Hanukkah is a great time to spend in Jerusalem. As the sun goes down the candles are lit and can be seen across the city. I love going on Hanukkiah walks with my kids in different neighborhoods.
Looking for some special events happening in Jerusalem for Hanukkah? We will list them here as we hear about them.
Ein Yael – Olive Oil Festival – One Day Only – Enjoy some special ancient craft activities for Hanukka for kids of all ages. Wednesday December 20 | 10:00am – 3:00pm | 25 NIS child 35 NIS Adult | No reservations required
Candle Lit Scavenger Hunt – choose the location Old City or Nachlaot Scavenger Hunt.
Race through the alleyways of the Old City as you find clues and accomplish missions. Watch the Old City light up as the candles are lit and feel the Old City come alive. Reservations required. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerusalem Art Tours – offers art loving tourists of all ages an insider’s look into the Jerusalem Art Scene. Experience the neighborhoods of Jerusalem through the eyes of the artists. 2 Hanukkah tours: The Mamilla/Chutzot Hazyozer Art Tour and The Nachlaot Art Tour. Reservations required. December 15,17,18,19. email@example.com
Enjoy a special VIP dinner buffet with your kids at a Fun In Jerusalem VIP Movie event. In order to be able to bring the entire family we will be showing two movies at the same time and you can choose which one you want to see. Purchase tickets
Capture the Candles – a Jewish Escape room created by Kol HaOt in the Artist’s Colony. Can you solve the clues and rekindle the Hanukkah miracles? For ages 6+ Each group can be up to 6 people. Private groups are up to 6 people 240 NIS. Price per person 50 NIS. Dec 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 – check times here.
Kakadu Hanukkah Family Art Workshops: Using the famous Kakadu technique you can create your own pieces of art – hanukkiot, dreidels and more. Workshops each day of Hanukkah at 8:30am 10:30am or 12:30pm. Reservations required. Make it into a full day and rent bikes at Nekudat Motsa next door to explore the area of the Bar Chocba caves. Make a reservation before Hanukkah and receive a special discount from Reut. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hanukka Family Adventure in Zedekiah’s Cave – A unique family experience in the most mysterious place in Jerusalem, solve a mystery of thousands of years in a real “escape cave”.| Dec 17-19 | 11:00am-4:00pm | 30 NIS | Ages 4+
Take a walk down Hutzot Hayotzer – Meet the Artists – Hear the Stories – Explore the Galleries. Hanukkah is a great time to take a walk down one of Jerusalem’s first artist’s alleyways. See beautiful embroidery, silver Judaica, paintings, photography and more. No reservations required. Let the artists know you hear about them on Fun In Jerusalem.
“Between the Decades” Experiential Journey to mark the 70th Anniversary of Israel – Safra Square will become an educational park with activity complexes and an experiential journey for the entire family. The park will feature film complexes, artists, creative workshops, interactive games, and more.
Aza Trip – In celebration of Hanukkah, Music in Jerusalem | Location: Cafes on Aza Street | Dates: December 13 and December 20
Crossroads-Janglo Night Run – December 14
PERFORMANCES & ENTERTAINMENT
Zappa Jerusalem – Jerusalem’s favorite restaurant/bar concert venue invites you to come and enjoy a LIVE concert in their intimate setting. Music concerts nightly. This Hanukkah there will be 2 children’s shows. Organic Music – Stories from the Land of Colley and Children of the Tree House email@example.com
Train Theater Festival – The Train Theater is an artistic repertoire puppet theater for children. Enjoy daily puppet shows.
Musical Program at Aish HaTorah – includes authentic musical performances, stories and songs in the atmosphere of Hanukkah. Dec. 14, 18, 19
Solomon Brothers Concert – Mikes Place | December 12 | 9:00pm | Free | Reserve your Spot!
Pyromania at Zedekiah’s Cave – A spectacular dance performance where dancers use LED suits, drums and lighted accessories, grinders and rhythm accessories in an incredible underground quarry cave. Dec. 14 | 7:00pm | 35 NIS
Night Tour and Musical Performance at Ammunition Hill – A guided tour of the illuminated trenches in the memorial site followed by the show “Infinite Meeting” which corresponds to the work of Natan Alterman. December 13 and 19 | 7:00pm | 80 NIS
Children’s Theater Festival @First Station – Children’s shows daily.
Shedding Light at Kol HaOt: a captivating presentation by Artist Ken Goldman on his funky & humorous contemporary ritual objects. Free. 7 pm at the Kol HaOt Center, Hutzot HaYotzer – Jerusalem Artists’ Colony.
Photo Credit: Ken Goldman
MUSEUM EVENTS –
Many of the Jerusalem Museums will have FREE entrance for kids this Hanukkah. Check the FREE Jerusalem Museum’s list.
Hanukkah Lantern Tours at Har Herzl – Dec 12, 13, 14 there will be tours in English at 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm. The tour includes a tour of the museum and a lantern tour of Mount Herzl.
Hanukkah at the Old Yishuv Court – Explore the Historic Hanukkiyas (Menorahs) from the Museum collection and/or enjoy a Hanukkah tour of the Jewish Quarter and the Museum of the Old Yishuv. firstname.lastname@example.org
La-La-LED Exhibit at the Bloomfield Science Museum – Experience a unique exhibit of darkness and light, with special activities and events for the entire family.
Biblical Museum of Natural History Leopards, elephants and the Hanukkah story! Visit the Biblical Museum of Natural History and explore a whole new aspect of the Festival of Lights! English and Hebrew interactive guided tours daily. Reserve Now! email@example.com
Hannukah at the Tower of David Museum.
– The Mystery of the Lost Treasure December 14,17,18,19,20 10:00am-3:00pm | Friday Dec 15 – 10:00am-12:30pm
– Woodworking Workshop – December 14,17,18,19,20 10:00am-3:00pm | Friday Dec 15 – 10:00am-12:30pm
– Oil Lamp Tour December 13,14,17,18,19 4:30pm
Time Travel at Ammunition Hill – a guided tour of ammunition hill from long ago until today. | December 13,14,17,18,19,20 10:00am- 3:00pm – tour begins every hour on the hour | December 15 10:00am and 11:00am
Israel Museum Hanukkah– The Magic Screen | Theatrical Illusions Show Combining magic and animation on a giant LED screen & hands on workshops. Dec 17-20
ACTIVITIES – requiring reservations
Ein Yael – is a interactive outdoor museum where you can enjoy fun artisan workshops like fresco, basket weaving and instrument making, petting zoo and so many other activities. Reservations are required for private groups (except for Festival on Wednesday December 20) firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE TOTE BAG for anyone who signs up for a Hanukkah Pat BaMelach Bread Workshop in advance (that means before Hanukkah starts). Learn to make pretzels or focaccia while you learn about the grain cycle in Israel and in the Torah. email@example.com
Tour Adumim Hanukkah Tours – What is the connection between Hanukkah and Maale Adumim? Come explore with “Tour Adumim” …enjoy a day filled with fun activities and learn about this gorgeous Judean Desert region of Israel! firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Karting at Team Karting – Experience the rush of Go Karting at the exclusive Team Karting race track in Jerusalem. Open daily this is a really fun activity for kids ages 8+ and adults. For special Hanukkah prices print this coupon (note the times it’s valid) email@example.com
Hanukkah Glass Blowing & Frame Working Workshop – learn to make a syvivon (dreidel), candles, candle sticks or candies out of glass. This hands on workshop teaches you the art of glass making. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hadara Ceramics Workshop – great activity for the whole family. Hadara guides you through the process of creating your own unique pieces using clay. Choose to make Hanukkah inspired pieces or your own dishes, name plaques or more. All pieces are painted and kiln dried by Hadara after your workshop. Located off Emek Refaim email@example.com
Special Hanukkah Hours at The Bloc – take your kids bouldering in the Center of Town. December 13,14,16,17,18,19,20 – 10:00am-11:00pm
Friday December 15 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Botanical Gardens – See and explore the beautiful gardens through the special Hanukkah navigation game.
More Events and Activities will be added shortly.
Looking for Hanukkah day camp for your kids?
- BIG IDEA is planning some exciting technology camps for Hanukka. Cyber security, YouTube Camp or try out a day of BIG IDEA at BIG FEST camp to give you the feel for what you can do in the summer. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Open Studio Hanu-kaytanna will be hosting some special days of arts and crafts. email@example.com
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