Where To Celebrate Hanukkah 2016 In And Around Philadelphia

Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Philly at museums, attractions and beyond...

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on Saturday, December 24, 2016 and will end the evening of Sunday, January 1, 2017.

In Philadelphia, museums, attractions, restaurants and parks will celebrate this eight-day holiday in a variety of festive ways.

Grab your gelt, spin your dreidel, light the menorah and check out these Hanukkah events and non-Christmas events around Philadelphia.

For even more Hanukkah celebrations, check out the Jewish Exponent for religious and community celebrations throughout the holiday.

Latkepalooza

Photo by Mario Manzoni for The Gershman Y

One of the biggest events of Hanukkah in Philadelphia is perhaps Latkepalooza at The Gershman Y. Annually, some of the city’s most popular restaurants prepare their best (and most interesting!) latkes for guests to enjoy — more than 3,500 latkes will be served over just two hours! This year, feast on latkes from places like Federal Donuts, Jones, Tria Taproom, Estia, Mission Taqueria and more. The event is known to sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon.

Latkepalooza

When:Sunday, December 18, 2-4 p.m.
Where:Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street, third floor
Cost:$20 for general admission, $15 for children ages 2-12, free for children under 2

www.gershmany.org

Festival of Lights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

The museum’s weekly Art After 5 soiree celebrates Hanukkah with Klezmer music from the West Philadelphia Orchestra. Join in the celebration beginning at 5 p.m. and stay to wander around the festively decorated museum.

Festival of Lights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Friday, December 23, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Included with admission

www.philamuseum.org

Hanukkah Celebration at Franklin Square

Franklin Square Holiday FestivalPhoto courtesy J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia Inc.

On the eve of Hanukkah, Franklin Square hosts a night filled with holiday games and crafts in celebration of the Festival of Lights. The free event invites those of all ages out to the Square, dressed in its festive finest and featuring the grand Electrical Spectacle at its center. 

Hanukkah Celebration at Franklin Square

When:Friday, December 23, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:Free

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Being [ ] at Christmas at the National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by M. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

On Christmas Day, the National Museum of American Jewish History invites families to fill in the blank during Being [ ] at Christmas. The annual event welcomes those from all backgrounds for a day of music, games, children’s activities and more.

Being [ ] at Christmas at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Sunday, December 25, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East
Cost:$12 for adults, $5 for children (12 years old and under), FREE for members

www.nmajh.org

8th Annual Moo Shu Jew Show at Ocean Harbor Restaurant

While celebrants across the country gather on December 24 to deck the halls, going out to the movies and a Chinese meal has become a veritable Christmas tradition for Jewish revelers. Building off of that idea, The Gershman Y's Moo Shu Jew Show gives audiences a live alternative to Hollywood blockbusters and long waits for dim sum. This year's comedic lineup includes guests from The Late ShowLast Week Tonight with John Oliver and more. Tickets for this annual event do sell out in advance, so scoop up seats now.

8th Annual Moo Shu Jew Show at Ocean Harbor Restaurant

When:Saturday, December 24, 6 p.m.
Where:Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race Street
Cost:$75 in advance, $85 at the door

www.gershmany.org

Cocktails and Candles

NMAJHPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Join the Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History for a festive affair to celebrate Hanukkah with complimentary drinks, latkes, behind-the-scenes gallery tours and Hanukkah décor.

Cocktails and Candles

When:Thursday, December 22, 7-10 p.m.
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Ml East

www.nmajh.org

Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Rittenhouse Square

Hanukkah PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Friends of Rittenhouse Square

The annual lighting of the menorah in Rittenhouse Square heralds the arrival of the holiday to one of Philadelphia's busiest neighborhoods. As dusk settles over the park, prayers will be sung and a candle will be lit on one of the city’s largest menorahs.

Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Rittenhouse Square

When:Tuesday, December 27, 5:30 p.m.
Where:Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets
Cost:Free

www.evensi.us

Please Touch Museum Hanukkah Celebration

The family favorite Please Touch Museum invites those of all ages out for a special Hanukkah celebration. Spin a dreidel and enjoy a lively Klezmer performance by the always-awesome West Philadelphia Orchestra.

Please Touch Museum Hanukkah Celebration

When:Thursday, December 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
Cost:Free with admission

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

Federal Donuts Chanukah Donuts

Photo courtesy Federal Donuts

Federal Donuts supplies sweet treats for the Festival of Lights — and they're available for pre-order. Check out the online store to order up honey-dipped mini donuts filled with raspberry jam. The little treats are available via pre-order only (20 minis for $18), with pickup at the 1632 Sansom Street or 701 N. Seventh Street stores only.

Federal Donuts Chanukah Donuts

When:December 23-24, 30-31
Where:Federal Donuts, 1632 Sansom Street

www.federaldonuts.com

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