Kid-Friendly Hanukkah Events Around Philly
Latkes, anyone? Here are menorah lightings around town, and much more!
Hanukkah begins December 22 this year, and there are events in Philly to help you and your family celebrate the Festival of Lights all holiday long. So, brush up on your dreidel-spinning skills, because here’s our list of the best Hanukkah events in town!
December 15, 10 am-noon
418 Spruce St.
Play dreidel, enjoy facepainting and crafts, take a photo with Mr. Latke, eat treats, and more!
December 15, 11 am—noon
1241 N. Front St.
Join the celebration, sing some favorite holiday songs, and eat special treats with Rabbi Eli Freedman from Congregation Rodeph Shalom. The sing-along is free; regular rates apply to the playspace.
Car Menorah Parade on the Parkway (and Celebration at Independence Mall)
December 21, 7 pm (Parade of Lights around 5:30 pm)
Parade beginning at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Celebration at Fifth and Arch streets
Yet another thing that makes living in Philly an adventure: a parade of cars topped with giant menorahs throughout the city! Jewish organizations from all corners of the Philadelphia metro area outfit their cars with menorahs and converge to fill the Parkway with light and music. Even if you aren’t part of the festive motorcade, you can watch it pass by, and join in the revelry. The parade goes all the way to Independence Mall, with celebration and a giant menorah.
December 22, 10:45 am-12:30 pm
KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave.
Celebrate Chanukah and enjoy a fun magic show by Chad Juros. Children will also enjoy lighting the menorah, singing songs and dancing, and cookies and gifts! $5 per person.
December 22, noon—4 pm
V Marks the Shop, 1515 McKean St.
Celebrate with sugar cookie decorating, dreidel games with prizes, storytelling, arts and crafts, and latkes for sale.
December 22, 1-3 pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East
Enjoy a custom-designed self-guided sensory-friendly experience. Experience a modified, sensory-friendly version of the museum’s core exhibits and the special exhibition, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” featuring lowered sounds, a quiet area to use as a cool-down space, sensory-friendly backpacks, and more. Three therapy dogs and an ASL interpreter will also be on site as well.
December 22, 4:30 pm
239 Arch St.
Join the Betsy Ross House and Old City Jewish Arts Center for the community menorah lighting celebrating the first night of Hanukkah. Enjoy beverages and traditional foods like latkes and donuts in the courtyard.
December 22, 5 pm
The Singing Fountain, East Passyunk Ave.
Join neighbors and the South Philadelphia Shtiebel for family-friendly crafts, sing-alongs, and more. At 6 pm, stay for the menorah lighting.
December 23, 5:15–6 pm
The giant menorah in Rittenhouse Square will be lit in the square, along with holiday treats and raffle prizes. Please consider bringing new or gently used winter coats in adult sizes, which will be donated to Broad Street Ministry, organized by Repair the World: Philadelphia.
December 24, 5:30 pm
Pine Street, between 23rd and 24th streets
Gather around the Fitler Square fountain for menorah lighting and blessings led by a rabbi.
December 26, 5 pm
Headhouse Square, Second and Lombard streets
For the fifth year, the SSHD will partner with Congregation B’nai Abraham to offer an evening celebration of the Festival of Lights at the Headhouse Shambles. Enjoy song, prayer, and the ceremony of the traditional lighting of the menorah at the Lombard Street Fountain (or under the Headhouse Shambles in case of inclement weather).
December 27, 5:30 — 7:30 pm
200 N. Sixth St.
Enjoy dreidel games, latkes, and free holiday crafts as part of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. That night will also host a Kwanzaa celebration, and of course, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show will be dazzling the crowd every half hour to add to the festivities, as well!
Photographs by Laura Swartz.