When winter hits and Christmas fills every nook and cranny, it’s easy for Hanukkah to fall to the wayside. Don’t fret, celebrating the season doesn’t have to be a lonely in-house candle lighting. Join in one of these enlightening events to pay homage to the Hebrew people and celebrate freedom.
Adat Chaverim, The Congregation of Humanistic Judaism
15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel Air, CA 90077
Price: donations only
Hours: Dec. 15, 5 p.m.
For a fun evening of fellowship, join Adat Chaverim, The Congregation For Humanistic Judaism at its Annual Family Hanukkah and Havdalah Celebration. This organization welcomes families to a delightful evening amongst friends. This event will be led by Cantor Jonathan Friedmann. The guests attending this joyful union can expect a peaceful night filled with candle lighting, music and singing. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish of their choice for the potluck dinner. Feel free to bring your own menorah and candles as well.
The Lights of Hanukkah Family Tour
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Hours: Dec. 15, 1 p.m.
Price: $10 adults/$7 seniors and students/$5 for children 2 years and older/free for members and children 2 years old and younger
The Hanukkah celebration at Skirball is perfect for families that want to observe the holiday with lots of interactive fun. Here, families can take a tour and view several exhibits, including the Visions and Values and the popular Noah’s Ark. Children may also enjoy Hanukkah lights on display. To add to the fun, families can partake in a game of spin the dreidel. Visitors will also be able to speak with Judah Maccabee. The cultural center provides learning exercises that discuss the importance of the menorah, the significance of lighting candles, the great history of the Hebrew culture, and the plight for Jewish believers to gain their freedom.
Original Farmers’ Market
6333 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hours: Dec. 20, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Have some Hanukkah fun outdoors this year. The Original Farmers’ Market in Los Angeles is teaming up with the Jewish Journal and hosting a Hanukkah celebration for the entire family. This event features activities for all ages. Some of the highlights include stations to create driedels, and arts and crafts. For a unique twist on some family favorites, try Hanukkah bingo or participating in building an enormous chanukiyah made out of Legos. Music will be played by DJ Groovy David. To add this annual tradition, groups can light candles for the menorah and participate in singing holiday songs.
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Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Hours: Dec. 22, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Treat the family to winter wonderland fun. Join families from all over Los Angeles for an evening of festive Hanukkah activities. Westfield Century City will celebrate with ice carving in the shape of a menorah. Holiday music will be playing and kids can get their faces painted if they like. Kosher snacks will be available. This is a nice way to celebrate indoors and get some holiday shopping done at the same time.
Federation Family Fun Day
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Price: $10 per family
Hours: Dec. 25, 11 a.m.
This event held at Zimmer Children’s Museum made sure there would be plenty of fun for little ones. Unlike most Hanukkah celebrations, this one will include story time with holiday themes. There will also be a dance party where children can enjoy themselves and get some exercise in too. The entire family is also welcome to play Hanukkah bingo. The fun does not stop here; children are in store for a concert by children’s artist David Tobocman and his band and myriad children’s activities to keep the fun going for hours.
Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.