Hanukkah Fun and Menorah Lightings for Long Island Families

Hanukkah Celebrations for Kids and Menorah Lightings on Long Island

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
December 18
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
December 18
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.
December 21
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.
December 18
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.
December 18
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
December 24
Catch the menorah lighting and celebration here each night Hanukkah. FREE

Menorah Lighting  Long Beach 
Kennedy Plaza
December 24-31
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.
December 24
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
December 25
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
December 25
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.
December 26
Join the community of Lynbrook as they light the menorah and celebrate Hanukkah. FREE

Community Chanukah CelebrationEast 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
December 27
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.
December 28
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
December 29
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. 

Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC
15 Neil Court
11572 Oceanside , NY
Phone: (516) 766-4341
40° 37' 18.0516" N, 73° 38' 5.9388" W
New York
Merrick Golf Course
2550 Clubhouse Road
11710 Merrick , NY
Phone: (516) 833-3057
40° 39' 2.808" N, 73° 33' 31.9392" W
New York
Kennedy Plaza
1 West Chester Street
11561 Long Beach , NY
Phone: (516) 897-2473
40° 35' 21.8904" N, 73° 39' 57.3984" W
New York
Chabad of Mid-Suffolk
318 Veterans Highway
11725 Commack , NY
Phone: (631) 543-3343
40° 50' 0.4416" N, 73° 15' 51.1848" W
New York
Long Beach Ice Arena
150 West Bay Drive
11561 Longbeach , NY
Phone: (516) 897-2473
40° 35' 35.5128" N, 73° 40' 11.1576" W
New York
Home Depot
5025 Jericho Tpke. Build a Menorah Workshop
Commack , NY 40° 50' 33.2988" N, 73° 18' 42.1884" W
New York
Central Synagogue of Nassau County
430 DeMott Ave.
Rockville Centre , NY 40° 40' 16.4136" N, 73° 37' 23.9916" W
New York
Menorah Lighting
Broadway and Bedford Avenue
11710 Bellmore , NY 40° 40' 9.8688" N, 73° 31' 38.8956" W
New York
Winter Concert & Chanukah Party
340 Wheatley Road The Barn” at Camp Jacobson
Old Westbury , NY 40° 48' 23.3748" N, 73° 35' 9.0492" W
New York
Merrick Jewish Centre
225 Fox Boulevard
11566 Merrick , NY 40° 39' 33.228" N, 73° 32' 27.0348" W
New York
The Dolphin Bookshop
299 Main St.
Port Washington , NY 40° 49' 57.5472" N, 73° 41' 57.3324" W
New York
Smith Haven Mall
2 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove , NY 40° 51' 54.882" N, 73° 7' 39.8712" W
New York
Bowlmor Lanes
2183 Jericho Turnpike
11725 Commack , NY
Phone: 631-499-7722
40° 50' 35.6532" N, 73° 17' 10.5036" W
New York
151 Voice Road
11514 Carle Place , NY
Phone: 516-877-7200
40° 44' 50.6976" N, 73° 37' 13.6776" W
New York
Lynbrook Recreation Center
55 Wilbur Street
Lynbrook , NY
Phone: 516-599-8000
40° 39' 37.1484" N, 73° 41' 12.372" W
New York
Temple Israel
305 Riverside Boulevard
11561 Long Beach , NY
Phone: 516-897-2473
40° 35' 17.3076" N, 73° 39' 42.4044" W
New York
Creative Corner
482 Hempstead Ave.
West Hempstead , NY 40° 41' 47.3064" N, 73° 39' 13.8564" W
New York
Sid Jacobson JCC
300 Forest Dr.
East Hills , NY 33° 53' 38.13" N, 84° 22' 39.3168" W
New York