Hanukkah 2017 in Jerusalem

November 21, 2017
By: Joanna Shebson

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. 


Cinderella at the Beit Hillel Theater Jerusalem – Enjoy the 2013 Broadway version of this great story. Great activity for all ages! Purchase Tickets

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. scavenger@funinjerusalem.com 

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. caron@funinjerusalem.com


VIP Family Movie Event – Justice League or Disney’s Coco

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 Reutkakadu@funinjerusalem.com

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.

Jerusalem Municipality Sponsored Hanukkah Events
December 14Cinema City: HOP Performers, Agam Bahat and more…| December 20Yes Planet: “Uncle Haim (Dod Chaim) Performs | All events FREE

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


Beit Avichai Hanukkah Performance “It happened on the First Candle” Sun-Wed December 17-20 | 11:00am and 3:00pm daily | Reservations Required

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 zappa@funinjerusalem.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.

Jerusalem Theater Shows: Peter Pan the Eternal Magic | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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


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. oldyishuv@funinjerusalem.com

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! biblicalnaturalhistory@funinjerusalem.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

Exclusive Hanukkah Segway Tour of the Old City – Embark on a spectacular tour of the alleys of the Jewish Quarter filled with lights shining from the Menorahs. zuzu@funinjerusalem.com

Paintball in Jerusalem
Compete against your friends and family in this exciting game as you race through the Jerusalem forest trying to catch your opponents! paintball@funinjerusalem.com

Jerusalem Ropes Course on Hanukkah 2017 – if you are looking for an activity that combines history and a physical challenge, Jerusalem Ropes course is a great activity!! ropes@funinjerusalem.com

Family Zomet Experience – Come and find out how rabbis and engineers solve techno-halachic problems. English and Hebrew Tours. zomet@funinjerusalem.com

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) einyael@funinjerusalem.com.

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. pat@funinjerusalem.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! adumim@funinjerusalem.com

BLOC Climbing Hannukah – Challenge yourself and your kids at the BLOC in Jerusalem,  300 sqm of climbing walls for all ages and levels! bloc@funinjerusalem.com

Glow-in-the-Dark Hanukkah Bowling:Take your family for a night of glow-in-the-dark bowling at Good Lanes in Mishor Adumim. goodlanes@funinjerusalem.com

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) karting@funinjerusalem.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. glass@funinjerusalem.com

Saba’s Little Museum – learn about the history of the State of Israel through momentos and keepsakes of a time gone by. saba@funinjerusalem.com

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 hadara@funinjerusalem.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.

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About Joanna Shebson

Joanna is the Founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem. What started out as a mommy blog has grown into a successful tourism website. Joanna is married with three kids and lives in Katamon, Jerusalem. She loves to inspire family fun in Jerusalem.
2 Responses
  • Yitzchak Carroll says:


  • A very joyful and informative information shared by you.This year hanukkah brings a great news that white house also celebrate.American president greet for this festival and join celebration with whole family members.
    Thnaks Joanna

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