However you spell it, there are Hanukkah celebrations in Los Angeles and Orange County that range from simple community gatherings to elaborate public exhibitions. The dates for Hanukkah for 2018 are from sunset December 2-10.
The Hanukkah Family Festival at the Skirball, features music and dance, hands-on arts and crafts and tasty Hanukkah treats. 2017's event explores the themes of Hanukkah through the traditions of the Los Angeles Latin American community. Musical entertainment includes Melinda West, Janice Markham and klezmer band, Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi with dances from Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendaz.
When: December 2, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Cost: $12 General; $9 Children 12+, Seniors 65+, and Full-Time Students; $7 Children 2-12, Free to members and children under 2
Parking: Free in the North Lot structure
Metro: Metro Rapid Bus #761
A community event featuring stage performances, children's games and crafts, gift boutiques, family portraits.
When: December 1, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Silverlake JCCC, 1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (entrance on Effie)
Cost: Kids 2+ $15, Adults free
Hanukkah Festival at the Zimmer Children's Museum
A fun-filled day of light-themed activities, including shadow-themed arts and crafts and story time.
When: December 9, 2018, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: 6505 Wilshire Blvd #100
Family fun activities including arts and crafts, games and farm activities, zip line, climbing wall, cookie decorating a Hanukkah Sing Along and more. A Kosher lunch will be provided.
When: December 9, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Terranea will be having Menorah-lighting ceremonies at sundown in the Lobby Living Room nightly Dec 2-10. They are also putting together a special a la carte Hanukkah menu at catalina kitchen and a special Hanukkah lunch and sweet treats at sea beans restaurant.
When: December 2-10, 2018
Where: Terranea resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Cost: A la carte pricing
Southern California's largest menorah will be lit at CityWalk's Cinema Plaza with accompanying festivities and a tribute to Jewish music.
When: December 9, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Parking: $10 general after 3 pm, $20 preferred, front gate closest to theme park entrance, $30. Valet available
Metro: Red Line to Universal City
Info: www.citywalkhollywood.com, www.chabadofthevalley.com
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A buffet dinner with latkes, donuts and dreidels, glow-in-the-dark sand art, arcade games, and more.
When: December 2, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Chabad of Los Feliz, 1930 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles
Cost: $18 adult, no charge for children
Beverly Hills will have a public Menorah Lighting Ceremony and Hanukkah Celebration including live music, refreshments and face painting.
When: Dec 2, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Two Rodeo Drive (9480 Dayton Way), Beverly Hills, CA
JEM Hebrew School presents the Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Beverly Canon Gardens. There will music, doughnuts, hot latkes, a gift for every child, face painting and more!
When: December 2, 2018, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Beverly Canon Gardens, 241 Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
The annual Hanukkah Celebration at the Farmer's Market includes children's craft workshops, holiday foods, music and a Menorah Lighting Ceremony.
When: Dec 2, 2018, 2:30-5 p.m.
Where: Farmer's Market Plaza, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking: 2 hours free with validation/purchase, $4 for the 3rd hour and $1 per 15 minutes thereafter to a $20 maximum, $2/20 minutes up to $20 w/o validation
The first public Menorah Lighting on a battleship, this Chanukah celebration includes a tribute to the US Armed Forces aboard the USS Iowa in San Pedro.You'll also find music, dreidels, latkes, hot chocolate and more. Mention this event to receive discounted admission to the USS Iowa Battleship Museum before the event (tickets sold until 4 pm) and Ice Skating on the USS Iowa after the event.
When: December 2, 2018, 4-7 p.m.
Where: USS Iowa Pacific Battleship Center, 250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731
Hooray for Hanukah at Pretend City Children's Museum
Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine is celebrating Nanukah with activities, stories, rhymes, songs and crafts designed especially for 3-5 and 5-8 year-olds. There are different activities each day from December 2 to 10, 2018, with some scheduled in the morning and others in the afternoon.
When: December 2-10, 2018, hours vary for activities
Where: Pretend City, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Cost: Included in museum admission of $13.75. Military and family $10.50. Free for infants up to 12 mos.
Chabad of Irvine will host various menorah lighting ceremonies during Chanukah. The fun starts on December 2 at the District Shopping Center with a giant Rice Krispies Treats menorah. On December 4 at. there will be a giant cotton candy menorah at Pretend City Children's Museum. Near the end of Chanukah on December 9 there will be giant doughnut menorah lighting ceremony at the Irvine Spectrum. There will be music, latkes, donuts, dreidels and more at each ceremony
When: December 2, 4 and 9, 2018, 3 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free ($1 per person the Pretend City lighting)
Entertainment, crafts, dreidels, food and a menorah lighting at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.
When: December 2, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Fashion Island Atrium Garden Court near the lower level of Barnes & Noble, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660