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Shine Bright with Virtual Hanukkah Celebrations in 2020

From cooking to crafts, celebrate the festival of lights with these family-friendly online activities.

Hanukkah begins December 10, and while we may not be able to celebrate together, there are lots of ways to get festive online.

Hanukkah All-Ages Story Time and Craft with Belmont Hills Library

December 5, 11 am


This family-friendly program will premiere on the library’s Facebook page at 11 am, but if you register online you can receive a take-home project kit (pickup at library)

Storytime with Hanukkah Harriet

December 5, 1 pm


Harriet will share some fun stories, play games, and sing songs over Zoom. Tickets available online.

Menorah Making

December 6, 11:30 am—1:30 pm


Create your very own DIY Hanukkah decorations over Zoom. Tickets available online.

Hanukkah in Space

December 6, 3—4 pm


How do you spin a dreidel in zero gravity? Can you light a menorah on the International Space Station? In this live-stream family event, the Jewish Museum of Maryland will share Hanukkah traditions, and discover how astronauts celebrate in space. This program is best suited for ages 5-7, though it will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Pre-register online.

Edible Menorahs with Chef Hat Art Kits for Hanukkah

December 6, 4:30—5 pm


Join jkidphilly on Zoom to decorate chef hats with special Hanukkah stamps and stickers, listen to a Hanukkah story, and make and enjoy an Edible Menorah! You can register for the Zoom only, or the Zoom with a Chef Hat Art Kit to be picked up in Washington Square. If you don’t opt for the chef hat, you can still enjoy the story and make the edible menorah with snacks you have on hand! Pre-register online (by December 4 for the kit).

Ooh La Latkes: Hanukkah Toppings from Around the World

December 7, 7:30 pm


Bring an international flair to your Hanukkah celebration as caterer Michele Weiner-Merbaum demonstrates how to make healthy, easy, kid-friendly latke toppings from around the world. Pre-register online.



Family Baking Class: Oven-Baked Jelly Donut Holes

December 9, 4 pm and December 13, 11 am


Bake some sweet sufganiyot as a family! Tickets available online.

Old City Menorah Lighting

December 10, 4:30 pm


Old City’s festivities move online this year with the Menorah Lighting at the Betsy Ross House. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be closed to the public and will be streamed live via Old City District’s Facebook page

Hanukkah Cook Along

December 10, 6 pm


In this special seminar with Jon Hartig of J2 Food, he’ll walk you through making spanikopita-inspired latkes and pumpkin sufganiyot. Free; pre-register online for the ingredients list and Zoom link.

Family Cooking Class: Oven-Fried Potato Latkes

December 11, 4—5 pm


In this class, kids will work step-by-step with a chef instructor to create delicious latkes from scratch via Zoom. Best for ages 5 and up. Tickets available online.

Tot Shabbat

December 12, 10 am


Join Rodeph Shalom for Hanukkah joy at a special Zoom Tot Shabbat featuring Musical Artist-in-Residence Isaac Zones. Tot Shabbat is a time for babies, tots, preschoolers, and their families to gather virtually for singing and storytelling.

Music Monkey Jungle’s Kinderlack Rock Chanukah Dance Party

December 13, 2 pm


Join the party to sing and dance along with Music Monkey Jungle’s original holiday music!

Virtual Dreidel Disco and Drag Queen Story Hour

December 13, 5 pm


Celebrate the festival of lights at home with a live DJ and Drag Queen Story Hour. Tickets available online.

A Magical Hanukkah Celebration

December 15, 5:30—6:15 pm


Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and jkidphilly for some safe, festive, holiday fun online. Light the candles, sing Hanukkah songs, be mesmerized by a magician, and play Hanukkah bingo. Pre-register online.

Contributing Writer