, 2174 Hewlett Avenue
Enjoy special children's craft activities like dreidel painting, and entertainment, including fire juggling, and later a menorah car parade led by a fire truck and the lighting of a 12-foot high menorah. Parents can watch or compete in a latke cook-off, dancing and music, and enjoy treats like donuts. Registration requested; FREE but a donation is suggested.
Lighting of the Menorah — Lynbrook
Lynbrook Recreation Center, 55 Wilbur St.
Join the community of Lynbrook as they light the menorah and celebrate Hanukkah. FREE
Community Chanukah Celebration - East Hills
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr.
Celebrate the festival of lights with crafts, playtime, family and adult community service projects, Israeli-style parade, Klezmer aerobics, candle lighting and holiday treats.
Community Chanukah Candlelighting — Rockville Centre
Central Synagogue of Nassau County, 430 DeMott Avenue
The community will join together to celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the candles, music, and Chanukah treats. FREE
Menorah Lighting —Bellmore Village
Veteran's Memorial, Corner of Broadway and Bedford Ave.
Local synagogues in Bellmore invite the community to join in this celebration to light a 10-foot silver menorah. Expect prayer, Hanukkah sing-alongs with kids, chocolate gelt, and giveaways. FREE
Hanukkah Crafting - West Hempstead
Creative Corner, 482 Hempstead Ave.
A night of Hanukkah crafts ranging in price from $5 to $25. Walk in anytime.
Laser Tag/Festival of Lights— Carle Place
Q-Zar, 151 Voice Road
Bring your teen to this Hanukkah event hosted by Sid Jacobson JCC at Q-Zar. Play laser tag and arcade games and enjoy treats of Sufganiyot. Registration required.
A version of this article was first published in 2012, but it is updated annually.
Top image: The Great Menorah Parade. Photo courtesy of Chabad of Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh.