13 Fun Virtual Hanukkah Events and Games for Kids and Families This Year

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It’s almost time again for eight nights of celebration! Get ready to spin the dreidel and light the menorah because Hanukkah is right around the corner.

Even if you’re in lockdown, there are plenty of virtual ways to get into the spirit of the holiday, and some games too. One benefit of so many events moving online this year: you can celebrate the holiday with people all over the globe!

Events – Live & Virtual

Currently, we’ve found only one local in-person event. All other events are virtual for 2020.

Auroroa’s Menorah Lighting Ceremony

A rare in-person event this year! Aurora is hosting their Town Hall menorah lighting, with live music, traditional foods, and children’s crafts.

Aurora Town Hall, 15145 Yonge St., Aurora
December 13 @ 6–8 pm

Hanukkah, Festival of Lights: Virtual Edition

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston hosts this virtual Hanukkah event with programming especially for families, including music, art, story time, animation, and a candle lighting.

December 9 @ 5 pm

Hanukkah Virtual Race Events

Win a menorah medal and a Hanukkah buff when you register for these virtual 5k or 8k races, or run 8k every day to be rewarded a Star of David ring.

Through December 20

Klezmer Concert

Celebrate Chanukah with this musical extravaganza. Enjoy the lively tunes from the comfort of your own living room.

December 7 @ 8 pm

Latkes & Light: A Virtual Family Hanukkah Celebration

Kids can learn more about Hanukkah and tzedakah, sing and dance, and do fun activities, online.

December 13 @ 10–11:30 am

child playing with dreidels on carpet

Light the Legend

Professional musicians and singers celebrate Hebrew, English, Ladino, and Yiddish music as they say goodbye to Shabbat.

December 12 @ 7 pm

Meet the Maccabees

Delve into the history of the Maccabees, followed by a musical medley: “Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah” at this online Chanukah party.

December 2 @ 7:30–9:30 pm

Pre-Chanukah Wonderland

Learn to build your own menorah, enjoy some entertainment, and play an interactive game, with a supply kit delivered to your home.

December 6 @ 11:30 am

Public Menorah Lighting

Celebrate Chanukah with an online view of the menorah lighting at Mel Lastman Square.

December 10 @ 5 pm

Remembering the Light

This free, virtual concert celebrates Chanukah unity in this live-stream event.

December 6 @ 7:30 pm

Virtual Israel Tour

Take an online, guided tour through Israel, visiting the sites of the Maccabees struggles of more than 2,000 years ago.

December 13 @ 5–6 pm

Online Hanukkah Games for Kids

Photo: JewishKids.org

Chanukah Games

Discover more about the holiday with games, stories, videos, and quizzes about Chanukah from JewishKids.org.

My Menorah

Roll the dreidel, light your candles, and open your presents with this fun, interactive menorah app by educators and curriculum developers at Jewish Interactive.

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  • Jenjo Games

    Give that current situation is so difficult everywhere. You have shared some really interesting idea for having fun during this holiday. Thanks!