Hanukkah Events for Families in Chicagoland

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

This year, Hanukkah begins on sundown of Dec. 7 and ends on the evening of Dec. 15. Here are some of our top picks for Hanukkah events in Chicago and the suburbs to celebrate.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins 

Dec. 3-23, 2023 (Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays)

In this adaptation of the award-winning book, a troupe of actors arrive to find no one celebrating Hanukkah so they put on a show. Advanced registration is required.

1st Night, 1st Light: Camp Chi Hanukkah Kickoff Party

Dec. 7, 2023

Light the candles, enjoy food, play arcade games and celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at this family-friendly event. Registration required.

4th Night, 4th Light at Gallagher Way

Dec. 10, 2023

Enjoy a Hanukkah celebration with live entertainment, a DJ, giveaways and a candle lighting. Also, explore Winterland and Christkindlmarket. Registration required. 

5th Night, 5th Light: Cookie Decorating with Apachi Evanston

Dec. 11, 2023

Take part in cookie decorating and a night of candle lighting at Bernard Horwich JCC in West Rogers Park. Registration required. 

6th Night, 6th Light: Family Challah Bake

Dec. 12, 2023

Join Anya Viner, owner of Tigertail Bakery, to learn how to braid and decorate Challahkiahas. Registration required. 

7th Night, 7th Light: Teen Hanukkah Party at The Revere

Dec. 13, 2023

Teens in grades 7-12 can drop in for Lite-Brite Design and dreidel competitions, fill-your-own sufganiyot, photo booth, Maccabee dodgeball tournament and music. Registration required.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.
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