Our Hannukah vacation will look very different this year. But you can still light up your holiday with an amazing range of family-friendly online activities and a few in person activities assuming there is no lockdown. Bring the family together, support local businesses and have some Fun In Jerusalem this Hannukah!
Hanukka/Chanuka is one of the most family-oriented holidays, and as it lasts for 8 days.
It is a magical time to walk through the streets of Jerusalem in the evening to see the candles lit on the street, in apartment windows and in local homes.
Comedy for Koby Online Zoom Shows – Light your candles, bring in the donuts and laugh the night away at our virtual Comedy for Koby Tour from the comfort of your home. Each show will be hosted by Avi Liberman.
- Sunday December 13: Jessica Kirson, Wayne Federman, Bob Zany
- Monday December 14: Erin Jackson, Butch Bradley, Don McMillan
- Tuesday December 15: Tammy Pascatelli, Steve White, Ron Pearson
Hanukkah at Beit Avi Chai where you can join Eliad, Lee Dan and the children of the School of Music to sing together in words and sign language – because “you and I will change the world”. Meet Tsipi Shavit when she hosts us in her home with her grandchildren for a festive first candle lighting!
Train Theater Hanukkah Puppet Festival with online shows and interactive workshops for kids, live theatrical tours in Jerusalem’s streets, a special indoor puppet mischakiya and a few interesting lectures for adults.
If you prefer more of a challenge for the mind then Israel ScaVentures has come up with a few different ways to use scavenger hunts to entertain your kids.
ScaVentures in the Land of the Maccabees! – Whether you’re a family, a school, a youth movement or a corporate group, you will LOVE your ScaVenture in the Land of the Maccabees! All you need to play is a dreidel, a map of Israel, a copy of the Greek alphabet and of course an advance booking! Ask about their app games or reserve an in person guided scavenger hunt.
Great news! The new Biblical Museum of Natural History is now open to the public. Reserve in advance to be part of small groups and take an interactive tour of the museum that connects animal life and the Torah.
Take a tour of the Zomet Institute and learn about halacha and technology. This eye opening interactive tour gives you a real feel for the problems and solutions that Zomet solves each day. Private groups can be arranged in Hebrew or English.
Take a Behind the Scenes Sofer Tour with an actual scribe . Moshe Braun will guide you through the process of scribal arts with lots of great information and interactive activities. The Sofer Studio is located in Beit Shemesh. This is an excellent idea for families with Bar Mitzvah aged kids.
Enjoy art workshops either at home with a take home kit or in the studio with in small groups. Two great in person family art workshops in Jerusalem are Rave Mosaics & Jclay Pottery Painting. If you prefer to buy a kit to be delivered to your door then order a Mosaic Kit from Creative Crafts. Choose from a name plaque, game board, mirror, and more.
Head out to Mevo Horon just 30 minutes from Jerusalem near Modiin for a glass art workshop at Artesana. At Artesana it’s ok to break glass…in fact – it’s encouraged. Create beautiful pieces of glass art this Hanukkah.
If you prefer a flameworking & glass blowing workshop then head over to Yael Vloch’s studio in Baka just off the Park Hamesilla but make sure to make a reservation before you go!
If you want to mix art with a little adventure then head out to the Kakadu Studio in Tsafririm near Beit Shemesh where you can also rent bikes and hike at Nekudat Motsa.
For an interactive animal experience in the Judean desert visit the Exotic Animal Farm which has opening hours each day and you can even ride a camel. It’s only a few minutes outside Jerusalem in Gush Etzion.
For some heart pounding adventure reserve a Laser Tag activity at Latrun for your family or your capsule. Race through the obstacle course filled with tanks and army paraphernalia or book an Army Day and feel like you are a soldier in the world’s greatest army.
Prefer the adventure of Paintball in the Jerusalem Forest? This is also a great activity that can be reserved in advance for your own family or freinds “capsule”.
The main candle lighting ceremony at Kikar Safra will be aired on TV and there will also be many concerts that can be enjoyed online.
Hanukka Take Out
Don’t miss out on the best sufganiyot in town – Pat Ba’Melach artisan bakery. Located in Efrat this is a jewel in the culinary world. Stop in for some great food, takeout and breads. The restaurant is currently closed for in house dining but there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the delicious food in Efrat’s parks.
Take a break from the kitchen and enjoy a freshly cooked meal from Naomi Catering this Hanukkah. Meats, salads and desserts. You need to be out having fun and come back home to a delicious meal or a fully prepared shabbat.