Hanukkah begins on Sunday night, December 18 this year. Read on to see where you can attend a menorah lighting ceremony or other fun event with your family.
November 10 – December 23 (Select dates)
World’s Largest Dreidel
Allaire Community Farm, Wall Twp.
Although this event is mainly a Christmas lights display and doesn’t include a typical menorah lighting you can still see the world’s largest dreidel, which will stand 30 feet tall on the property grounds.
Holiday Car Parade, Tree Lighting, Menorah Lighting
Veterans Park to Community Center, Monroe Twp.
Decorate your vehicle and join the holiday car parade coordinated and led by Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1. Afterward, gather for Christmas tree and menorah lightings.
Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge
Although this is a festival based on Dutch Christmas traditions, at 2 pm inside the Campbell-Christie House, Bergen County Historical Society volunteer Ariel Woll will demonstrate how the menorah is lit and will explain the history, traditions and customs of Hanukkah.
My Yiddish Chanukah
Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway
This musical and theatrical Chanukah celebration is great for the whole family, featuring a young ensemble of performers and accompanied by a hip Klezmer ensemble.
There will be both a menorah lighting ceremony and Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 pm. Come by an hour earlier for some crafts and photos.
Robbinsville Library, Robbinsville
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a kids’ storytime and craft.
December 11 – 22, select dates
Chanukah With Your Community
During CTeen Jr. Latke Wars, kids in grades 6-8 can compete to win the title of Ultimate Latke Master in a Master Chef: Chanukah edition. The Jewish Women’s Circle of Short Hills will host Menorahs & Martinis: design a beautiful granite menorah while sipping martinis and noshing on Hanukah treats. Light Up the Night at the annual Millburn/Short Hills menorah lighting at Taylor Park. CTeen Lights & Strikes is a night of bowling, pizza, donuts and a grand menorah lighting for kids in grades 9-12. Chanukah on Ice will have your family skating to Hanukkah music around a huge menorah.
Veterans Memorial Park, Jamesburg
Join the community for this special Hanukkah celebration.
Friendly’s Holiday Celebration
Foxmoor Shopping Center, Robbinsville
A menorah lighting takes place in addition to a tree lighting, ornament craft, holiday music and a visit from Santa.
Latkes & Vodkas
Temple Beth Shalom, Manalapan
This evening of live music, drinks, food and fun – despite its name – is open to adults and kids for a fun-filled Hanukkah party!
Lighting of NJ’s Largest Menorah
State Park, Monroe Twp.
Join the Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe for a grand menorah lighting, chocolate gelt drop, donuts, latkes, hot cocoa and live music.
Taylor Park, Millburn
“Light Up the Night” during a public lighting of a huge 15-foot-tall menorah. There will also be a fire juggling show, latkes, donuts and hot chocolate, plus free Chanukah beanies.
Winter Wonderland & Marketplace
Papaianni Park, Edison
As part of a huge winter event, a menorah lighting will take place at 1 pm. You can also enjoy ice skating, shopping and a visit with Santa, if you’d like.
Town Plaza, Metuchen
Join members of Temple Emanu-El of Edison plus local residents for a menorah lighting, dreidels, donuts, hot chocolate, Hanukkah gelt (chocolate candy) and lots of singing.
Family Chanukah Palooza
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater
Chanukah Palooza is perfect for kids in Grade 3 and younger. There will be lots of crafts, music, sufganiot (donuts), latkes, dreidel games, gelt, a dress up contest with prizes, a candle lighting and more.
December 18 – 25
Local cantor Baby Bear celebrates Hanukkah with his family, Grover and more of your Sesame Street friends as you all play a game of dreidel, light the menorah and learn all about Hanukkah. The lighting ceremony takes place at 5 pm each night.
December 18 – 26
American Dream, East Rutherford
East Main Street
Outside of the Hall of Records, a giant menorah will be lit for all to see. The festivities start at 4:30 pm.
This year’s theme is Peace, Love & Light. Residents of all ages and faiths are welcome to join this annual outdoor event, and then stay for some goodies inside.
Bell Works, Holmdel
In the Main Atrium you can witness a menorah lighting plus take part in other Hanukkah activities.
There will be great music and great fun on the patio of the Nassau Inn, presented by The Jewish Center of Princeton.
Community Chanukah Lighting & Celebration
Bridgewater Township Municipal Complex, Bridgewater
Show off your vocal chops during a sing-along with Yosi. Enjoy donuts, gelt and a hot chocolate bar.
Town Hall, Manalapan
Special guest speaker Rabbi Ken Brodkin from Congregation Sons of Israel will lead the township menorah lighting. Bring your family and stay after the lighting ceremony for some light refreshments.
Rabbi Sholom Bogomilsky from the Maplewood Jewish Center will light the menorah in Ricalton Square.
Nefesh Mountain: The Hanukkah Show
SOPAC, South Orange
The musical group combines elements of Americana, Appalachian Bluegrass, Celtic Folk and Eastern European melodies with messages of inclusivity, diversity and hope during their Hanukkah Show.