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 2015 are from sunset December 24, 2016, to nightfall on January 1, 2017.
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Hanukkah at the Skirball Cultural Center
The Hanukkah Family Festival at the Skirball, features music and dance, hands-on arts and crafts and tasty Hanukkah treats. Entertainment features the band Mostly Kosher, Douglas Ewart and the Orbit ensemble, Triumph of the Egg featuring Zada Mendoza, and a sing-along with Noah Shalom and Brendan Brandt. Included with museum admission.
When: December 18, 2016, 11:00 am - 4 pm
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Cost: $12 General; $9 Seniors,65+ and Full-Time Students; $7 Children 2-12, Free to member and children under 2, (No coupons or discount admissions)
Parking: Free in the North Lot structure
Metro: Metro Rapid Bus #761
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Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center Festival of Lights
A community event featuring stage performances, children's games and crafts, gift boutiques, family portraits.
When: Sunday, Dec 10, 2016, 10 am - 2 pm
Where: Silverlake JCCC, 1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (entrance on Effie)
Cost: Kids $15, Adults free
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Hanukkah Festival at the Zimmer Children's Museum
A fun-filled day of light-themed activities, including stories by Artist & Story Teller Julie Jacobs, and a special guest performance by Klezmer Juice at 3:00 pm.
When: December 18, 2016, 12:30 - 5 pm
Where: 30801 South Coast Highway
Cost: $7.50, infants under 1, free
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Hanukkah Family fun Day in Malibu
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 18, 2016, 10 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Info: www.shalominstitute.com, TicketsContinue to 5 of 19 below.
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Menorah Lighting at Sherman Oaks Galleria
Live music, crafts, games, food and a menorah lighting at Sherman Oaks Galleria presented by Chabad of Sherman Oaks.
When: Dec 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
Where: Sherman Oaks Galleria
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Menorah Lighting Ceremonies on Third Street Promenade
Nightly Menorah lighting ceremonies with community representatives on the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Special performance by Klezmer Juice Dec 10.
When: December 24, 2016 - January 1,2017, nightly at Sundown
Where: 3rd Street Promenade near Arizona, Santa Monica, CA
Parking: 2 hours free at nearby lots before 6 pm, Promenade Parking Info
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Hanukkah Dinner at Catalina Kitchen at Terranea
Terranea will be having Menorah-lighting ceremonies at sundown in the Lobby Living Room nightly Dec 24-Jan 1. 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 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017,
Where: Catalina Kitchen at Terranea, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Cost: A la carte pricing
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Chanukah at CityWalk
Southern California's largest menorah will be lit at CityWalk's Cinema Plaza with accompanying festivities and a tribute to Jewish music.
When: Dec 24, 2016, 6-9 pm
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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Chanukah in the Fisherman Village Party in Los Feliz
A buffet dinner with latkes, donuts and dreidels, glow in the dark sand art, arcade games and more.
When: Dec 26, 2016, 4 pm
Where: Chabad of Los Feliz, 1930 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles
Cost: $18 adult, $15 child, $54 family 4 pack
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Menorah Lighting in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills will have a public Menorah Lighting Ceremony and Hanukkah Celebration including live music, refreshments and face painting.
When: Dec 27, 2016, 7:30-9 pm
Where: Two Rodeo Drive (N Rodeo Dr and Via Rodeo), Beverly Hills, CA
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Chanukah Dance Off Carnival in Beverly Hills
JEM Hebrew School presents Chanukah Dance Off Carnival featuring a Break Dancers vs Rabbis Dance O, an all new dunk tank, carnival booths, pony rides and petting zoo, DJ, break dancers, Grand Menorah Lighting and more.
When: December 27, 2016, 4-7 pm
Where: JEM community Center 9930 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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LA Farmer's Market Hanukkah Celebration and Menorah Lighting Ceremony
The annual Hanukkah Celebration at the Farmer's Market includes children's craft workshops, holiday foods, music and a Menorah Lighting Ceremony.
When: Dec 27, 2016, 2:30 - 5 pm
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
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Grand Cupcake Menorah Lighting at Del Amo Fashion Center
Chabad of the South Bay will light a menorah made of cupcakes at the Outdoor Village at the Del Amo Fashion Center. The event features live music, Chanukah crafts, latkes, cupcake decorating and more.
When: Dec 27, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: The Outdoor Village at Del Amo Fashion Center, (parking off Fashion Way), 3525 Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503-5760
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Menorah Lighting & Hanukkah Celebration at the Commons at Calabasas
The Calabasas Shul hosts a grand Hanukkah celebration including live music, free latkes and donuts and a fireworks show.
When: Dec 28, 2016, 6:30-9:30 pm
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Chanukah on the USS Iowa
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: Dec 28, 2016, 5:00 pm
Where: USS Iowa Pacific Battleship Center, 250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731
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Hooray for Chanukah at Pretend City Children's Museum
Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine is celebrating Chanukah 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 24 to 30, 2016, with some scheduled in the morning and others in the afternoon. There will be a special all day menorah lighting event on December 26.
When: December 24-30, 2016, hours vary for activities
Where: Pretend City, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Cost: Included in museum admission of $12.50. Military and family $9.50.Free for infants up to 12 mos.
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Menorah Lighting Ceremony at The District in Tustin
Chabad of Irvine will host a Menorah Lighting Ceremony of the world's first "Bottle Flip" Menorah in front of the theaters at The District in Tustin. There will be music, latkes, donuts, dreidels and a "Bottle Flip" competition.
When: Dec 27, 2016
Where: 2437 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782
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Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Fashion Island
Entertainment, crafts, dreidels, food and a menorah lighting at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.
When: Dec 28, 2016, 5:30 pm
Where: Fashion Island Atrium Garden Court near the lower level of Barnes & Noble, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660