Best Hanukkah Events for Kids in Chicagoland

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these family-friendly, local events.

Hanukkah begins on sundown of Dec. 18 and ends on the evening of Dec. 26. Here are some of our picks for Hanukkah events in Chicago and the suburbs for a way to celebrate.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins 

Dec. 11-31, 2022

This new stage adaptation of the classic children’s holiday book. Music will help tell the fantastical story of Hershel of Ostropol defeating a series of goblins over the eight days of Hanukkah. A pre-recorded performance will also be available online so you can still enjoy the show from home.

First Night, First Light

Dec. 18, 2022

Light the first candle and enjoy live entertainment, Hanukkah games, food and more with JCC Chicago and Gallagher Way.

Chanukah Wonderland

Dec. 18-22, 2022

The Chabad Israeli Center and Chabad of Northbrook bring the Chanukah story to life with Menorah-making, doughnut decorating and much more. 

Festival of Lights Party

Dec. 20, 2022

Celebrate the third night of the Festival of Lights with music dreidel competitions and  s’mores by the campfire.

Celebrate Hanukkah with NEWCITY and Chabad Lincoln Park

Dec. 21, 2022

Enjoy an evening of indoor fun that includes a Menorah Lighting, face painting, balloon artists, hot cocoa, DJ and kosher treats. All ages welcome.

Menorah Lighting

Dec. 21, 2022

Join NewCity for their annual menorah lighting celebration with Chabad Lincoln Park. They’ll light a 6-foot tall Lego menorah at 5:30 p.m., and then celebrate with games, treats and music.

6th Night, 6th Light: Dreidel Drop-in

Dec. 23, 2022

Celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah with arcade and lawn games, snacks, cookie decorating, and arts and crafts.

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