Hanukkah in Los Angeles 2017

Celebrations for Chanukah, Channukah, Hanukah, Hanukkah in Los Angeles

A menorah mounted on the top of a car driven by a Chabad volunteer on the seventh day of Hanukkah
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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 2017 are from sunset December 12-20.

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    Skirball Cultural Center
    Photograph by Susan Einstein • Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center

    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 LA Latin American community. Entertainment includes Latin Jewish bands Klezmer Juice and Pan Felipe and dances by Versa-Style and Mambo Inc.

    When: December 10, 2017, 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 member and children under 2
    Parking: Free in the North Lot structure
    Metro: Metro Rapid Bus #761
    Info: www.skirball.org

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    Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center
    Courtesy of Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center

    A community event featuring stage performances, children's games and crafts, gift boutiques, family portraits.

    When: December 9, 2017, 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
    Info: www.sijcc.net

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    Hanukkah Festival at the Zimmer Children's Museum

    Zimmer Children's Museum
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    A fun-filled day of light-themed activities, including shadow-themed arts and crafts and story time.

    When: December 10, 2017, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Where: 6505 Wilshire Blvd #100
    Info: www.zimmermuseum.org 

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    Hanukkah Family Fun Day in Malibu

    Shalom Institute
    Courtesy of Shalom Institute

    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 17, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Where: Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
    Cost: $10
    Info: www.shalominstitute.com, Tickets

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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 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Sherman Oaks Galleria
    Cost: Free
    Info: shermanoaksgalleria.com/events/menorah-lighting

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    Menorah Lighting Ceremonies on Third Street Promenade

    A menorah mounted on the top of a car driven by a Chabad volunteer on the seventh day of Hanukkah
    Getty Images/Bob Berg

    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 12-19, 2017, nightly at Sundown
    Where: 1300 Third Street Promenade between Arizona & Santa Monica Blvd
    Cost: Free
    Parking: 2 hours free at nearby lots before 6 pm, Promenade Parking Info
    Info: www.downtownsm.com

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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 12=20. 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 12-20, 2017
    Where: Catalina Kitchen at Terranea, 100 Terranea Way,  Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
    Cost: A la carte pricing
    Info: www.terranea.com/palos-verdes-events

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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 17, 2017, 6-9 p.m.
    Where: Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
    Cost: Free
    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
    Guide to Universal CityWalk

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    A buffet dinner with latkes, donuts and dreidels, glow-in-the-dark sand art, arcade games, and more.

    When: Dec 17, 2017, 4 p.m. 
    Where: Chabad of Los Feliz, 1930 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles
    Cost: $18 adult, no charge for children
    Info: www.chabadlosfeliz.org

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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 18, 2017, 7:30-9 p.m.
    Where: Two Rodeo Drive (N Rodeo Dr and Via Rodeo), Beverly Hills, CA
    Cost: Free
    Info: lovebeverlyhills.com

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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: Awaiting updates for 2017
    Where: JEM community Center 9930 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.jemcommunitycenter.com

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    The annual Hanukkah Celebration at the Farmer's Market includes children's craft workshops, holiday foods, music and a Menorah Lighting Ceremony.

    When: Dec 17, 2017, 2:30 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Farmer's Market Plaza, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Cost: Free
    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
    Info: www.farmersmarketla.com


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    Challah Bread
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    Chabad of the South Bay will light a menorah made of challah at the Outdoor Village at the Del Amo Fashion Center. The event features live music, Chanukah crafts, latkes, cupcake decorating and more.

    When: Dec 17, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: The Outdoor Village at Del Amo Fashion Center, (parking off Fashion Way), 3525 Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503-5760
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.chabadsb.org

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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 13, 2017, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    Where: 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA
    Cost: Free
    Info: http://www.shopcommons.com/event/menorah-lighting-chanukah-celebration-5/

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    Chanukah on the USS Iowa

    USS Iowa Floating Museum
    Getty Images/Peter Thornton

    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 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m. 
    Where: USS Iowa Pacific Battleship Center, 250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.chabadsb.org

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    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 12 to 20, 2017, 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 12-20, 2017, 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.
    Info: pretendcity.org

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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: Awaiting updates for 2017
    Where: 2437 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.thedistricttl.com

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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 12, 2017, 5:30 p.m. 
    Where: Fashion Island Atrium Garden Court near the lower level of Barnes & Noble, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.jewishnewport.com