Hanukkah festivities, crafts and activities are underway across Long Island. Giant menorahs will be lit, dreidels spun, and latkes devoured.
You'll also find car parades, fire jugglers, ice skating events and more. Here are some of the most fun family-friendly celebrations, and be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide for more events this month. Happy Hanukkah!
Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach
Dec. 6-13, 2015, 5pm
Music and dancing. The lightings will continue each night of Chanukah.
The Whaling Museum, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
Dec. 6, 2015, 1-2pm
Dive into the world of oil, from whale oil to olive oil. See different oil lamps from our collection, try testing seeds for their oil content and create a wooden menorah for Hannukah.
Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
Dec. 6, 2015, 1pm
Free raffle with prizes, Jester Jim will perform juggling at 2:30pm, Hanukkah cookie decorating, take a selfie with JoJo the Dreidel, crafts, music, face painting, community service and more.
Walt Whitman Mall, Melville
Dec. 6, 2015, 1pm
Free raffle with prizes, Hanukkah cookie decorating, crafts, music, face painting, community service and more.
The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington
Dec. 9, 2015, 5:45pm
Join Rabbi Alyssa Mendelson Graf from Port Jewish Center for holiday story time.
Central Synagogue of Nassau County, 430 DeMott Ave., Rockville Centre
Dec. 13, 2015, 12-2pm
Party for all ages with story time, crafting, baking, cookies and more.
Community Chanukah Celebration
Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside
Dec. 6, 2015, 11am-2pm
A holiday celebration for the entire family.
HANC, 25 Country Dr., Plainview
Dec. 6, 2015, 10am
Hanukkah carnival games, latkes & donuts, live olive press, Hanukkah crafts, eaturing Cique-tacular Entertainment.
Hanukkah Candle Lighting
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills
Dec. 7, 2015, 4:45pm
Lights, treats, crafts and songs. Ongoing at 5pm each night of Hanukkah.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Chanukah Celebration
Chabad Center for Jewish Life
2174 Hewlett Ave., Merrick
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, 5:30pm
Historic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our new preschool and playground, followed by special Chanukah activities and the 9th Annual Glow in the Dark Menorah Parade & Menorah Lighting.
Veteran's Memorial, Corner of Broadway and Bedford Ave., Bellmore Village
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, 6pm
Local Synagogues in Bellmore will participate in a 10-foot silver Menorah lighting. Chanukah Songs, chocolate gelt and Chanukah giveaways.
Chanukah on Ice
Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 W Bay Ave., Long Beach
Dec. 13, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm
Watch the sculpting and lighting of the largest Ice Menorah in New York. Ice rink will be open exclusively to Chanukah on Ice participants. Pizza, dinner, hot latkes, donuts and chocolate gelt for all.
Chabad of Mid Suffolk Menorah Lighting
H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Hwy., Hauppauge
Dec. 12, 2015, 7pm
Glow in the dark Menorah lighting. Latkes, doughnuts, fire jugglers, give aways and more.
Friends and Family Day
Sid Jacobson JCC
300 Forest Dr., East Hills
Dec. 25, 2015, 9:30am-12pm
Celebrate Chanukah one more day! Come spin the dreidel, play in the gym, and eat holiday treats. Explore your creativity and help others by making soup for those in need. Experience the amazement and surprise of our special magic show! See friends, meet new ones and have fun with the whole family.
Originally published on 12/5/12